Kody Y. Kodama

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“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

Kody Kodama, 91, passed away on October 15th, 2013 in Rancho Mirage, California. Kody was born on October 17th, 1921 in Los Angeles, California, to Reiji and Tomeno Kodama, who had both emigrated from Japan. Shortly after his birth, Kody, along with his parents and older sister (Harue Kodama), would relocate to the quaint Coastal California town of Santa Maria, where the family would own and operate a successful farming business and a boarding house. Throughout his childhood Kody would excel in both academics and sports, graduating as class president and captain of the varsity baseball team from Santa Maria High School. Following graduation, he would attend the University of Southern California, until 1942, his third year, when Kody, his new bride (Terry Kodama), and parents would be interned in Arizona's Gila River War Relocation Center. After a several year incarceration, during which his son (Roddy Kodama) was born, the family would be released.

With the support of a family friend, they would relocate to Denver, Colorado, where his daughter (Joy Kodama) would be born. Eager to return to the life he had once known, Kody would soon embrace his grand ambitions of following his father's footsteps, starting his first farming operation which would serve as the foundation for a successful career. He would progress as a businessman, enjoying a lengthy and prosperous career as a farmer and produce broker. Kody's entrepreneurial endeavors, would ultimately lead him to establish his primary residence in California, where in 1974 he would marry Jeannette Kodama, with the birth of their son (Reiji Kodama) following in late 1982.

Throughout his life, Kody regularly indulged in a number of hobbies, including boating, sport fishing, cooking, fitness, skiing, and traveling. However, above all, he thoroughly enjoyed the game of golf, having once been a two handicap golfer. While Kody's list of golf partners would be numerous, he received tremendous enjoyment over his 30 years as a member of the "Rollers" golf group at The Springs Country Club.

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.

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.