January 1, 1927 – September 23, 2022
Born on January 1st, 1927, Lip Mar passed peacefully on September 23, 2022 at the age of 95. Lip is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Jean Mar; daughter Cindy Ikeda (Glen Ikeda); grandchildren Paul Ikeda (Nichole Ikeda) and Leslie Ikeda (Garrett Sato); and great grandchildren Amara and Maki Ikeda. He is also survived by his sister Lilyan Leong and many nieces and nephews. Lip was preceded in death by his parents Mar F. Kim and Mar Yen Moy; his brothers Hughie, Dick, Ling, Dan, and Hoover Mar; and his sisters Maye Luke and Lonnie Yee.
Lip enlisted in the Navy in 1945, serving as a hospital corpsman and served as commander for the American Legion Cathay Post 186 for two terms. Lip and his partner Joe Louie opened Chopsticks restaurant in 1963 in Edmonds, Washington and operated it until he sold the restaurant in 1992. Lip had a generous spirit and lived a full life that included traveling, golfing, and enjoying time with family and friends. Lip was a Lifetime Member of NVC and a stalwart friend and comrade to all veterans. Services were held at Japanese Presbyterian Church followed by gravesite services at Evergreen Washelli Cemetery in North Seattle.
NVC Commander Michael J. Yaguchi’s NOTE:
I asked past commander Dale Kaku about Lip Mar and his long association with NVC. Dale wrote, “A long-time friend of NVC, Lip Mar, passed away on September 23rd, at the age of 95. Lip was a WW II Navy veteran and was a charter member of the Chinese Veterans’ “Cathay” American Legion Post. The Cathay Post and Lip Mar participated in many events with the NVC, including as a color guard for our annual Memorial Day services at Lake View Cemetery.” Mr. Lip Mar, thank you for your wartime service and support of NVC.