Lyn Harue Honda

April 22, 2020

 

Longtime Tiburon resident Lyn Harue Honda died April 14 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael of cardiac arrest brought on by advanced pneumonia. She was 72.

 

She was tested for COVID-19 while in the emergency room and the results came back negative, said Ms. Honda’s sister, Charlotte Honda. Ms. Honda, who had asthma, was prone to bronchitis and had had pneumonia before, her sister said.

 

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Honda was the daughter of Harold and Asae Sakamoto Honda, Americans of Japanese ancestry. Before Ms. Honda was born, her parents, her two older sisters and members of their extended family were transported from their home in San Jose, where they were strawberry farmers, and interned at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a concentration camp near Ralston, Wyo., for the duration of World War II.

 

After the war, many of Ms. Honda’s relatives went back to California, but her father accepted a job in Cleveland, and the family relocated. Ms. Honda was born two years after the move on May 7, 1947. She attended Ohio State University briefly before seeking escape from the cold Ohio winters and moving to California.

 

She worked in television production for KRON-TV in San Francisco but was laid off during a recession in the late 1970s. From then on, she worked for retail stores in downtown Tiburon, including The Candy Store on Main Street and the now-closed For Paws pet store on Ark Row. 

 

In earlier years, she enjoyed playing tennis with her TV station colleagues. 

 

She moved to Tiburon in the late 1980s and loved it, Charlotte Honda said. 

 

“She wouldn’t leave Tiburon if her life depended on it,” Charlotte said. 

 

In more recent years, she was a frequent presence at community events.

 

She had a hip replacement in July 2018, which slowed her down. 

 

In addition to sister Charlotte Honda, who lives in New Fairfield, Conn., Ms. Honda is survived by an extended family of cousins, some of whom live in the San Jose area.

 

A memorial gathering will be held in spring 2021. Donations in Ms. Honda’s memory may be sent to Marin Humane, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949.

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