James M. Kimura
1931 - 2020
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JAMES M. KIMURA
April 5, 1931 ˜ August 19, 2020

James M. Kimura, 89, of Vancouver, WA passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 19, 2020 due to age-related illness with family at his side. He was cared for and supported by his wife of 53 years and his children. His life was defined by his love for his family.
Jim was born April 5, 1931 to Kuniyoshi and Sato Kimura in Kilauea Kauai, HI. He was the youngest of six children.
Jim graduated in 1950 from Kauai High School and joined the US Army shortly thereafter. His tour of duty was spent in Stuttgart, Germany. Upon discharge, he enrolled at WSU using the GI Bill. He completed his undergraduate degree in education in 1957. His 30-year teaching career ended in 1988 with his retirement. He received his Master’s Degree in 1968 from PSU.
He married Sandra Holman in 1967 and they raised two children which were the “apples of his eye.”
Throughout Jim’s life, he enjoyed many passions. Due to his Island heritage, he loved to fish and was an avid gardener always happy to share his garden bounty. In retirement, he traveled to both old and new places, golfed with friends and played his favorite game _ cribbage. He was a lifelong WSU supporter. A devout Christian, he was an active member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Jim is survived by wife, Sandra; daughter, Naomi (Kelly); son, Tim (Maureen); sister-in-law, Sally Kimura of Kauai; brother-in-law, Bill (Barb) Holman of Lewiston, ID; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was kind and gentle in nature with a loving heart. He was a devoted husband, father, uncle, and friend. His spirit will continue to live through all the lives that he touched. Thank you to all who supported Jim, his family and to Kaiser Permanente Hospice in his final journey.
A private family service at St. Luke’s Columbarium is pending.
Donations to celebrate Jim may be made to: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663 or Hospice Care Program, 2701 NW Vaughn St. Suite 140, Portland, OR 97210.
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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 6, 2020.
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September 20, 2020
I worked with Jim very briefly at Marshal Elementary ... he was always such a kind man.
Gerry Hofman
September 13, 2020
Dear Sandra and Family,
I am so sorry read of Jim's passing. It was a pleasure to work with him at Sacajawea, where we would talk about Kauai and his growing up there. He was also a "master gardener". Take comfort in knowing Jim was well thought of and respected by so many. Sending peace and love.
Linda & Wayne Saunders
Coworker
September 9, 2020
I'm sorry for your loss. Mr. Kimura was my first grade teacher back in 1973 at Fruit Valley Elementary. I was scared at first to have a man teacher, but he was so kind and gentle. I have always remembered him with fondness.
Gretchen Roberts
September 7, 2020
Great memories from our Marshall days.
John Paget
Friend
September 7, 2020
Dear Sandy,
Terry and I have such fond memories of Jim while we lived in the Sluman Rd. house and were neighbors. He was such a fine man and a beloved teacher as well as a loving husband and father. He will be missed by so many in this community. My heart goes out to you with this loss.
Sending love from us,
Diane and Terry O'Connor
Diane O'Connor
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