April 24,1980 – October 19, 2021
Songgi lost his courageous battle with brain cancer on Tuesday, October 19th at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. With him at the time of his passing was his wife Amy, his parents Chang-Hee and Hai-Sun, and Amy’s mother, Terri. Songgi grew up in Globe, AZ. After graduating from Globe High School, he relocated to the Phoenix area where he met Amy. They were married in July of 2005, started their family in 2010 and over the next six years had three boys. Songgi completed a BS degree from the University of Phoenix and has worked in the health care industry as a business analyst for the past 15 years. Songgi has always gone above and beyond to be a devoted husband, loving father and a true family inspiration to all he met. Songgi’s personal touch will be remembered and felt for generations. As an avid supporter of Your Neighborhood Youth Soccer League, you could count on him to be running the sidelines, encouraging and working with all of the teams. Songgi was passionate about fitness, specifically weight lifting and personal well being. He was always inspiring others to be stronger, healthier and more resilient. Be positive! Songgi was also a faithful supporter of many local businesses in the North 32nd Street Neighborhood. He was the smiling face, the helping hand and the one interested in what others could accomplish. He will be missed!
Songgi is survived by his wife Amy and their three sons, Desmond, Landon and Callan, and his parents, Chang-Hee and Hai-Sun Kim of Globe, AZ.
A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 3:00pm at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd, in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family is requesting donations be made in Songgi Kim’s name to Mayo Clinic in Arizona to support Cancer Care and Neurosurgery. Donations can be made online at philanthropy.mayoclinic.org or mailed to Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 13400 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259.
I am so sorry for your loss. Hope he’s sharing his squatting skills in heaven. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Songgi was one of a kind. Nicest person I’ve ever met. I am so sorry for your loss.
Amy and #2 grandsons, my deepest condolences. You all are in thoughts and my prayers. I will miss my #2 son! Sending you all my hugs and kisses.
Momma (#2 grandma)
I wish to express my profound condolences to Songgi’s wife, the kids and his parents and rest of the family. You are in my prayers and may our Heavenly Father give him rest from his work on this earth.
I worked with Songgi at Coventry Healthcare – a great teammate. Will miss him.
My condolences and love for Amy, the children, and family during this most difficult time. My prayers are with you always.
Love, Marie Kujawski ❤
Amy and Desmond,Landon,Callan,
I am so sorry for your loss. When I think of Songgi
I think of his smiling face and his enormous energy .We were all blessed to know him. All that was Songgi is in you Desmond, Landon, and Callan . May God be with you . Love and prayers Cathy Husk
Kevin G Sullivan
First, I want to express my deepest condolences to Amy, the kids and Songgi’s parents etc. I cannot begin to imagine your loss.
I spent the better part of the last 4 days in a haze. I’d go about my normal day, then I’d remember the text I received telling me of Songgi’s passing. I’d sit down to eat my dinner, my normal routine… that quiet time in the evening… and it would hit me again. I’d wake up, ready to start my day, doing a quick inventory of what I needed to do and then I’d remember. I’d sit on the edge of the bed and just wonder how this could be. It just didn’t make sense. And, if his passing affected me like this, it had to be profound for his close friends and family; like turning off the lights in the house forever and having to make the best of it. Forever changed, a profound loss. He just had a presence, a power, a light. I just couldn’t process the news.
Over the last few days, I found myself talking to everyone about Songgi; my brother, my girlfriend, my co-workers, the dog walker in our neighborhood, etc. I explained that he and I worked together at Coventry, a number of years ago and had lost touch as our lives moved on. At the time he was married, had two sons, (pretty sure) spoke often about health and fitness, music, the drums, and if my memory serves, I believe he loved driving and working on his Subaru car.
Regardless, I never got off the phone with him at work without us both laughing about something. He had a wonderful sense of humor. We would get our work done while kidding around about stuff; random comments about music, movies, history, cars, the news… he was a bright bulb. He was a star. When his name popped up on my phone, I jumped to pick it up. I always looked forward to talking with him – every single time.
I had no idea what I could write that would mean anything to anyone else. Heck, we hadn’t spoken in years. But, that in itself was the indicator that I needed to write something. I still remembered him. He mattered to me. I valued the time we had spent working together. I valued him as a person. I needed to mark his impact on my life. Songgi’s passing is proof that our world is not fair at times. But it’s also proof that you can have a huge impact with the time you are given and that impact will go on forever. Let his life and how he lived it be an inspiration to all of us.
I will miss my smart and funny friend. Godspeed, Mr. Subaru.
Ron & Fran Barbee
Our hearts & prayers are with Master Kim & family. May God wrap you tightly in His arms to comfort all
I grew up with Songi, we were in band together in high school. He was always very nice and always had a smile. He will truly be missed in this world.
We are so very sorry, we cannot express how much you mean to us, Katherine spend 8 years with Master Kim and Mrs. Kim you are like family to us♥️ We are sending lots of love if you need anything please let us know. To his beautiful sons and wife we are very sorry.
It was my wish in life that I would never ever have to share this grief with anyone I loved, no one deserves the pain you are in at this moment. All we can do is embrace it and try to understand why god takes our children from us, let alone a husband and father. Gather your strength from those who are left behind and go on, it is gods way so I am told. Songgi was always a good son and friend to all those who knew him and I’m sure he was the best father and husband to those left behind. Continue to have faith in god because one day we will join him again in his kingdom of heaven.
I’m sure Songgi was met by his grandmother and my daughter Melissa so, he is not alone. One day we will all be together again , it’s gods way!
My condolences to you and all of your family. You will always be part of my family my brother, my life is here to help you through this time of sorrow if you need me, gods love always!!!
Please accept our deepest condolence. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Songgi will be cherished in our memories forever.
From his coworkers at Coventry/Aetna/CVS EDI team.
Dear Amy and Boys,
Wow! I’m so sorry to learn about Songgi’s passing. What a nice person and devoted Father. I remember so many conversations we had during you boys preschool years at Weekday. He loved sharing about family and his own Korean roots and I remember when Callan was in my class we learned some Korean from a CD he brought in. That was fun. He will be missed but carry his memories in your hearts and may God give you all strength by the day!
Lots of love, Ms. Marie – Weekday
We are so very sorry to hear about the loss of Songgi. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May peace and comfort be in your hearts. Our deepest sympathy, John K. Nail, Merrill Lynch and The WSH & Nail Group
Songgi was my high school classmate and my band mate. He was everyone’s friend and an amazing musician.
I am shocked to learn he has passed. You all are in my prayers.
I will miss you my dear cousin. I have fond memories of you and all the cousins when we were kids and it is something I will forever cherish. You and your family are in my thoughts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. We know there are no words that can lessen your grief, but we hope God provides you strength and light. God bless you and your family.
I feel like words are never enough or “right” in situations of such a great loss. My heart truly aches for all that loved Songgi especially Amy, Desmond, Landon, and Callan. We were blessed to have Songgi’s joy and laughter coach and fill the gym at Chuckwalla. His family will always be part of the foundation that built our community. He will be missed greatly.
Songgi was a great coworker and a great friend. I always enjoyed working on a project with him, because I knew that we would be sharing a bunch of laughs. He was such a kind-hearted and caring person, one who talked wonders of his wife and kids. Amy, although we never met, I’m so tremendously sorry for your loss. I know how much you and the boys meant to him and my heart breaks for you all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I was so sorry to learn of Songgi’s passing. He was an amazing dad to his three boys! My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Special big hugs to Desmond, Landon and Callan from your kindergarten teacher!
TO ALL OF SONGGI’S FAMILY.
I WAS LOOKING THRU HERE AS MY SISTER JUST PASSED AND WAS SO SHOCKED TO SEE SONGGI. MR AND MRS KIM, PLEASE KNOW THAT MARTY AND I ARE SO SORRY. WE KNEW SONGGI IN GLOBE DURING HIGH SCHOOL AND AFTER, I PRAY GOD COMFORTS ALL OF YOU AND HELPS YOU THRU THIS SORROW.
Love Dad Hope You Are Watching Over Me Now.