Johnny Hai Phan

January 14, 1953April 5, 2018

Johnny Hai Phan was born in Hue, Vietnam on January 14, 1953. In his youth, he enjoyed painting, art, and tailoring which are hobbies that he honed throughout the rest of his life. After he finished school, he enlisted in the Vietnamese Air Force and eventually graduated as an air cadet of unit 72A. Completing the aviation training was one of the proudest accomplishments of his life. He formed many lifelong friendships from this experience. During the turmoil of the Vietnam War, he courageously journeyed to the USA to seek a better life. Arriving in Las Vegas, Nevada on August of 1980 with no money to his name, Johnny worked in restaurants and tailor shops to build his new life. Here, he met and fell in love with Theresa Phan whom he married on September 3, 1988. They had two sons: James and Jason Phan. Along the way, he began a career in the booming gaming industry of Las Vegas. Through dedication, he became a table games dealer at Bellagio where he was an employee for nearly twenty years. He never failed to prioritize the needs of his family over his own. In his children, he instilled the values of hard work, integrity, and altruism. Throughout this part of his life, Johnny enjoyed traveling, hiking, and simply spending time with family and friends. Surrounded by his loving family, Johnny Hai Phan passed away at the age of 65 on April 5, 2018. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2018

Johnny Hai Phan

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Le Ho

April 12, 2018

Rest in peace my friend!

Tan Nguyen

April 12, 2018

Hi Johny
Best wish for the trip of returning where we came from.
Rest in peace, give me sometimes I will be there soon. Life is sequence of back and forth, my friend.
Tan Nguyen

Chi Huynh

April 11, 2018

From VNAF Class of 72A, I am 2Lt. Huynh-Dinh-Chi;

On behalf of everyone of us in the VNAF Class of 72A, we are mourning together with the family for the lost of one of our 360 Class Members:

“2Lt. Phan-Hoang-Hai (Johnny Hai Phan)”

Lieutenant Hai was a fine UH-1 Helicopter Pilot, a Freedom Fighter side-by-side with everyone of us all the way until the last day of Vietnam War 4/30/1975.
Lieutenant Hai has shown to be a fine Officer and a real Gentleman. We are so proud of him and we are so grateful to have Lieutenant Hai as a Friend and a Classmate.

We pray God to accept Hai’s Soul into Heaven.
We also pray God to bless Hai’s Wife and 2 Sons during this difficult time for the lost of Her Beloved Husband and Their Beloved Father.

Hai, Good Bye My Friend and May You Rest In Peace.

Chi Huynh

April 11, 2018

Chi Huynh

April 11, 2018

Chi Huynh

April 10, 2018

My name is Huynh-Dinh-Chi, Republic of South Vietnam Air Force F-5 Pilot, a closed friend of 2Lt. Phan-Hoang-Hai (Johnny Phan).

Early 1972, the Vietnam war was at the peak, Johnny and over 5,000 young male college and high school graduated students had voluntarily enlisted in the South Vietnam Air Force Officers.

Through a lengthy and severely medical examination, Johnny, I and 358 others got selected on 8/8/1972 and we were sent Vietnam Air Force Officers Training School in Nha Trang Air Training Command Class 72A.

After graduated from OTS, Air Cadet Johnny was selected and was sent to the United States for further studying English at Defense Language Institude at Lacland AFB in Texas. He has graduated and was sent to Fort Rucker Army Base in Alabama where he was trained, graduated and received Silver Wings as UH-1 Helicopters Pilot in Class 74-28.

He returned to Vietnam in September 1974 and served as UH-1 VNAF Pilot with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant until the Vietnam War was ended on April 30, 1975.

That is a brief summary of Johnny Phan’s Military career that I would like to share with all of you the pert of his life that he and everyone of us in VNAF Class 72A were proud of and never forget.

In Memory of 2Lt. Phan-Hoang-Hai (Johnny Phan) VNAF AC Class 72A, Pilot of UH-1 Helicopter Class 74-28:

Corlay Linh, Vân and Alain

April 6, 2018

Today, we are so sad, we will remember your smile and your kindness for ever.
Rest in peace.
Our hearts go out to all your family at this difficult time.

Linh, Vân and Alain