James passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. He was born on September 10, 1964, in Fowler, Ca. to Seico and Satoe Hanashiro. James grew up in Fresno, graduating from California State Univesity, Fresno, with a degree in History/ Geography. James had many talents and enjoyed sharing them with friends and family. His cooking talents will live on in the recipes he shared with many. James was an amazing son that enjoyed sharing his life with his mother for the past 25 years since the passing of his father Seico. James was able to touch many people throughout his life, helping out at family owned restaurants, participation at church, many years at church camp and working at the Internal Revenue Service and Kurata's Auto. One of his proudest times was when he was a personal trainer at Rhonda's Fitness, where his great physical strength was matched by his dedication and enjoyment of personal training. James willingness to help any that asked, protect family and friends and always have time to enjoy a good meal will be memories that his family and friends will remember him by with fondness. He is survived by his mother, Satoe "Helen"; brother, Robert Hanashiro; and sister, Sharon Fujita. A Memorial Service for James will be held at United Japanese Christian Church on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 'L' Street, Fresno, California (559)266-0666
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Dec. 31, 2013