Sep 6, 1979-Nov 4, 2018 Resident of San Jose. Robbie Yamada, 39, beloved son, baby brother and friend passed away peacefully on Nov 4, 2018. World traveler, avid athlete and foodie.
Robbie was always known to have a smile on his face and a kindness in his heart. Adored for his generosity and amazing acts of thoughtfulness Robbie is survived by his loving mother Patricia, older brothers Ricky, Ryan and Randy and Ricky’s daughters Rebecca and Jessica and their mother Judy.
Born in Santa Barbara to Minoru and Patricia Yamada, Robbie was an active youth engaging and excelling in soccer, basketball and water polo. A Goleta Boys Club kid at heart, his first job was scorekeeping adult league basketball and refereeing youth soccer at “the Club”. After attending Mountain View Elementary, Goleta Valley Junior High and Dos Pueblos High School Robbie graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He spent three years and made countless friends as part of the JET program teaching English in Japan. A natural with children he cherished the role of Uncle Robbie. Always looking to put a smile on peoples face and help out he flew to Japan in 2011 to heal with tsunami cleanup. Most recently Robbie worked in the tech industry and became a dedicated Judo student and runner.
A viewing will be held from 2-6pm on Sat. Nov. 10th at Willow Glen Funeral Home 1039 Lincoln Ave San Jose. Memorial services will be held at 5pm Sun. Nov. 11th at the San Jose Buddhist Church, 640 N. 5th St. San Jose. An additional service will be held in Santa Barbara at 5pm Sat. Nov. 17th at the Goleta Boys and Girls Club