Seichi Hayashida

Seichi Hayashida
May 15, 1919 - September 7, 2013
Seichi Hayashida 94 of Nampa died Saturday, September 7, 2013 at a Caldwell care center.
Seichi was born on May 15, 1919 in Seattle, Washington. They moved to Bellevue, Washington area in 1923. His family lived on a small produce farm. Seichi trucked produce into Seattle's Pike Place Market, often times early in the morning, before going to school. Baseball was one of his early passions, as well as fishing and judo. He was able to earn his black belt degree. Summers often involved Nisei baseball tournaments with teams from as far away as Yakima coming to play. He graduated from Bellevue High School in 1937. He worked for a while on the Grand Coulee Dam construction site.
He and his family were relocated to internment camps after the outbreak of World War II. Before the war he had met Chiyeko (Chickie) Yamaguchi, a girl of interest from a neighboring farm. During the internment process they were married on August 23, 1942, at the Tule Lake, California Internment Center. Son Dean was born January 27, 1944 at the Hunt, Idaho, Minidoka Relocation Center.
After the War, Seichi and Chickie moved to Huston, Idaho, where he worked as a farm hand. They spent about a year in the Caldwell Labor Camp around 1947, and move to Nampa in 1948. He continued to work as a farm hand, eventually share-cropping until 1951. He bought a farm south of Nampa, across a drain ditch from the Catholic Cemetery, kitty-corner from what is now Skyview High School. He rented other farm ground as well and mostly grew row crops such as onions, beets, and potatoes. It was during this time he added another lifetime pursuit in addition to fishing. He started participating in the sport of bowling. Before long he had is his own ball, bag, and shoes.
In the fall of 1955, an opportunity for a partnership in the Nampa Bowling Center with John and Elma Henry arose. He left farming and began working in the bowling business, which was, along with fishing, one of his favorite pastimes. Much later he would add golf to the recreation list.
In the summer of 1958 an expansion and remodeling of the Nampa Bowling Center was completed. The facility increased from seven alley beds to twelve; and upgraded from semi-automatic pin-setters to fully automatic Brunswick A-1 Pin-setters. The partnership expanded its business in 1960, to include a second bowling establishment, the Gem Lanes. A few years later Gem Lanes was destroyed by fire and not rebuilt. During the late 1960's and 70's he owned and operated the Nampa Bowling Center at its original location on 12th avenue. During that time there were some "bumps in the road". He thought it was time to go back to farming, so he sold the business around 1962. The new owners decided the bowling business was really not for them, so he was back in the bowling business again. This time for good. In 1985, he was inducted into the Idaho Bowling Council's Hall of Fame. In 1997, the Greater Boise Bowling Association inducted him into its hall of fame. His highest sanction game was 290, though he had numerous unsanctioned 299's.
In 1981, the new Nampa Bowl was opened on the Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard. The old Nampa Bowling Center was closed and equipment and lanes were transferred to the new center which had a total of twenty-four lanes, a snack bar, pro-shop, locker rooms, and lounge. He and Chickie attended several Bowling Proprietors Association of America conventions, vacationing along the way. After the start of the 1983-84 bowling season, he retired from bowling proprietorship and management. Shortly thereafter he worked on a part time basis at the Meridian Lanes until his full retirement in the fall of 1997. In 1992, he and Chickie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his son Dean and his wife Amy (Hirai) of Caldwell; grand daughters Kristin (Joe) Porraz of Nampa and Karin Hayashida of Seattle; great-grandson Joseph Porraz of Nampa; sisters Fumi Ogawa of Boise and Nori (Roy) Oyama of Caldwell; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Chickie, mother Kame and father Kenta, brothers Satoru of Nampa and Shigeyuki of Japan.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Ashley Manor Crescent in Caldwell and Kindred Canyon West in Caldwell for their care and support.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2013 at Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Avenue South, Nampa, Idaho. To share a memory of Seichi or to offer condolences to Seichi's family please visit

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Sept. 11, 2013