David Ishii passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012, but not before doing a last great act of kindness towards an institution that he had no ties to, beyond a shared love of fly fishing.
In the Fall as his health failed he made arrangements to donate his collection of 400 plus fly fishing related books to Western LIbraries Special Collections Fly Fishing Collection, which he knew of thanks to fellow Washington Fly Fishing Club member Steve Raymond.
Mr. Ishii seems to have been a passionate man, a great lover of books, a big supporter of the arts, devoted to baseball and dogs, with a rich knowledge of Seattle history.
This display features a selection of his collection of books by Roderick Haig-Brown, a well-known fly fisher, who also wrote historical fiction and children's books. Most of these books are signed or inscribed to Mr. Haig-Brown's dear friend, "Jo," a longtime Seattle resident. This is a collection that Mr. Ishii was particularly proud of and we are proud to have them too.
Also included is a link to an article written by devoted friends, Frank Abe and Laureen Mar, to tell you a little more of Mr. Ishii's story by those who knew him.