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Yuvath (Michael) Yin 1953 - 2021

Yuvath (“Taiva”, “Michael) was born in 1953 in Srok Moung, Battambang Province, Cambodia to Ngan and Hour Yin. He was the youngest of six children. His childhood was filled with joy playing hide and seek, barbershop with friends and jumping from the bridge into the river during monsoon season. He was a very smart child, a talented singer, earning a second place in the Battambang Province high school singing competition. He completed his Baccalaureate in eleven years instead of the standard 12 years. Nothing he did was standard. Everything he did was always done with passion, love and unsurpassed work ethic.

Yuvath joined the Khmer Navy in 1971, where he served his country as Lieutenant Jr. Grade. In 1974, he and his fellow Cambodian military staff were sent to the United States to train with the U.S. Navy at Lackland Air Force Base, and then to a military base in San Diego, CA.

In April 1975, Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia fell to the Communist Party of Kampuchea, spurring the Khmer Rouge(Cambodian civil war), which lasted from 1975-1979. Since returning to Cambodia meant a certain death, Yuvath remained in the U.S.

After several years of searching for his family in Cambodia and Thailand, he found his mother, sister, a new brother- in- law, along with his brother- in- law’s family. He sponsored their safe passage to the U.S. They arrived in San Diego three days before Yuvath’s wedding to Jeanine Parker, the love of his life. They have been married 40 years and have one son, Michael.

“Michael”, as he was known by all in San Diego, owned and operated a beauty salon together with his business partners for about 30 years. He continuously honed his skills by attending numerous workshops and hair shows in New York, London, Las Vegas and various other cities. He was well known for his knowledge of modern hair styles and was sought out by clients for his skills. He maintained many long time clients, many for over 20 years, that became dear friends. He always had a kind word and asked about your family.

He retired in July 2020 after a long successful career. He enjoyed traveling with Jeanine and was an avid and talented photographer. He played guitar in the past and continued to enjoy various styles of music. He loved to watch old movies, football and baseball. But what he loved and treasured the most was family. He was a very proud husband, father and uncle. He enjoyed all family get togethers. Family is important.

In August 2020, Michael was diagnosed with brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme. He had surgery and recovered well. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread too much and too fast throughout his body. Yuvath is survived by his wife, son & daughter-in-law, sister, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, cousins and many very dear friends.

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts we say goodbye to a wonderful loving man. We will miss your warm smile, your love and infectious laughter that you always shared with everyone. We will see each other again. The Yin family will be donating funds in Yuvath and Jeanine Yin’s name to Temple Soriyaram in Srok Moung, Battambang Province, Cambodia to build housing for elderly residents and orphaned children residing at the temple.

Donations may be made to the following:

You may donate to the “National Brain Tumor Society” at https://braintumor.org/ via ‘Give Today’ in memory of Yuvath (Michael) Yin.

You may also donate to Blessed Sacrament Church, designate “parish office improvements”. Jeanine works here and Yuvath supported her work at the church.

You may send plants or flowers in memory of Yuvath “Michael” Yin to Blessed Sacrament Church.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.goodbodymortuary.com for the Yin family.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Rosary Service

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial (will be at a later date)

Memories

Yuvath (Michael) Yin 1953 - 2021

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Bryan Esry

April 9, 2021

Jeanine and Michael Jr.,

Please accept our deepest condolences for your loss.

We have known Michael for nearly 40 years. He was a gentle man who neither of us ever heard utter an unkind word. Always greeting us with a smile and genuinely interested in what was going on in our lives.

But most of all, Michael seemed truly happy with his life. An example and gift to us all.

RIP my friend, you will be greatly missed.

Bryan and Linda

Carlos and Connie Orta

April 9, 2021

Dear Jeanine and Michael Jr.
We are so sorry for the loss of your husband and your sons’s father. We always remember Michael as being so nice, soft-spoken and quiet. He was very kind.
Our prayers and condolences go out to you and your family.
Love Carlos and Connie

Donald Parker

April 9, 2021

A wonderful husband and father to my sister and nephew. Sorry we didn't spend more time together. Saddened on your leaving so soon, but you gave so much while you were here. Family will miss you, but will treasure your legacy and am thankful for the ways you gave God's Blessings to us through your Life.

Brother-in-Law

Donald

William (aka. Bun By) Lee

April 6, 2021

Jeanine and Michael Jr,

Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband and father, a dear friend of mine since our childhood during high school years.

We basically grew up together before his brother Yin Pho married to my sister. I remembered I was in a singing competition with him in 1968 at Lycée Preah Monivong in Battambang, Cambodia.

He was known to be a kind man, soft spoken and extremely friendly.

Taiva will be missed and always in my heart, Rest In Peace!

Bill Lee aka. Bun By

Sam Oum

April 5, 2021

Jeanine and Michael Jr,

Please accept my sincere condolence and sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband and father, a dear friend of mine since our days in the Service 50 years ago.

My heart and prayer goes out to you and your family in this time of immeasurable sorrow.

Yuvath! You will be missed buddy! May your soul rest in eternal light and peace with our Lord and Savior.

Hortencia Chee

April 1, 2021

Dear Jeanine and Michael Jr.
I knew Michael for more than twenty five years and shared endlessly conversations about our families. He was extremely proud and loved his family. He was kind, generous, loyal, honest and sometimes funny. His friendship will always be part of my memories.
May his memory be a loving keepsake from which you will never part.

Nancy Hart

April 1, 2021

I started going to Michael years ago soon after he started in Mission Valley! Michael was the kindest and sweetest human being. Always had that smile and welcomed you to his chair with love! The love for his family was so sweet and thru the years of hearing about little Michael - he was so proud and loved him so much. Now as we wait to gather in heaven with all our friends and loved ones - it’s going to be a great time Michael. Love you and miss you. RIP my friend🙏🙏🙏❤️

Linda Parker

April 1, 2021

Michael, a beautiful, loving, sweet soul who has taken flight and returned home. You will be greatly missed by so many friends and family members for all that you gave to each one of us over your life time. May you rest in peace.

Sharon Smith

April 1, 2021

My memories of Michael are of a gentle, quiet, kind man. I had such great admiration for his courage and strength in all he endured to get to the United States and build a thriving business. He was a good man, very caring and generous with his family. It broke my heart to hear of the great pain he suffered with his illness. We know he is finally released from that dreadful disease.
My prayers continue for the family as they grieve their loss of this lovely man. May God bless you all. And know that Michael is smiling down upon you in his heavenly reward.

Mony Yin

March 31, 2021

I miss your smile. I miss your words of wisdom and encouragement. Yes, I still have the scars on my skull and lip from your "encouraging" me to be brave and swing from the iron bars of the window back in Cambodia.

You will forever be in my heart. Be sure to let your brothers, sisters and parents, as well as your grandparents, know we made it out of Cambodia.

Let my dad know that his young wife bravely got his four children safely out of Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge into the USA; that they studied and never looked back.

Love you always,

Your niece Srey Ma (Mony).

FROM THE FAMILY