OBITUARY

Jinning Zhang

December 14, 1978October 9, 2020
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Jinning Zhang was born on December 14, 1978 in Tiaujin, China and passed away on October 9, 2020 in Newcastle, Washington and is under the care of Sunset Hills Funeral Home.

Funeral Service Webcast will be held on October 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Sunset Hills Funeral Home, Username - Sunsethills, Password - NDHPKO.

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Ali Reza Yamghani

October 19, 2020

I was shocked to hear the news,
In a short time of working together in Crescendo, I found James as a very kind-hearted, nice, and thoughtful person. I remember him fondly for his smile and sense of humor.

We had several fun times in our team with him playing soccer and Avalon. He was very good as a goalkeeper as well as other roles in the game.

I will always miss him.

My condolences to the family for their loss.

Kyle Verleyen

October 18, 2020

James made a lasting impression on everyone he came in contact with, myself included.

He was a dedicated husband, a caring friend, and a mentor to his colleagues. I deeply enjoyed analyzing our fantasy basketball league over beers and listening to him talk about his family.

James: thank you for keeping the mood light and for showing us all what matters. You will be sorely missed but forever in our memories.

Tomoya Okubo

October 18, 2020

I still remember him on his first day at MRG. Since then, I had the pleasure of working with him on and off on the same floor for a few years.

He was always courteous, calm, and patient, who took extra care to explain things properly whenever I went to him with questions. He would voluntarily send me more info and reference about a subject matter we were talking about earlier - even much later when I would have thought he had forgotten about it. He thought and remembered a lot, it seemed, and did not hesitate to spare time to go an extra mile with you, with a smile.

I’m deeply sad to hear this news.

My heartfelt condolences for all those who loved him closely.

Charlotte Chan-Lee

October 17, 2020

James was a very kind hearted, intelligent and hardworking person. He had a great sense of humour and was always smiling or laughing. It was such a pleasure to have known him and he will be greatly missed.

My sincerest condolences to his beautiful family.

Andrew Lee

October 17, 2020

Thinking about James always brings me back to his empathy, generosity, intelligence and patience. In the time I've known him, it was an honor to experience so many great memories with him.

This includes having fun at the bars talking about basketball (moreso about the stats) to geeking out about technology to using his brilliant ideas to solve the world's problems. He was also such a proud father; he could never contain his smile when talking about his kids.

My deepest condolences to his family. We will always cherish the memory of James.

Wing Hui

October 17, 2020

My deepest condolences to his family.

James was a great friend and colleague. He was an extraordinary human being with a big heart! He was always curious in learning new things and willing to help others.

He greatly impacted the lives of many and he'll be missed by all of us who had the privilege to know him.

Raju Jampani

October 16, 2020

James was a great friend and a fantastic colleague. I worked closely with him for about an year. I found him to be very thoughtful and methodical in his work. He was also very cheerful and always kind to everyone around him.

During his time at Crescendo our team has had many fond memories with James. He would often find excuses to treat us all with bubble teas and pastries. We played soccer several time and James was great at the sport. We also had a lot of fun playing Avalon together.

I am deeply saddened by his loss and will always miss him. My condolences to his family.

Seshan Lokuge

October 16, 2020

I am deeply saddened to hear about this. James always had that warm smile and positive energy that was hard to forget.

My deepest condolences to his family and beautiful children.

You will not be forgotten Run Panda Run (Mrg Ballers 2015)

Tanya Stemberger

October 16, 2020

James and I worked together at DRG, in adjacent teams. On his last day, I asked him if he had "any final advice for surviving at DRG" (I was half joking).

He said something to the effect of "Never stop learning."

His words were not advice for DRG. They were wise words, that reflected more of him than I had been lucky to have seen in the previous ~1 year that we worked together. It was advice for life.

He advised that I live life with curiosity, to find meaning in growth, to always see life with the eyes of what is new, rather than what is known.

James was an incredible person. An incredible mind in a gentle soul. He will be deeply, deeply missed by everyone, anyone, whose lives brushed against his.

Tom Lee

October 16, 2020

When I try to recall a memory of James, I always come up with an image of him laughing, or smiling, or with a look of interested surprise on his face.

James was a friend who would always be interested in what you were doing or dealing with, and was so generous and ready to donate his attention, time, and talents to help in whatever it was you wanted to get to or wanted to get through.

On top of all that he was a lot of fun! Ever curious and eager to have a good time, peppering conversations with jokes and laughter, and musings on technology of course!

Of all the memories that make smile, the particular image that comes to mind right now is James at his desk in the corner of MKTK's old room proudly adding another can to his Arizona Ice Tea castle.

He'll be greatly missed and thought of often by all of us whose lives were made better from having known him.

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