James Hiroshi Horizumi

Oct 23, 1933 - Jan 2, 2013


10/23/33 – 1/2/13 Jim, 79, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep after celebrating the New Year with friends. He was the younger child of Toyoki and Shizuko Horizumi and the brother of Alice Horizumi. Jim was born in Sacramento, California where he lived most of his life but spent his youth in Kumamoto, Japan where he met his wife Sachiko Kobata Horizumi. He resettled in Sacramento with his family in the late 1950’s. Jim was a self-employed entrepreneur driven by a strong work ethic, often spending seven days a week at work. His first venture was in landscape design. He took pride in creating beautiful gardens, including prize winning entries at the California State Fair. Later he applied his skills to his own yard and built a Japanese tea house. He also took joy in helping neighbors, family and friends with their gardens. As a second career, Jim shifted his business to importing & exporting ventures with Japan. He traveled often to Japan helping American businesses navigate Japanese culture and language and was still actively involved on projects at the time of his death. Jim enjoyed league bowling in his younger days and later golfing and taking early morning walks in his East Sacramento neighborhood. He was once mentor for a youth group at the Sacramento Buddhist Church and an active member of the Kumamoto Kenjin Kai. Jim liked creative cooking and always enjoyed a good family meal. Jim leaves a family of his wife Sachiko, five children: Joyce Horizumi, Beverly (Skip) Gonsalves, Bobbi (Peter) Silten, Lesley (Jeff) Key, and Derek Horizumi, six grandchildren: Malia & Noelani Gonsalves, Collin & Misa Mulhern, Ian & Kyle Key, and a great granddaughter Luna. Jim passed along to his children the importance of working hard and having dreams. A private memorial service was held. Interment is at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4300 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento.

Published in Sacramento Bee on January 20, 2013

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