Rep. Patrick A. Takasugi
1949 - 2011
Patrick (Pat) Takasugi, 62, beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend, passed away, surrounded by his loved ones, after courageous battle with a rare appendiceal cancer, pseudomyxoma peritonei, on November 6, 2011. When Pat passed away, he was surrounded by the most important priority in his life, his family.
Pat was born in Brigham City, Utah on June 9th, 1949. His roots in farming began early when he grew up on his father's farm in Wilder. Pat graduated from Vallivue High School and the College of Idaho where he received his B.A. in Political Science. After college he took a path surprising to some, but not to Pat. He volunteered in the U.S. Army. While in the army he continued his pattern of never doing things in a small way. During his military career, he served as an officer in Army intelligence and earned Airborne wings, the Ranger tab and the Special Forces Green Beret. Pat also became certified in several forms of martial arts. He completed his military service as a U.S. Army Captain.
After his military service, Pat pursued his love, farming. He began farming in 1977 on 32 acres in Wilder and ended up farming over 1,500 acres. Early on, Pat became a very active member in public service to the farming community. He deeply respected the farming occupation and understood the challenges facing the farming industry, both locally and internationally. He served in innumerable roles in the Farm Bureau, nationally and locally. He was an officer in many other farm organizations including: Food Producers of Idaho; University of Idaho Agricultural Consulting Council; National Council of Agricultural Employers.
In 1996, Pat was appointed Director of the State of Idaho Department of Agriculture by Governor Phil Batt. Pat continued this role under three governors, serving the state for 10 years. Pat's farming and agricultural advocacy continued while both farming and acting as Director of the Department of Agriculture. He was an active member of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, including roles as the President and serving on the Board of Directors. He was also President and on the Board of Directors of the Western U.S.A. Trade Association. He travelled internationally representing the agriculture industry and the State of Idaho. He was an active member and officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture & State Committee. Subsequent to his role as Director of the Department of Agriculture, Pat was elected as a State Representative in 2008 representing the 10th district. Pat received innumerable honors and awards during his career as a reflection of his distinguished service.
Throughout Pat's life and busy career in the military, farming and public service, his most important priority was on his family and friends. He was a loving, caring and devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend. Pat married later in life and he always said it took a long time to find the "right person", Suzanne. Suzanne was Pat's best friend in the world, confidante and an incredible mother to their children. Their relationship was built on a deep foundation of love and respect for each other. Suzanne found Pat's dedication and endless involvement in public service activities a wonder and she was always there to provide him the loving support he needed to manage his incredibly busy life. Pat provided a loving and strong and deep foundation for his three children: Taylor, Cole and Paige. He found great joy in his family and referred to his children when they were small as the "little munchkins". He was always available to them, providing deeply felt love, guidance, humor and support. He instilled a strong sense of excellence and integrity in his children and they continue to carry on his legacy. Pat was a wonderful son. He was full of gratitude and appreciation for the loving sacrifices his parents made to ensure all the opportunities of an excellent education were available to him and his sister. He incorporated in his own family and life the integrity, love, humor, standard of excellence and warm family environment his parents provided. As his parents aged, he took wonderful care of them; their best interests and well-being were always in the forefront of his mind. Pat was very close to his younger sister, Colleen. He was the consummate "big brother". He was protective and a mentor to his sister in so many ways. His early record of achievement in school and beyond set a high standard for his sister to follow. He enjoyed making his sister the recipient of his endless sense of humor. They were in constant support of each other and enjoyed a warm and loving relationship. Pat was always there for his loved ones.
Pat had the gift of making friends and was well known for his exuberant personality, wonderful laughter and joy for life. If Pat was in the room, you knew it, whether by his strength of presence or his laughter. He was a person of strong opinions you knew what he believed and trusted him to act with integrity. Pat had a deep and abiding respect for those charged with caring for the public: those in the military; police; firefighters and individuals truly dedicated to public service.
Pat was blessed in so many aspects of his life: a loving family and distinguished career in farming and public service. He was loved by so many whose lives he touched. He will always be remembered with love and great affection. Pat always told his children, "no matter what you do in life, whatever job you have "always, always, make sure you can leave it a better place than you found it". Pat has unquestionably, left this world "a better place".
Pat is survived by his loving wife Suzanne; his precious children Taylor 17, Cole 16, and Paige 13; loving and proud parents, Michio and Ayako Takasugi; and his loving younger sister, Colleen Iwano; Andy Iwano brother-in-law, David Iwano, nephew; Laurie Backes, sister-in-law; Kathy Backes, sister-in-law and Alan Backes, brother-in-law.
The family extends our deepest appreciation for the wonderful care provided by Dr. Dan Zuckerman and staff of MSTI Boise and to his farm managers and friends of 30 years, Raul Luna and Leo Sandoval.
A vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 10th at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1122 West Linden Street, (Farmway & Linden), with visitation beginning at 5:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 11th at Our Lady of the Valley Church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. Memories and condolences may be shared with Pat's family in his online tribute at
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Published by Idaho Press Tribune on Nov. 9, 2011.
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November 14, 2011
Dear Suzanne, Taylor, Cole, Paige, Michio, Ayako, Colleen, and Family,

We were so very sorry to learn about Pat's passing away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. He has left quite a legacy with all his accomplishments and will be deeply missed. Pat is a role model for all of us! Take care always.
From the Heart,
Mike and Sue Sasaki
November 14, 2011
Dear Suzanne, Taylor, Cole, Paige, Mich, Aya, Colleen, Andy, and David:

I've been struggling with finding the right words to share my deep felt sympathy to all of you. Pat was truly one of a kind and left an impact on all who knew him. May the shoulders of your loved ones be strong and broad to help carry you through this most difficult times. Chris Kawahara Chester
Chris Chester
November 14, 2011
Dear Suzanne, Taylor, Cole & Paige:
Pat was the most remarkably talented, kind, genuine, warm & wonderful caring man. We wish more people were like him. He gave so much of himself to everyone he came in contact with. Our hearts & prayers go out to you. Pat will be missed but never forgotten.
Bob & Janet Komoto
November 11, 2011
Suzanne,Taylor,Cole and Paige,
We have been praying for Pat throughout his illness and will continue to pray for the repose of his soul. He truly lived a life of service to others and he will be greatly missed.
Phil and Trish George
November 10, 2011
Suzanne, Taylor, Cole and Paige,
We send your our very sincere condolences on the loss of Pat. He was a wonderful, caring man. You are a great family and missed at St. Paul's School. May his soul rest in peace and may you find comfort in the love of God.
Donald and Laura Reeping
November 9, 2011
Dearest Suzanne and family,
We are so sad to hear about Pat. Uncle Sho e-mailed me about the sad news.
Pat will be missed by many friends and family members. He will be remembered as a wonderful person who made everyone feel like a true friend. He and his family will be in our thoughts. God always takes the good ones home early in his loving embrace.
Christine, Owen Sulser and Fran Akita (Akita/ Sulser)
November 9, 2011
What an incredibly wonderful man. He will be dearly missed.
Carlin Hill
November 9, 2011
On behalf of the James Yamamoto family I would like to extend deepest sympathy to all the family members. Suzanne, Aya, Mitch and Collen our prayers go out to you. Pat will be truly missed, he has been such a wonderful person to be around and he has given not only to his country, the state and to the community. God Bless you.
Cindee Kawahara-Yamamoto
November 9, 2011
We extend our sympathy to the Takasugi family. Pat has served his family and country well and we extend our support in this time of sorrow with the loss of your husband, father and son.
Nolan & Sharon Taggart
November 9, 2011
Suzanne, Taylor, Cole, Paige and extended family members, We are so sorry for your loss. Patrick was an incredible person. We will remember him for his kind spirit, welcoming smile, and great sense of humor. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With Love...Lana, Todd, Rachel and Eric Albertson
Lana Albertson
November 9, 2011
To the family of Patrick Takasugi. Pat was an inspiration to me when I was growing up. That would include judo,
College of Idaho and the many other areas later in his life. He was a little older than I and led the way for us sanseis. Please accept my condolences to you and may god lead you somehow to accept and understand his passing. All my love and respect, Kenneth Kubosumi.
Kenneth Kubosumi
November 9, 2011
Our Hearts and prayers are with your family at this time. The Lyon Family
Diana Lyon
November 9, 2011
A deep pang of sadness hit me Monday morning, Nov. 7, when I learned that Pat Takasugi had died the night before from rare appendix cancer at the age of only 62. I had hoped against hope that Pat would pull through his personal health crisis that forced him to miss the entire 2011 legislative session. It was reassuring to find someone of his integrity, decency and stellar character in public office. I had seen Pat in many venues when he was an extremely popular state director of agriculture for a decade. He always was engaging, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about a wide range of issues. His affability and keen sense of humor also endeared him to farmers and ranchers throughout the state. I dare say he knew most of them by their first names. I am very grateful our paths crossed. There was no finer gentleman than Pat Takasugi, who was deeply devoted to his family, state and country. Idaho has suffered a tremendous loss.
Mark Mendiola
November 9, 2011