PIP Fukushima Passes Away In California

Dear Lions,

With deep regret we inform you that Kay K. Fukushima, Past International President (2002-2003) passed away on Friday, November 30, 2012 after a long but heroic struggle with illness.  A native of Sacramento, California, USA, he was elected to serve as president of The International Association of Lions Clubs at the association’s 85th International Convention in Osaka, Japan, July 8-12, 2002.

Upon graduation from high school, the late Past President Fukushima enrolled at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) studying electronics but was eventually drafted into the US Army.  His assignments led him to Redstone battery, a booster rocket for manned space flights at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  As a result, he soon found himself at Cape Canaveral, Florida, observing pioneering sub-orbital flights. Following his discharge, he enrolled at the University of California in Sacramento, where he changed his major to marketing, graduated in 1965 and entered the insurance profession.  He eventually started an insurance agency and grew his business into 16 successful branch offices.

In 1965 the late Past President was introduced to a member of the Sacramento (Senator) Lions Club, became a member and over time went on to transform the Club into a leading volunteer organization in the community.  He introduced and implemented many new ideas and projects, including financial support of the Sacramento Zoo; rebuilding of the Fairytale Town Japanese Tea Garden; benefit movie fundraisers; raft trips for the blind; language and cultural book projects; sponsorship of youth basketball; student speaker contests; recycling and nursing care programs; and a construction project to build a special crosswalk for the visually impaired in downtown Sacramento.  His influence and service were worldwide.

The late Past President Fukushima has held many positions within the association, including club president, zone chairperson, deputy district governor, district governor in 1978-79, vice chairperson of MD 4 (California and Nevada, USA) and served as an international director on the association’s board of directors from 1986-88.  He was a member of the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum Planning Committee from 1988-91, honorary chairperson in 2002 and is the author of the forum operational manual.  He also served as a District Governors-elect school group leader from 1994-99 and as a member of the original Leadership Institute Faculty from 1994-97, the first three years of the institute. Additionally, he served as general convention chairperson in 1988, Denver, Colorado.  He also was an original member of the North American Membership Committee.

For his service to the association the late Past President Fukushima received numerous awards including life membership, the 100% Club President Award, the 100% District Governor Award, several Extension Awards, and Lion of the Year awards, Master Key Award, several International President Leadership Medals, and Presidential Certificates of Appreciation, 11 Presidential Medals and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members.  He was also a progressive Helen Keller Fellow and a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

The late Past President Fukushima and his spouse Denise married for 47 years will be greatly missed by her, son, Keith, daughter, Cory, four lovely grandchildren, many friends, and by fellow Lions the world over.  His personal philosophy was to think outside of the box for new and innovative ideas; have the courage of one’s convictions; have compassion and sensitivity and be true to your beliefs; never lose credibility or compromise integrity; be true to your friends; be humble; uplift people; lead by example; always ask questions; do the right thing; never stop learning and always strive for excellence.  He was a great Lion leader who will be greatly missed.

Please remember the family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.



Lions Clubs International and International President

Wayne A. Madden

12 Comments on “PIP Fukushima Passes Away In California

  1. Thank you to all Lions for your kind comments and deepest sympathies, and for keeping PIP Fukushima and his family in your thoughts.

  2. May his soul Rest in Peace . He was wonderful Lion and should be remembered for his bold initiatives

  3. R.I.P gallant Lion

  4. I am truly honored to have known and worked with this person. He truly was a pioneer who thought outside the box and was not afraid to share his ideas with others, and so made so many positive changes in the world of Lionism. His positive work made Lions a better organization throughout the world. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in Peace.

  5. Multiple District R of the Dominican Republic will keep a special memory of PIP Kay Fukushima. R.I.P
    El Distrito Múltiple R guardará una grata memoria del PPI Kay Fukushima. D.E.P.
    EGD. Rodolfo Espinal

  6. Our deepest Sympathy to KK s family. He was a great Lion and one that my husband and I proud to say that we met and enjoyed is company. He was a Lion who we all can be proud of . God Bless and keep him safe in the arms of the angels. Rest in Peace KK Lions Jayne and Carl Sorensen Vermont.

  7. El mas sentido pésame a un Leon que llevo adelante los principios leonisticos, cuando tuvimos la oportunidad de platicar con el y hacer recorridos por nuestro distrito B-6 México , nos dimos cuenta de la clase progresista de su persona , que nuestro Dios le tenga un destino especial,
    Fam. Magallanes

  8. PDG Carl & PDG Tryphena Perrin (nee Wright)

    We will miss a great PIP who we met in New Zealand whilst inducting the members of a new Lions Club. Our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family

  9. Lion C.W.(Gus) Este, PDG

    We will always remember and cherish Kay`s two visits ot our District A4, in Ontario/Quebec, Canada. We extend our deepest condolences to his family­.

    May he rest in peace!

  10. Loss of great leader is a tragedy to Lions world around. On behalf of Lions Club of Baroda-Taramandal, I extend deepest sympathies to the bereaved family. May ‘His Soul Rest in Peace’. Jayashree Swami-Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

  11. PIP Kay was a great Lion and friend. His inspirational leadership had a positive impact on our association and on Lions throughout the world (yours truly included!).. May his legacy live on through those he touched and encouraged into Lions leadership over the years. Many of us have been blessed to have spent time with him. He will be missed.

  12. A great human being and friend. He will be missed worldwide, but never forgotten.