Carlos Kwan Chan

December 30, 1928February 1, 2021

Carlos Francisco Kwan Chan, 92, went home to be with his Lord early morning of February 1, 2021 at his home in Lakeside, California.

Carlos was born in Davao City, Philippines on December 30,1928 to Chan Lay Tong and Kwan Si. He practiced dentistry for 25 years in the Philippines before immigrating to the US where he started his own dental lab for 30 years until his retirement.

A World War Two survivor, he and his family adapted to an environment of a Japanese occupied Philippines, through social and street smart skills. Besides being an officer in ROTC, he was also an accomplished and well loved dentist who volunteered his services through the Jaycees, the Lions Rotary Club, the Masons, his church and most of all, the Gideons International where he participated in his most important and fulfilling service to personally spreading the gospel and handed out Bibles.

He was a Lord’s servant who always gave a hand and generosity beyond his immediate family, and loyal to his Lord almighty to the very end. This was an inspiration he instilled in his children to serve in the church.

He made people feel at home and accepted, he loved to talk and share stories. He was a very peaceful, kind, humorous, extremely compassionate and loving man, he had set a great example to his children. Family was very important to him, he would take the time to gather his children, nieces and nephews to spend time together every weekend so that the children would form a bond as they were growing up.

He is survived by his children, Jennifer and Anthony Masi, Stephen and Carol Anne Chan, Arleen Chan; grandchildren, Allison Masi, Kevin Masi, Michael Chan, David Chan; sister Victoria San; brother Victor and Miguela San; brothers and sisters in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Betty Lee Chan, and will be laid to rest beside her in Glen Abbey, San Diego, California.


  • Graveside Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021


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Stephen Chan

May 10, 2021

My dad, Carlos. We had some blessed years working together for over 30 years. How you and I helped so many patients together. Dentistry is not the same without you.
Thank you for all the life lessons you have taught me by your example . The father and son bond is so strong that I can’t stop thanking the good Lord for it . You were a loving father, my best buddy and my confidant. You have encouraged and supported me all my life . I miss your stories and your sense of humor . I couldn’t ask for a better dad!
I will see you again one of these days Dad.

Danny Chan

April 27, 2021

When I first arrived here in NJ, a few decades ago from the Philippines, it was quite challenging to a adapt to a different lifestyle. Back then phone bills can run out of control just as we guard our credit card expenses nowadays. To chat casually with family via long distance phone call was not a common practice when we can cope up by sending letters and post cards through the postal service instead. One morning, a week before Christmas, the phone rang and unexpectedly a cheerful voice on the other end said, ”Hello Danny, merry Christmas, this is your Uncle Carlos. How have you been?” Not having to talk to him, for about ten years, since he and his family left Davao City, that surprised me. That was kind of him to touch base via long distance phone call, from San Diego, California. He took the initiative to call me first. I appreciated and felt humbled to receive his phone call. After that it has become a tradition. A week before Christmas he would call and cheer me up. It felt like he was looking after me. That seemingly a little kind phone call has meant a lot to me. Someday, in heaven, we’ll talk again and by then it will be -in person.

Carol Johnson

April 19, 2021

One thing that I liked about Uncle Carlos was that he always set a good example. He was kind, loving, helpful, godly, and he always did his best.
He was also our family dentist and when he moved away we had to go to another dentist and that dentist commented on the quality of the workmanship of my teeth. It made me feel so proud of my uncle.
We were so blessed to have him. We miss you Uncle Carlos, love you always ❤️

Victoria San

April 18, 2021

Did you know, while my brother Carlos was practicing dentistry in Davao City, here was a policeman directing traffic . This guy is a funny, jolly policeman. Under the heat of the tropical sun, he waves his hands as he directs traffic expertly , with an unending , broad smile. Brother Carlos happened to drive by, saw the policeman's big smile, but teeth missing.
Brother Carlos approached the policeman, gave him instruction to see him at his Dental Clinic.
A few days passed by, the policeman was in his clinic. He led the bashful, astonished policeman to sit on the dental chair, took the mold of the upper& lower gums...told the policeman to come back . A week after, to his surprise, the toothless policeman received a perfectly fit Full Denture FREE.

Cherryl Tabin

April 17, 2021

I thank God for He used Uncle Carlos as a blessing in my life with his words of wisdom that encouraged me to persevere in dentistry and push through with practicing it. He was a role model to me because of the kindness and sincerity that he showed in his work. I will forever cherish my moments with him.

Cherryl Chan-Tabin D. M. D.

Jennifer Chan Masi

April 17, 2021

Since graduating from college, I’ve moved away from home so I was not with mom and dad 24/7.
Life got busy and we were always bustling around, not really spending enough time together. Last September-October 2020, I got my chance to spend a quality 1:1 time with dad, we are pretty much together 24/7 for those two months that created a bond that is special between us. Two precious months with several emotional moments that I was thankful to have with him that will forever remain with me.
I truly believe that the Lord God held off taking dad home so I could have this moment with him.
Love you lots papa, see you and mama when the time comes.

Joely Good

April 17, 2021

Carlos, you could always crack me up with your wonderful good-natured humor and your laughter was contagious. It was a joy getting to work with you and hearing your stories and I am so glad that I had the pleasure of knowing you. And I'm thankful that we had one more funny moment the last time I saw you at church when everyone took off and it was just you and me standing there and we looked at each other and laughed at you being "abandoned". You held onto my arm and we went walking along until everyone came back after a few minutes realizing you weren't with them. You will be missed but we will meet again one day in the presence of the LORD. I'm sure there will be much more joyous laughter to continue on.

Carol Anne Chan

April 16, 2021

Carlos was an incredible example of a man who depended and trusted on the Lord. I loved the stories he told of how the Lord took Care of his every need and life events. I know my husband learned how to love from his dad. The love of work, the love of people, and how to love his kids, family and how he loves me was taught by his dad’s example. In is last years he became so sweet. I loved to go over to him and receive his smile and greeting. He was always so happy to see me. I will always have the fondest of memories of my father in law. I am so glad he is now in heaven with his beloved Betty and His savior Jesus. In Christ love, carol anne chan

Kristina Armendariz

April 16, 2021

Carlos our friendship will forever be in my heart ❤️ You were such an enjoyment to work with all them years, all our talks and you teaching me so much history I cherish it all!! You were smart and funny and I will miss you always! I’m blessed to have known you ❤️🙏🏼

Sonia Galambos (Ang)

April 16, 2021

Dr. Carlos Chan was my dentist growing up. He was a gentle, quiet and stoic man. He was also the father of one my friend, Jennifer. I pray for God’s peace and comfort be with all his family. Thank you for letting me share in this very special moment.