Jesse K. Akiyama


Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2004

Former Juneau resident Jesse K. Akiyama, 52, died Jan. 6, 2004, at his home in Aberdeen, Wash.

He was born Oct. 13, 1951, in Seattle to Tak and Hiroko (Kono) Akiyama. He was raised in Seattle and graduated from Franklin High School and the University of Washington graduating class of 1975. On June 26, 1978, he married Maralyn Tauber in Seattle. He served as an intern at Tokuda Drug in Seattle from 1974-1975. From 1976-1979, he worked for Rexall Drugs in Juneau; from 1979-1989 he was director for Bartlett Community Hospital in Juneau; from 1990-1996 he worked for Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash., and from 1996 until his retirement in 2001 he worked for Sunscript Corp in Tukwilla, Wash.

He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aberdeen; the Professional Association of Pharmacists and was vice president of Pattison Lake Townhome Owners Association in Olympia, Wash.

He enjoyed collecting coins and Rie Munoz prints. He enjoyed golf, downhill skiing, salmon fishing, cooking and antiques.

He is survived by his wife, of Aberdeen, his parents, of Seattle; daughter, Blair Nicole Akiyama, who is attending college at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.; sisters, Louise Wright of Ellensburg, Wash., and Nancy Fujimoto of Seattle; and a cousin, Dennis Akiyama of Salem, Ore.

A memorial service was held Jan. 13 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aberdeen.

Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's online guest book at

Arrangements are by Whiteside Family Mortuary in Aberdeen.

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