Akira "Mori" Moriguchi

Akira "Mori" Moriguchi

Akira "Mori" Moriguchi, 73, passed away peacefully on Dec. 22, 2012, at his Seattle home, surrounded by family after an extended battle with cancer. Born Sept. 30, 1939, in Tacoma, Wash. to Fujimatsu and Sadako Moriguchi, he graduated from the University of Washington in 1965 with a Bachelor's of Science in electrical engineering. "Mori" as he was affectionately known throughout the community, and around the world, will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Kimberly Sun; daughters, Lena Sadako (Albert), Sarah and Hanah; his son, Jonathan; and his grandchildren: Donovan, Dylan; Savannah, and Kyla. He will be greatly missed by his six siblings: Kenzo (Carol), Suwako (James), Tomio (Jenny), Hisako (Harvey), Toshi (Susie), and Tomoko (Koji), as well as an extensive extended family, and many, many dear and devoted friends.

In his youth, Mori was awarded the Heisman Trophy in All-American Little League Football, and he also played the alto saxophone with the Lotus Skyliners Jazz Ensemble. He joined the U.S. army as a paratrooper and was stationed in Germany. After graduating from the University, he worked briefly at Boeing as an engineer. He continued his father's legacy by working in the family business, Uwajimaya, Inc. From 1965-1988, he spearheaded Seasia, Uwajimaya's wholesale division, and he helped to establish Food Service International, an Asian restaurant supplier, Kustom Foods, an Asian food manufacturer, and SunLuck, developing it's products initially, as it grew to become it's own company, focusing more on the non-Asian market. In the mid 1990s, he co-founded and franchised the Magic Dragon restaurant chain. Among his greatest accomplishments, was becoming the President and Chief Operating Officer of Uwajimaya, Inc. He retired in 2008.

As a long-time member of the Rainier Golf and Country Club, Mori will be especially remembered as the "Life of the Party," with his quick wit and sense of humor.

As a brilliant entrepreneur, he was never afraid to take risks. Everyone could attest to his generosity and heart of gold. One of Mori's favorite philosophies was, "Good Food, Good Wine (Stoli rocks with a lemon twist), Good Life!"

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Seattle Keiro Nursing Home.

Mori's Life Celebration Reception

Saturday, January 5, 2013:

Rainier Golf & Country Club

11133 Des Moines Memorial Dr. Seattle, WA 98168; (206) 242-2222

2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m

Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30, 2012