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February 18, 1939 ~ October 9, 2023 (age 84) 84 Years Old
Koun Tsujimoto, 84, died peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2023, at his home in Victoria, Texas, surrounded by his family. Koun, the middle son (Nakabon chan), of the five children of Eiko and Jundo Tsujimoto, was born on February 18, 1939, in Toyonaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.
Koun came to the United States in 1959 to study violoncello music performance, which he began at Louisiana State University and completed at Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Music in 1963. Following completion of a Master of Music from The University of Oklahoma in 1967, he took a faculty position at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where he served as Orchestra Director and Music Instructor. In 1975, Koun settled in Victoria, Texas, where he performed with The Victoria Symphony and the Victoria Bach Festival, and taught Orchestra for the Victoria Independent School District. In 1981, he began working at DuPont’s Victoria Plant, where he was a computer analyst until 2002, when he retired. In addition to his great love of music, he will be remembered for his samurai tennis style, fearless road-cycling adventures, and for providing a loving home to many, many rescue kitties, and a couple of rescue pups.
Koun is preceded in death by his mother and father, Eiko and Jundo Tsujimoto, brother Eun and sister Minori (Tatsuo) Terada. In addition to his brother, Junkou (Akiko) and sister Megumi (Takafumi) Onishi, Koun is survived by Kristine Tsujimoto, his wife of 59 years, his children Susan (Greg Espersen) and John, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
A Buddhist service, presided over by his nephew, Junsho Tsujimoto (Chief Priest), and his brother, Junkou Tsujimoto (Chief Priest, emeritus), of the family temple, Hounji, in Osaka, Japan, was held on October 10, 2023, on the news of Koun’s passing. Namu Amida Butsu.