|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1914|
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 2011|
9/24/1914 - 8/3/2011
"A Life Lived and Led by Grace"
Born September 24, 1914, to Kenzo and Sakaye Inouye in Oakland, California, Ari went home to his heavenly Father on August 3, 2011.
Known by many names, Ari was husband, Daddy, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Ari Uncle, Uncle Ari, and friend. He shared his joy for 69 years with his loving wife, Ida. He is survived by his children-David (Jan), Stan (Janie), Martin (Deb) and Arlene-and his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many extended family members.
In a moment of reflection, Ari said, "As I look back on my life, I know by his grace, God has led me every step of the way. Like the pieces of a mosaic, each piece of my life just seemed to ultimately fall into place.
We may not know what the future has for us, but God unmistakably reveals his plan and the way for us."
God certainly unfolded his plans in Ari's life. Ari grew up in the Bay Area, and after receiving his B.A. in Political Science (1936) from the University of California, he traveled to Japan to study the language, history, and culture. He fell in love with the gardens there and returned to UC Berkeley to earn his B.A. in Landscape Architecture (1941). When World War II started, he taught Japanese to U.S. Navy officers at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Upon his return, he became the first campus landscape architect at UC Berkeley, and retired in 1979, having received awards both in his field and for his work for the Navy.
Ari's greatest legacy was living a life guided by faith and his simple appreciation for God's creation and beauty, which he passed on to his family and his many close friends. He loved to fish and camp in the mountains, and collect large rocks for his gardens- all of which he enlisted his family's help and company. His growing family fulfilled his dream of being a part of an international family with the inclusion of Japanese, Caucasian, Chinese, and Korean cultures. He and Ida also "adopted" and mentored many young people throughout his life. He loved dancing, tennis, golf, lawn bowling, and entertaining guests, both in their home and at his favorite sushi restaurant. And of course, he always had room for dessert.
A memorial service for Ari Inouye will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011, 2:00 p.m. at Valley Springs Presbyterian Church, 1401 Olympic Drive, Roseville, CA 95661.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on September 17, 2011
Created by: Glenda Ragan
Record added: Sep 17, 2011
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