He was 89.
Born in Mountain View and raised in Palo Alto, Jim built a greenhouse in the 1950's and began a wholesale bedding plant business known as Satake Nursery, which he and his son Russ operated for 60 years.
Jim held many leadership positions in
organizations such as the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, Fremont Fire District, Tri-City Association, Hiroshima Nikkei Jin Kai and has been an Honorary Ambassador for the Mountain View-Iwata City Sister City Program.
James voluntarily relocated to Delta, Utah, in 1942 during World War II. James was drafted into the US Army, served in Germany and was honorably discharged in 1945.
James is survived by his wife Fumie Satake, three children and their spouses, Russell Satake and Anita Lusebrink, Julie Satake Ryu and Edwin Ryu, Gail Satake-Nakamura and Stacy Nakamura.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nicole Ryu, Danielle Ryu, Rachel Nakamura, Rossten Nakamura, Erin Keikoan and Lisa Keikoan, his sister and her husband, Rose and Haruo Hayashi and his sister-in-law, Mary Satake and stepchildren Bruce and Judy Keikoan and Gail Keikoan along with many nephews and nieces, including special niece Fay Matsumoto and her husband, Larry.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary on Sunday, October 6 from 11AM to 1PM and a funeral service on Sunday, October 6 at 3PM at Mountain View Buddhist Temple, 575 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mtn. View.
sign guestbook at: cusimanocolonial.com.