Kim sadly chose to end his life on February 2nd 2020 in Santa Monica, California.
He was born in Los Angeles California in 1966 and soon after his family relocated to his mother's home state of Utah, where he resided with his mother and sister for many years.
He graduated from the University of Utah in 1992 with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. His passion however, was his decades of education and training in pursuit of becoming a Sommelier, an expert in wines and spirits, earning him the title of Master of Wine (MW) within the WSET certification.
He traveled extensively building relationships and a client base with wineries, restauranteurs and other purveyors.
Kim was a force to be reckoned with. He lived his life authentically and without apologies. He walked through this world with grace, beauty, courage and an outward presentation of undeniable confidence but his internal dialogue spoke a different message. He faced many challenges and struggles to achieve personal and professional success, but some battles simply cannot be won.
He was preceded in death by his best friend and mother, Wendy Romney Hassibe. He is survived by his only sibling and sister, Amina Hassibe and her four children, his nieces and nephews. Braden Pratt Deters (Shauna Gowans), Cooper Deters (Ashlie Jones), Alexandria Deters (Jaxon Deters) and McKenzi Deters (Eric J. Larson). He is also survived by his great nephews and niece. Lucan Lewis Larson, Haven Dean Jones and Beretta Steele Deters.
Dear brother, you did not know how bright your light shined.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. friends are encouraged to make a donation in Kims' name to suicide prevention or mental health awareness organizations.
If you or someone you love is struggling with depression, substance abuse, any mental disorder, thoughts of hurting yourself or thoughts of suicide please know that despite the noise in your head, YOU MATTER. Take a deep breath and reach out to someone, ANYONE. Isolation is not the answer. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. It can and WILL get better. In Kim's name and for your sake, speak your truth and let someone take your hand and guide you back to the light.
LIVE BRAVE ONE!
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Life Story Info
Dear Hassibe Family. I was a friend of Kim's 20+ years ago. We met at a winery guest cottage in the mid 90s. It has been a long time since we hung out together at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, but I have very fond memories of him and his cool vibe and easy way of moving through life. I was looking on the internet today to see where he was hanging his shingle when I came across this heartbreaking news. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Skylar
I only heard this tragic news just today, and it breaks my heart! Such a bright and promising man despite his internal conflicts. I started him on his career in wine as he was my assistant wine buyer for a number of years here in Utah before taking off on his own. We did not part on good terms, but Kim always knew I wished him the best in life. We lost touch years ago...yet it saddens me greatly that there might have been some small thing I or anyone could have done to prevent this.
I had the pleasure of working with Kim while he was our wine broker in Utah. My memories of Kim were nothing but positive around business, and the good times we had while working together. As I reflect back upon my 40 years in the wine industry, I can honestly say the time I spent knowing and working with Kim were among my favorites.