Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is expressing sorrow tonight in the unexpected death of community advocate and former state legislator Kip Tokuda.
"He was steadfast in his work for racial justice, for the disadvantaged, and for our youth," McGinn said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with his family, friends and the community that loved him."
Authorities in Island County said Tokuda suffered a heart attack while fishing on Deer Lake on Whidbey Island Saturday. Witnesses at the lake tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.
In March, McGinn appointed Tokuda to the Seattle Community Police Commission. Tokuda served in the State House from 1994 to 2002 representing Seattle's 37th District. He had recently retired as head of Seattle's Family and Youth Services Division.
He was a founder of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation and last year received The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays from the Emperor of Japan for strengthening friendly relations between the U.S. and Japan.
The 66-year-old Tokuda is survived by his wife and two daughters.
A public memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday (July 21) at Kane Hall on the campus of the University of Washington.
The memorial is open to the public. The family has set up a Facebook page "Remembering Kip Tokuda" for messages and photos.