Hoang Vu Tran

October 8, 1972September 12, 2020
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On Saturday, September 12, 2020, our beloved Hoang Vu Tran, born in Vietnam on October 8, 1972, passed away at the tender age of 47. He was a loving son to Steve and Judy Kim Tran, a devoted brother to Dung Tran and Cindy Ly, Van Tran and Linh Lam, Judi and Gamel Hem, Jackie Lan and Warren Brown, admired uncle of Tasia, Ashton, Hailey, Kaiden, Leah, Nathan, Blake Vu, Wyatt, Alexander, Chloe, and Eli, and eternal love of Dr. Thao Le-Thanh Ha.

Vu had a passion for music, poetry, and great works of literature. He was an avid reader, writer, published author, talented craftsman, and mentor to a multitude of men. His works of literature, art, and craftsmanship were admired by many and inspired a generation of men and women to strive for greatness despite facing the challenges life presents. He was loved for his immense generosity, quick wit, infectious smile, and his ability to make all those around him feel loved and cherished.

Ngày thứ bảy 12 tháng 9, 2020, Trần Hoàng Vũ, sinh tại Việt Nam ngày 8 tháng 10, 1972, đã qua đời ở tuổi 47. Vũ là con trai yêu thương của Ông Bà Trần Đình Trường Hoàng và Thị Ngọc Tuyết, Anh cả thương của Dủng Trần và Cindy Ly, Văn Trần và Linh Lâm, Judi và Gamel Hem, Jackie Lan và Warren Brown, Bác thương của Tasia, Ashton, Hailey, Kaiden, Leah, Nathan, Blake Vu, Wyatt, Alexander, Chloe, và Eli, và người yêu vĩnh cửu của tiến sĩ Hà Lê Thanh Thảo.

Vũ có niềm đam mê với âm nhạc, thơ ca và những tác phẩm văn học tuyệt vời. Vũ thích đọc sách và là một tác giả đã xuất bản, một tài năng nghệ thuật và một người cố vấn cho nhiều người. Khả năng sáng tác, nghệ thuật và sự khéo léo của Vũ được nhiều người ngưỡng mộ và truyền cảm hứng cho một thế hệ đàn ông và phụ nữ luôn phấn đấu vươn lên dù phải đối mặt với những thử thách mà cuộc sống hiện tại. Vũ được yêu mến vì tấm lòng bao dung, sự nhanh trí, nụ cười truyền cảm, và khả năng khiến tất cả những người xung quanh cảm thấy yêu quý và trân trọng.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020

  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 25, 2020

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    Friday, September 25, 2020


  • Committal Service

    Friday, September 25, 2020


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Roy Vu

September 26, 2020

Dear Vu,

Even though we never met, we are inspired and blessed by your words, courage, and love for your family and our friend, Thao. We are deeply saddened that you are gone too soon. Thank you so much for sharing your poignant and profound wisdom to the rest of us. Although you have departed, you and your loved ones will meet again, in time: here, there, and everywhere...because love is omniscient and eternal.

Rest in peace and freedom,
Ngoc and Roy

G. Hem

September 26, 2020

My brother Vu Hoang Tran, I entrust you to God Who created you.
May you return to the One Who formed you from the dust of this earth.
May Mary, & the Angels, and all the Saints come to meet you as you go forth from this life.
May Christ Who was crucified for you bring you freedom and peace.
May Christ, the Son of God, Who died for you take you into His kingdom.
May Christ, the Good Shepherd, give you a place within His flock.
May He forgive your sins and keep you among His people.
May you see your Redeemer face to face and enjoy the sight of God forever in Heaven.
And from Heaven up above, Please watch over your Mom Dad, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and Thao.

Tu-Uyen Nguyen

September 25, 2020

“if you want to know how free you are, ask yourself, ‘how far does my love extend?’”
~ yung pueblo

Dear Vu,
True love is what we hope to give and receive during and beyond our time on this earth, as this is the journey to ultimate freedom.
Even though we have not met or talked in person, I feel a strong connection with you through Thao, our wonderful mutual friend, and the inspiring stories you both have shared through your writing.
May you rest in peace and freedom, knowing that you are remembered and cherished by those touched by your light and love.

Jackie Brown

September 25, 2020

My Eulogy for my brother Vu... I didn’t get to read it but sent a copy of it with him....
My name is Jackie Lan Brown, I am Vu’s baby sister. My brother referred to me as “J”. He also referred to my sister Judi as “J” but that’s a story I will save for another day.
Growing up, Vu was always the regulating big bro according to my siblings. Apparently, he had this “big brother persona” and kept all my siblings in check. When Vu got sick, my siblings and I started discussing how Vu treated them as THE big bro and oldest of all the siblings. Their stories confirmed one thing for me, Vu had a major sweet spot for me and I for him. He use to take me everywhere with him when I was little while telling the rest of the siblings to get their butts home. I just couldn’t relate to their stories because he was such a softy when it came to me and anything I wanted the answer was yes. I am proud to say that I have the best, most caring & loving big brother. Vu loved me with all his heart and babied me throughout my childhood into my adulthood life. His letters to me would always start with “Hey Baby sis” and end with “Love your big bro”. In of One of his letter he said “I keep picturing you as this little girl even though you are no longer a baby but you will always be my baby sis”. I struggle with accepting that you are gone but am reminded of a poem you wrote to me. I wrote that same poem back to you when you were in the hospital. I know you can hear me now and you’re watching over me as I recite your own poem back to you once again:

When things look bad, Never give up, never Fear
Just close your eyes and look into your heart, and you’ll know I am always near.
I pray for your safety and the day you will be free.
Be patient big bro,
That day will come, you will see.
I will be there to help you through all that come your way.
I just look to god every night, talk to him and pray.
He will answer my prayers big bro but until that day,
I hope you take care.


Daniel Gross

September 24, 2020

In your last letter to me, you wrote about rays of light in this world of darkness and despair. I have kept your letter on my desk ever since it arrived, and I am going to keep it for years to come. It made me smile and gave me hope.

Vu, I hope you know that you are one of those rays of light. When you wrote with such honesty and beauty about your life, you inspired me and so many others. I was lucky to know you and learn from you.

You deserved better than this. You deserved your freedom in some other way. I can only hope that you know you are loved, you'll be missed, and you will be remembered.

Teri Ho

September 24, 2020

It took me a while to think of what to say because each time i think of you it breaks my heart. We’ve known each other since forever, when we were younger you use to roll your eyes when you see me.
I can still hear you now, wondering why me and my sisters were always at the house. I’ve thought about the past and what could have been for the future. It shouldn’t have been like this and I’ve told myself over and over how unfair things are. But now you are free of the heartbreak and pain. We will meet again in the next life since this one was cut short for you. I love you and miss you.

paula roark

September 24, 2020

Dear Vu,
We never met in person, but it feels that we met again and again as Thao told us your extraordinary stories. We love her and so we love you. I do believe that the work you were able to do in the past few years means that you have chosen the path of the bodhisattva. Helping people better understand the necessity for justice, and encouraging your friends to also speak out and write about it makes a real difference. You are free now. Love and blessings. Paula


September 23, 2020

I am very touch to witness the unconditional love Vu has from his family, his mother, his father, his sisters and brother, his niece, his nephews, and his soulmate Thao. They say when you leave this world it's not the material things that tell you the true measure of a person but it is the heart that you touch. This is not the end but beginning of another journey. May you be remember for your big heart. I have also known of your innocence and for your wrongly unfair incarceration. May all the pain and suffering of the obstacle of life be a distant memory. RIP my friend Vu.

Heidi Lovstad

September 23, 2020

While I didn’t know you in this life, I have been blessed to have your sister Jackie as a dear friend. I know how much your family loved you and how deeply you will be missed by so many. I am grateful to have known your story, through your sister and the things you have written and what others have said about you. Your character shows so much love, integrity, compassion, faith and perseverance. I have been praying for you, and will continue to pray for Jackie, your parents, family and loved ones. You are finally free now to walk with God. May you rest in peace.

“Souls cross ages like clouds cross skies. I believe there is another world waiting for us...a better world. And I’ll be there waiting for you.”

Nadia Sosa

September 22, 2020

Dear anh Vu,

I am glad you are finally free at last.

Fredo and Nadia