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01 Feb 2021 2:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Lucius Hiraku Horiuchi

Mary Maynard Horiuchi

Lucius and Maynard Horiuchi Die in 2020

West Hill, CA. Lucius Hiraku Horiuchi, 92, a JAVA member, and his wife, Mary Maynard, both passed away at their home in West Hill, CA in 2020, Maynard on May 8 and Lucius on November 4.  They are survived by dozens of loving nieces and nephews; by their son, Brian Horiuchi; by their daughter-in-law, Rowan Maness; and by their beloved grandchildren Ottilie, Cosima, and Lucius Makepeace Horiuchi.

Lucius and his family were forcibly removed from their home in Seattle, WA and confined at the concentration camp in Hunt, ID.  At the end of World War II, he joined the U.S. Army, serving in the 2nd Infantry Division, which served in the Occupation of Japan.

He attended the University of Washington and Boston University before joining the U.S. Foreign Service. In the course of his long and successful career as a senior officer, he represented the United States in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

He married Mary Maynard Cooke during his first tour of duty in Japan and they remained together for over 60 years.  Lucius will be remembered as a charismatic, delightful, deeply generous man.

Along with many other awards and commendations, Lucius received the Distinguished Foreign Service Medal and an honorary Doctorate in the Humanities. He advised Presidents and military commanders, along with generations of young people who sought his counsel.        

He loved throwing bread to the deer in the Sonoma hills, curating his collection of Japanese antiques, and watching the thousands of classic films he accumulated over the years.

Mary Maynard (Cooke) was born in Vallejo, California and raised all over the world, living with her family (including her father, Admiral Charles M. Cooke) in Cuba, Hawaii, China, and Newport Beach. However, she always considered her parents' 300 acre ranch off Lovall Valley Road to be her home.

Maynard (as she was always called) attended school in Sonoma Valley when her family lived in the area, and graduated from Santa Rosa Jr. College. Afterwards, she became a senior reports officer at the Central Intelligence Agency, and was stationed in Japan, where she met Lucius.

At work, she was known as a brilliant and innovative analyst. She retired from her position before the birth of her son in 1962, but remained close with many colleagues. After retirement, she lived in Manila, Washington, DC, and Kobe, Japan.  Upon her husband's retirement, she supervised the design and construction of a home on her Sonoma property, and lived there from 1985 to 2017.

Maynard loved to sing in her evocative coloratura soprano, and was a proud member of the Sonoma Valley Chorale for many years. She was also a voracious reader of poetry, British history, literature, and science fiction.  She loved nothing more than sitting on the deck of her home in the Sonoma hills and watching the sunset, often reciting a verse from Psalms 121: "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."

After the October 2017 fires, which damaged their property on Admiral Cooke Lane, Maynard and her husband moved to West Hills, to be closer to their son and grandchildren.  Maynard died peacefully with her husband of over 60 years by her side. 

[EdNote.   Maynard’s obituary appeared in the October 27, 2020 Sonoma Index-Tribune and Lucius’ appeared in the November 13 issue.  Lorna Sheridan, Sonoma Index-Tribune, has approved reprint.]

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