Kody Y. Kodama

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Memories & Candles

“Kody is gone, but his fond memories will remain with us for ever. His gentle demeanor and charming smile are irreplaceable, but his legacy will...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Dr. Reza and Mandy Nazemi - CA

“There is an old Jewish saying, that people die twice. Once is a physical death, and the second is when people cease to mention their name. Kody...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Gene and Nancy Goergen - Ocala, FL

“Just wondering how Kody and Roy are doing with their afterlife golf games. Love, Fumy and Debo Machida ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Fumy and Debo Machida - CA

“I feel honored and privileged to have met Kody 43 years ago. When we first met I was impressed by what a special man he was. Always the peace-maker,...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Ken Truitt - Prescott, AZ

“Jeanette and Reiji, Michael and I were so sorry to hear of Kody's passing. He was a warm and wonderful man. I enjoyed working with both of you...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: susan chow - piedmont, CA

“Kody was an amazing man with the strongest will to live of anyone I have ever known. His kindness, love ,courage and welcoming spirit will remain in...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: maggie dibona - rancho mirage, CA


The time since Kody's passing, while filled with sadness, has provided the opportunity to recall tremendous heartfelt memories of a beloved man.

While Kody captured the essence of a true entrepreneur and dedicated hobbyist, his primary passions in life were his family and perpetually growing circle of friends. His greatest source of happiness was found in the joys of others, as he took great pride and pleasure in developing and nurturing genuinely loving relationships with all those around him. He never uttered a disparaging word, and was forever quick to greet every person and situation with the enthusiasm, fun, and positivity he felt was always deserved. He held an uncanny ability to listen attentively, while providing eternal encouragement, praise, and when asked, wisdom and insight. Kody used his incredible intellect and love of people to lead through example, placing a steadfast dedication to leading with his heart over his head. Perhaps one of his best characteristics was his modesty, crediting his accomplishments to his colleagues and the Lord, while deemphasizing his talents and contributions, and holding himself solely accountable for any shortcomings. He held himself to the most discriminating standards of honesty, integrity, and respect, always appreciating and accepting people and situations for how they were. Kody had an unwavering faith in humanity, always entertaining an irresistible prejudice in favor of those he cared for, and relishing the opportunity to take a proactive interest in the enrichment of others' lives.

Regardless of who you were and how he was feeling, his life was characterized by sincere welcomes and fond farewells, always savoring the opportunity to deliver a warm smile and twinkling eye. His willingness to listen and ability to understand you, as you wanted to be understood was unparalleled. His faith in you, your talents, and abilities, was limitless, and met with his belief that your accomplishments, regardless of how substantial, were meager in comparison to your potential. Perhaps most importantly, you never had to worry, as regardless of how you felt you'd come across, he always saw you as being at your best.

Every meaningful celebration he hosted, served not to celebrate himself, but rather provide the opportunity to show appreciation for, what he felt, was the privilege of the friendships he was given. Kody took tremendous pride and enjoyment in his friendships, often suggesting, when asked, that his friends and family be used as the benchmark for others' aspirations. His deep appreciation and enjoyment of life, was largely founded on the many memories he shared with loved ones, which immeasurably enriched his life, providing him with value beyond compare.

As his health declined, his legacy burned brighter than ever, as evidenced by the indelible mark his kind soul made on friends and strangers alike. Throughout his ordeal, his focus remained not on what he had lost, but rather, on what he still had - his family, friends, and the good times ahead. When reflecting on the memory of Kody, let us remember a man, who in his own very quiet and humble way, used his greatness to construct a life of incredible meaning and unrivaled significance.