In memory of
Peter Lynn Takagi
Peter Lynn Takagi, 58, left to rejoin his family in heaven on Dec. 23, 2016 in Meridian, Idaho after a short time in the hospital.
Born in Pleasanton, California, on Feb. 16, 1958, Peter was the sixth of eight children born to Henry and Margherita Takagi. He was very proud of his family, and spoke of his parents frequently, especially about his father being in the military and how his parents met and married in Italy during WWII. He talked about his brothers and sister and told story after story of the childhood memories he cherished.
Peter, as the son of a father in the military, moved to several cities, but mostly grew up in Tucson, spending countless hours hanging with his brothers, his cousin Billy, and his best friend Tommy. He enjoyed watching movies, war documentaries, fishing, hunting, camping, and traveling.
He worked as a grounds keeper and in maintenance at various jobs, including Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, and at the Boise School District.
Peter moved back to Tucson from Boise in 1990 to take care of his Mom and Dad, moving next door to his parents. Later, he took care of Margherita after Henry passed away.
He married Kim on her birthday, Aug. 27, 1994, in Las Vegas. They had a daughter, Sarah, born in Tucson on Aug. 30, 1995, and later they were granted guardianship of Kameron, their grandson, on May 6, 2006. They moved to Middleton in Sept. 2000, where Peter spent the remainder of his life.
A man who never lacked a smile on his face, with an infectious laugh that brightened a room, Peter never met a stranger and never seemed short of stories to tell anyone he met. He was a loving, caring, flamboyant man who never minded telling personal stories about his family and friends if it meant getting a laugh — much to their embarrassment. Peter was loyal to his family and friends and never hesitated to help someone he loved. He made sure the people around him were deeply loved, comfortable and happy. He was never short on compliments, freely bragged of his family's accomplishments, and always made us smile. He was warm, cuddly, sweet, and fiercely protective of everyone he cared for. And if he loved you, he loved you passionately.
Peter enjoyed making other people laugh, hugged everyone, and made people feel like they were a part of his family. He even shared stories of his family with the nurses and staff at the hospital during a stay just prior to his last short stay when he journeyed off to heaven. He had a big heart and a big smile that will be missed by many.
Peter is preceded in death by his parents, Margherita and Henry, his brother John Takagi, his sister Celeste Kaechele, and sister-in-law Ellen Takagi.
He is survived by his wife Kim Takagi, daughter Sarah, son Kameron, brothers Patrick, Paul (Jan), Mike, Mark (Nancy), Henry, and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
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