Kiet The Diep

October 3, 1953August 9, 2013

Kiet The Diep was born on October 3, 1951 in Hai Phong, Vietnam. He was the oldest son of seven children of Trung and Nhan Diep. He was a father of two daughters, Alyssa and Carolyn. Throughout his young life, he lived in Hanoi, Vietnam before settling in his hometown of Danang in 1955. He attended the Lycee’ Blaise french school in Vietnam and graduated with the top honors in his class. In order to obtain permission to study abroad, all Vietnamese students must pass the national examination either in their native or foreign language of their choice. Kiet was determined to take the test in both French and Vietnamese knowing that this would open doors for his future. He was the first student in Danang, Vietnam who passed both tests. He choose an engineering career and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnique de Mons in Belgium. Kiet was the first of the Diep family to have graduated from college. While in Belgium, the fall of Saigon occurred in summer of 1975. This made it difficult for Kiet to keep in contact with his family temporarily so he found a way to support himself working as a technician while in the process of completing his degree.

In 1979, he reunited with his family in Seattle, WA . During this time, his engineering degree from Belgium was in review so he took a technician job at ELDEC in Lynnwood, Washington . After his diploma from Belgium was accredited by University of Washington, he applied for an engineering position and joined Boeing in 1985. While at Boeing, Kiet held several positions including designer, project manager, lead engineer and customer support engineer for many crucial projects. He was recognized for his contribution and outstanding work on supporting NASA, B1 program and the first space shuttle program. He was promoted to a international Boeing liason and traveled overseas to support seven different foreign airlines. His clientele included Hainan Airlines in Hainan,China. During this time he had the opportunity to visit and pay respects to his ancestors.

Kiet was a charitable person. Giving back to his hometown in Danang was a promise that he made to his father and had become one of his passion in life. After twenty years, he finally returned home to Vietnam in 1991 with the mission of helping people who were in need. He collaborated with his brother and started a handcrafted Vietnamese ceramic pottery import business to the United States. This business helped preserve the Vietnamese heritage, and also created jobs for many back home. For many years, he continued to return to Vietnam with his mother dedicating their time to charity work at orphanages and centers for autistic individuals. He was also dedicated to supporting children through a college fund program. He gained a personal attachment to the community and people through his continued humanitarianism and charitable efforts. His ultimate goal after retiring was to reside in Vietnam and help create a better place for his community.

Kiet T. Diep will be remembered as a loving father, son and compassionate man who loved to give back to others in need. He is survived by his mother Nhan, daughters (Alyssa and Carolyn), sisters (Ann and family, Myanh and family & Tina and Family), brothers (Paul and family, Hali and family & Han and family).



  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2013


  • Interment

Kiet The Diep

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Thanh (Hoa) Yeates

August 21, 2013

Thanh that xin chia buon cung gia dinh, nhung ky niem dep ngay xua cua Kiet luc di hoc o Da Nang se khong bao gio quen.

Hoa, Utah

Lan Anh Nguyen

August 18, 2013

Thanh that chia buon cung gia dinh Diep Thuy Anh. Xin cau nguyen cho Kiet som duoc ve coi Tinh Do

Trieu & Quynh Nga

August 15, 2013

We are so sorry your loss. I know what it is like to lose a brother too soon and I hope that you will be comforted with the good memories in the times ahead.

August 14, 2013

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Tam (Houston, Texas)

a/c Thanh Huong

August 14, 2013

Thanh that chia buon cung GD Phat Hai. Cau on tren phu-ho cho huong hon aKiet som ve coi Phat.

Paul & Thuy Lam

August 14, 2013

Anh Phat - We're so sorry for your family's loss. May the good memories of your brother never fade.

Dao Vo

August 14, 2013

Thanh that chia buon cung Diep Thuy Anh va gia dinh.

Vo Anh Dao (BP75) ,Vo An Hoai (TTGDNH)

Don D. Ho

August 13, 2013

On behalf of students of Lycee Blaise Pascal, we offer our deepest sympathies to Kiet's family during these difficult times in loving memory of a wonderful person. Diep The Kiet (BP71) was a high school friend whose memories of joyful times are always alive. He will forever live in our hearts and prayers.


August 13, 2013

Avec mes sincères condoléances: beaucoup de doux souvenirs en 71 avec KIET & MY VIEN... (GROSDESIR François)

Bich Chau Dong

August 13, 2013

Phat oi, Chau thanh that xin chia buon voi Phat va gia dinh. Cau nguyen cho linh hon anh Kiet duoc yen nghi binh an.