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Max K Ryujin

July 1, 1948 ~ May 15, 2019 (age 70)

Max K. Ryujin

July 1, 1948 ~ May 15, 2019


Max K. Ryujin, 70, of Ogden, Utah passed away peacefully on May 15, 2019.

Max was born on July 1, 1948 as the first of three children to Tomotsu “Tom” and Uki (Hori) Ryujin.

Max graduated from Ogden High School in 1963 where he served as the Student Body Historian. He then received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Finance from Weber State College. From there Max helped his parents and brothers run the iconic Star Noodle Parlor in downtown Ogden for the better part of 63 years. During that time, Max also became a prominent Real Estate broker in the greater Ogden area and served in many capacities on both the national and local level. Among his many accomplishments on the national level, Max received the Distinguished Service Award "Omega Tau Rho" from the National Association of REALTORS®. He was also a certified instructor for Cultural Diversity, was a Chairman for the Fair Housing Partnership Working Group and was also the chairman of the Equal Opportunity Committee, VAMA Team and Fair Housing Forum. In the State of Utah, Max was a certified instructor and taught several classes including "Risk Reduction, Fair Housing and Today’s Liability", "Providing Equal and Professional Service", and "At Home with Diversity". He was also a Chairman and member of the Anti-Discrimination Division and was an expert witness for the State of Utah on Fair Housing.  In addition, the Utah Association of REALTORS® presented Max with the Educator of the Year award in 1999, the REALTOR® of the year award in 1998 and the President’s Award in 1989.

In his personal time, Max enjoyed all sports, especially Judo and playing softball and golf.  He also had a lifelong love affair with Big Macs, Cracker Jacks, Asian Crackers, Sushi, Diet Coke, his gun collection, and the “Ladies.” Max also had a deep appreciation for music. He served as the drummer in a band called the Runaway’s and one of his favorite memories was being the opening act for the Beach Boys for a concert at Lagoon.  But most importantly, Max was devoted to his family and children, supporting their hobbies and being their biggest fan, often traveling around the country to do so.  He was also a volunteer hockey coach for over 10 years and served as the president of the Utah Hockey Association for two  years.

Max is survived by his son, Kiyoshi (Shantel); daughter, Nicole (Ravi); their mother, Debbie (Gess) Fisher; brother, Gary; nine grandchildren and several family members and friends who loved and adored him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Tomotsu “Tom” Ryujin; mother, Uki (Hori) Ryujin; and brother, Eugene “Moss” Ryujin.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Ogden City Cemetery, 1875 Monroe Blvd. Ogden UT 84401. Friends may visit with family on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.

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