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In Memory of

Takashi Kitashima

February 11, 1929 - September 12, 2016

Obituary


TAKASHI (TAKA) KITASHIMA, D.V.M.
February 11, 1929 - September 12, 2016

In the very early morning of September 12, 2016, Dr. Tak Kitashima, 87, passed away. He suffered a stroke on December 26, 2011 and for the past 5 ¾ years has waged a courageous battle against the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's with dignity, grace, a sense of humor and a good disposition.

Dr. Tak was born on February 11, 1929 in Atwood, CO to the late Tokujiro and Yeto Fukuda Kitashima. He grew up on various farms in Colorado with 6...

TAKASHI (TAKA) KITASHIMA, D.V.M.
February 11, 1929 - September 12, 2016

In the very early morning of September 12, 2016, Dr. Tak Kitashima, 87, passed away. He suffered a stroke on December 26, 2011 and for the past 5 ¾ years has waged a courageous battle against the symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's with dignity, grace, a sense of humor and a good disposition.

Dr. Tak was born on February 11, 1929 in Atwood, CO to the late Tokujiro and Yeto Fukuda Kitashima. He grew up on various farms in Colorado with 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Tak volunteered for a 3 year stint in the Army, during the Korean War. He went on to Colorado State University and completed his veterinary medical education in 1960. After working for the USDA for a number of years, Dr. Tak began his work with small animals and specialized in birds. Practicing for 52 years, many friends, family and animal patients of all kinds have benefited from his compassionate manner and cherished his love and generosity. Tak, a devout Christian prayer warrior, was very active in church and the E-Team Bible Study.

Tak enjoyed Denver Broncos football, Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs baseball, old western movies, continuing education trips to CSU with his veterinary colleagues, predawn reading of the Bible, spreading the good word, witty humor and its reaction, family gatherings, watching his family in all types of sports, golf and running with his dogs. He ran 10Ks (the BolderBoulder was a favorite) and half-marathons into his early 80's. Tak was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, brother, veterinarian and sincere friend. He will be missed by all.

Tak is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean Kitashima, his children Wes (Mimi), Stuart, Matt (Molly), grandchildren Laura (Danny) Giglio, Leah Kitashima (Ryan Johnson), Elliott Kitashima, Vail Kitashima & Quinn Kitashima. He leaves behind sisters Nuie Motoyama, Miye (Herb) Onodera, brother Cecil Kitashima, sisters-in-law Moonza Kitashima, Flo Kitashima, Kinu Kitashima, Marilyn Settles-Clark, brothers-in-law Ken Nakauchi, Tom Muroya, Sam (Ising) Muroya, David Sakamoto, Hal (Jan) Muroya, Rik Muroya & Richard (Tina) Muroya. He was blessed with 20 nieces, 18 nephews, 25 grand-nieces, 24 grand-nephews and 5 great grand-niece/nephew babies.

Tak was preceded in death by his mom and dad, his brothers Ben (Betty) Kitashima, Nort Kitashima, Akie Kitashima, Rich (Evelyn) Kitashima, Kenneth (aka Kaz) Kitashima, sister Mary Nakauchi, sisters-in-laws Mabel Kitashima, Jeri Muroya, Alyce Sakamoto, brothers-in-law Bill Motoyama, Bill Settles & Mike Clark.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 2:00 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 4905 East Yale Avenue, Denver CO 80222 with a viewing from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Tak will be laid to rest @ 3:00 p.m. at Olinger Hampden Cemetery, 8600 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80231, the same day. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Grace United Methodist Church following the graveside service.

The family would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your love, continued support, thoughts and prayers.