Father remembered

first_imgAside from his wife and sister, no other members of James Kim’s family attended the event, according to organizers. The family has mostly avoided attention during and after the ordeal, even as what a family friend described as more than 10,000 e-mails of support and sympathy have flooded in from around the world. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Kims were the focus of an intense manhunt and international media attention when they failed to arrive home in San Francisco after Thanksgiving. James Kim, 35, died of hypothermia in a mountain creek after walking more than 16 miles in search of help. Kati Kim and their two children, Penelope, 4, and Sabine, then 7 months, were spotted by a helicopter searcher two days after James, an online editor for a technology Web site, had set off into the forest. Spencer Kim, James Kim’s father, criticized the search and rescue effort in a January opinion piece in The Washington Post. He wrote that the rescue operation was “plagued by confusion, communication breakdowns and failures of leadership.” But at the Saturday tribute, James Kim’s sister Eva Kim offered gratitude to the agencies who aided the search. “Our family truly thanks you for all of your efforts and contributions,” she said. SAN FRANCISCO – The sun was out at a memorial tribute to James Kim on Saturday, and the clear, warm afternoon served as a poignant contrast to the frigid December day the young father of two died in the Oregon wilderness seeking help for his stranded family. His wife, Kati Kim, who was rescued by helicopter along with her two young daughters more than a week after a wrong turn on a forest road left the family snowbound, thanked the hundreds who gathered at Golden Gate Park to celebrate her husband’s life. “Without a father, it really truly does take a community to raise children,” Kim said, her voice breaking as she stood before a colorful curtain of origami cranes folded by friends and family. Kim, 30, also thanked the search and rescue crews who combed the mountains of Oregon’s Rogue River Canyon for the San Francisco family after they became lost. last_img read more