OBITUARY

Thai Hiep Tran

January 14, 1939August 10, 2019
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Thai Hiep Tran was born on January 14, 1939 in Bac Lieu, Bạc Liêu and passed away on August 10, 2019 in Edmonds, Washington.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, August 19, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 20, 2019
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, August 20, 2019

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Honeymoon in Da Lat October 1959.

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December 1977 at the Pulau Besar refugee camp in Malaysia. This was our home for 6 months.

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The cousins at the refugee camp.

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Honeymoon in Da Lat October 1959.

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December 1977 at the Pulau Besar refugee camp in Malaysia. This was our home for 6 months.

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The cousins at the refugee camp.

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Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Thai Hiep Tran believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Thai thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Thai was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      Thai was born on January 14, 1939 at Bac Lieu in Vietnam. His parents were Thong and Sam Tran. Thai was raised in Ca Mau. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Thai could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Thai's family relationships. Thai was raised with two siblings. He had one younger brother An and one younger sister Cuc. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Thai was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young boy, Thai could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. Thai took part in swimming, soccer, and tennis. In his spare time he liked fishing. Thai's memorable achievements included Honor Student and represented his school in academic competitions.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, Thai enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Thai was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. He graduated from Nguyen Dinh Chieu High School in 1958. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Business Prep Classes. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Miss Tran. In addition to graduating second in his class, he will be remembered by classmates for helping them with their school work.

      Because he was a quick thinker and adept at picking up on new things, Thai performed well in college. He was always on a quest for knowledge and he relished the experience. Theories intrigued him, and he was good at solving complex problems. He always wanted to understand rather than judge. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration. His favorite courses were business management. Thai's other interests writing for the college newspaper.

      Thai was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Always interested in his friends’ activities and interests, Thai was uncritical of his acquaintances. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found Thai to be very stimulating company. Thai's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. While growing up, some of his best friends were mostly business partners and mentors. Later in life, he became friends with Bac Ly Hong, Merlin and Pat Black and so many from Vietnam and the United States.

       Thai was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Thai was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Thai was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to his spouse’s needs. He was a vibrant personality and he enjoyed verbally sparring with Diep. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Thai loved to argue for argument’s sake. He was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Diep's.

      Thai's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Thai was blessed with five children, four sons, Binh, Minh, Duc, Thu and one daughter, Nguyet. They were also blessed with eleven grandchildren, LIsa, Ryan, Steven, Nathan, Justin, Jonathan, Kaitlyn, Spencer, Sydney, Natalie, Jacob. Someone who was quick to laugh, Thai found it easy to spend lots of time with his children, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them.

      As a born inventor, Thai was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Thai was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Thai was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was businessman in Vietnam and became a welder in U. S. He was employed for 14 years by R. A Hanson Company in Spokane, WA. Thai always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Thai's “never say die” attitude and his ability to face any challenge no matter how difficult it might be were tremendous assets that Thai carried with him into the military. Thai was an South Vietnam Army. He was in the Army Mechanical Support Division. Thai saw limited action for one year during the Vietnam War.

      Thai's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Thai was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that Thai simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuits were fishing, restoring cars, and camping.

      Thai's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served him well in sports. In high school, Thai played soccer, swimming, and tennis. In his college years, Thai continued to stay active by playing intramural sports such as soccer. Recreational sports included fitness and biking. Thai was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were boxing, football, basketball and soccer.

      Thai's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Thai could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing his novel ideas and problem solving strategies. Throughout his later years, Thai was an active member of the Vietnamese Veterans Association.

      Faith and religion were important to Thai. He was a member the Buddhist faith for his entire life.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Thai. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Thai to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included Mexico and Hawaii with the family.

      Even while in retirement, Thai never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. In retirement, he found new pleasure in fishing and spending time with his grandchildren. Even in retirement, Thai continued to stay in touch with his old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Thai passed away on August 10, 2019 at Swedish Medical Center in Edmonds, Washington. Thai battled on after a quadruple heart bypass in 2000 and ultimately succumb to heart disease. He is survived by his wife Diep, his brother An, his sister Cuc, his 5 children Binh, Minh, Duc, Nguyet, and Thu, his 11 grandchildren. Services were held at Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills, Lynnwood. Thai was laid to rest in Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills, Lynnwood.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Thai. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Thai was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Thai, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Thai Hiep Tran, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.