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Diane Taniguchi, First Japanese American Women To Be USAV Northwest Region Commissioner Has Passed Away

January 11, 2017

Diane has influenced volleyball in the Puget Sound Region in many ways.  Please feel free to leave stories about how she influenced you in the comments section below.


From the Seattle Times




Diane Fumie Taniguchi

After a long battle with her health, Diane Fumie Taniguchi passed away peacefully on November 28, 2016 with family by her side.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Diane's family moved to Seattle where she attended Bailey Gatzert Elementary, Washington Junior High, and Garfield High School. A proud 1966 Garfield High graduate, Diane was a constant source of energy supporting all things related to the GHS class reunions. She graduated from the University of Washington and was nearing the completion of a Master's in Education at the UW.

Following graduation, Diane worked at YKK, an international zipper manufacturer, and then the Westin Hotel's corporate office providing administrative support to executives. Her bout with cancer in the 1970's prompted a shift in focus to part time employment and provided ample opportunity for her many other interests. She loved traditional Japanese culture, taught crafts, and simply enjoyed being with people. Her community activities included the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival and the Seward Park Torii project.

Volleyball was a source of joy for Diane. Unable to play decades ago, she coached girls and boys volleyball at several schools and in various leagues, directed leagues, served as referee countless times, brought teams to the Seaside Beach Volleyball Tournaments in Oregon, and in the early 1990's was the first Japanese American woman selected to be the northwest region's United States Volleyball Association's director/commissioner.

Diane also loved to sing in choirs and was able to travel with choral groups, bringing her mother along to several international venues. For the last two decades, she was the housemate, travel partner, and loving caregiver for her mother.

Diane is survived by her mother, Taeko Taniguchi, brothers Donald, Kerry (Carol), and Harold (Diane), along with three nieces, a grandniece and three grandnephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Hitoshi Taniguchi (Publix Hotel).

The family would like to thank the many caregivers tending to Diane's needs over the past several months, and in particular, the wonderful staff at Harborview Hospital during her final weeks.



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