September 3, 2021
Fresno, California – Kurt Hishida died peacefully on September 3, 2021, aged 58, after years of valiantly fighting for his health. As he wanted, Kurt passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving wife, mother, sister and children.
Kurt was born and raised in Fresno, CA. Kurt and his family were active members of the Fresno Buddhist Church throughout their lives. After graduating from Fresno High, Kurt served three years as a medical specialist at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. Kurt often spoke of his fond memories of local food and boogie boarding in his favorite spots.
When he returned to Fresno, Kurt studied at Fresno City Community College and Fresno State for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Kurt held various nursing positions in hospitals in the Central Valley, but found his home at Kaiser Permanente Fresno in 1996. During his final years at Kaiser, he assumed the role of Quality Nurse Consultant, Infection Prevention – a title he proudly held at the end of his life. In 2021 Kurt von Kaiser received a certificate of recognition for 25 years of dedicated service.
Kurt met his wife Sandra in a hospital elevator while they were both night nurses at Valley Medical Center. About a year later, Kurt manipulated the raffle at a family picnic to propose to Sandra in front of her closest family members and friends. On October 31, 1992 Kurt and Sandra celebrated their wedding with a happy and unforgettable Halloween wedding.
Kurt and Sandra were the proud parents of their daughter Kassandra and their son Shoji. They were famous for their creative Christmas cards, extravagant themed birthday parties, and wacky party games which they spearheaded at many family and friends gatherings.
Kurt leaves behind his wife, Sandra Hishida; Daughter Kassandra Hishida; Son Shoji Hishida; Mother, Betty Hishida; Mother-in-law, Elizabeth Darling; Sister, Jill Nakamura (Jim); Nephew Jimmy Nakamura (Jessica); and many other relatives. His father, Shoji Hishida, preceded him in death.
Our sincere thanks go to the committed employees of Kaiser Permanente and Fresenius Home Therapy for the high quality care they have provided Kurt over the years.
In honor of Kurt’s wish, during the ongoing pandemic, we will not provide a service that prioritizes the safety of all.
Souvenir gifts may be made to support the Fresno State Nursing Scholarship. Gifts payable to: The Fresno State Foundation, marked Nursing Gen Schol – Kurt Hishida
California State University, Fresno Office of Advancement Services 5244 N. Jackson Av M / S KC45 Fresno, CA 93740-8023
Published by Fresno Bee on October 17, 2021.