Janice K. Ichiho
Janice K. Ichiho

October 17, 1948 - February 18, 2017
Resided in Sacramento, CA
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Janice Kimiyo Ichiho passed away suddenly from a brain aneurysm on Feb. 18. She was 68.

Janice Ichiho was born Janice Uda on October 17, 1948 in Sacramento. She graduated from Courtland High School in 1966 and later attended Sacramento City College. On March 4, 1969 she married Ronald Masami Ichiho, and together they had two children, Gayle Ichiho and Byron Ichiho.

Jan was the only girl in a family of five boys and as a result developed an early interest in women's athletics. In the late 1970s she filled in as the coach of the John F. Kennedy High School varsity women's basketball team and led the team to a Metro league title. From 1993 through 2002, she coached the women's junior varsity basketball team at C.K. McClatchy High School, earning coach of the year honors during the 1994-95 season. From 2004 until her death she was the assistant coach for both women's junior varsity and varsity teams at Inderkum High School and helped take the team to the state semifinals during the 2015-16 season.

Jan also cofounded the Sacramento Believers Organization in the mid-1970s. The men's and women's team accomplishments were on full display in her house. During the 1980-90's she coached and managed youth teams at the Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church, California Middle School and was a league coordinator and board member of the Nisei Athletic Union for more than two decades. More recently, she helped coordinate and run Basic Hoops, a well-attended youth basketball clinic.Yet she could never quite get enough of the game and on most weekends could be found in the gym with her husband, Masami, quietly cheering on their kids, grandchildren, Kamryn (12) and Payton (9), friends and family members.

"Jan's House", is where she ran a small daycare center over the past 40 years, was often designated headquarters for fundraisers and family gatherings. Every New Year she'd host a raucous party when the house became packed with people and homemade dishes. Every summer she'd open her garage and help chop and separate ingredients for an annual Chow Mein fundraiser. On so many occasions she held poker games that would stretch long into the night. And before every niece's wedding she upheld a longstanding tradition of meticulously folding a thousand paper cranes for them.

Jan was fiercely devoted to her family and later in life would have her family crests tattooed onto her ankles. But her definition of family was loose and included not only her five brothers and many other relatives, but also the dozens of former players she had coached, the children she had babysat and her countless friends.

In addition to her husband, two children and two grandchildren, she is survived by five siblings and four sisters-in-law Frank Jr. and Lisa Uda, Russell and Gloria Uda, Masashi Uda, Kyle and Jean Uda, and Lane and Betsy Uda; and a daughter-in-law Amie Ichiho. She is predeceased by her parents, Frank and Sada Uda; and son-in-law Doug Shoji.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, March 12 at 11:30 a.m. at The Sacramento Asian Sports Foundation, 9040 High Tech Ct, Elk Grove, Calif. 95758