Henry Kim Tae Hyun

May 19, 1926October 11, 2020

Kim Tae Hyun was his given name. All his friends and family knew him as the name he chose, Henry Kim. He was born in Incheon, Korea on May 19th, 1926, and passed away peacefully in San Diego, on October 11th, 2020, with his family by his side.

He was an industrial and marine engineer for most of his life but was a lifelong inventor and entrepreneur. Along with a strong work ethic, he always had a solution for any challenge and received many commendations when he worked with the US Army. His life and work took him all over the world, but he eventually made San Diego his home in 1983. It was where he and his wife of 48 years, Lynn Kim, made a home started a family business. He was a devout Seventh Day Adventist. As a passionate reader, he read in Korean, English, Chinese, and Japanese. He loved classical music, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, westerns, Charlton Heston movies, and The Three Stooges. He was many different things to many people. A good husband to his wife, a great father to his children, a father figure to many, a good neighbor, and a loyal friend. However, his favorite role in life was grandfather. Services will be at 9am on October 22, 2020 in El Camino Memorial Chapel.

Visitation will be held on October 22, 2020 from 10am – 1pm in El Camino Memorial Chapel- Sorrento Valley, located at 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA.

Due to current restrictions and the indoor environment, masks are required for all in-person attendees. Currently, El Camino Memorial Chapel has an in-person limit of 50 total physical attendees.

Livestream viewing of the service will be accessible starting October 22nd from the “JOIN LIVESTREAM” link below.


22 October

Funeral Sevice

9:00 am

El Camino Memorial Chapel

5600 Carroll Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92121

22 October


10:00 am

El Camino Memorial Chapel

5600 Carroll Canyon Road
San Diego, CA 92121


Henry Kim Tae Hyun

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Dushan Mitrovich

October 20, 2020

To Tony & Family:

I am so thankful that you were there for him. I feel for you and the family. Mr Henry Kim was a giant in my worldview during our high school journey and while he was already blessed with longevity and a prescient mind then he was a force with gentle powers. With a sense of humor, an insistence on driving (and a love of braking 😎 when he captained our trip to visit UC Berkeley in your minivan), he made it. He made life work with his life of work. A wonderful family with strong sons (I am including Mike here too as I know him) and a true testament to creating and living what I would call the “American Life”. I loved Mr Kim in that type of love that I would never want to disappoint him or even get in “good trouble” around him. It is not that he would get mad but that he was so generous with sharing his house with you, Tony, and your friends as we studied and then we “studied” there late into nights and weekends.

My heart aches a bit reading this and I send my love to you and the family. You can let them know that his passing has teared me up as I also am honored that you let me know directly.

My brother Milan wrote this the same day and it applies to your father and your family: “I like to believe, every memory, every experience we have with our children will last forever. Something we will carry with us throughout this life and into the next. Something we can be forever thankful for having the chance to experience and be a part of.”

You possess and embody many of the qualities of your father and you being “you” is the testament to keeping his memory and spirit alive for your family and all of us.

I shared a picture of Sophie and I dancing to his affinity of his favorite type of music.

A Deep Love From Across the Ocean to You....
Dushan & Sophie

Truc Le

October 20, 2020

Mr. Kim was a nice person who loved and cared for everyone. it was my pleasure to meet and work with him. He walked around with warm smile and make sure everyone stay safe and healthy. He was indeed a delightful man. I will miss you, Mr. Kim.

Tony Kim

October 20, 2020

Henry Kim Tae Hyun and his three 돼지.

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