OBITUARY

Hiep Van Pham

November 16, 1951September 27, 2020
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Mr. Hiep Pham was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and Vietnamese naval officer. He passed away unexpectedly on September 27th, 2020, just one-month shy of his 69th birthday. Hiep is survived by his wife Mai, daughter Cynthia (Carl), son Nhan, and grandson James Reiner, as well as his two brothers, Pham Huu Nghia and Pham Chi Hoa, and three sisters, Pham Thi Mui, Pham Thi Nga, and Pham Thanh Binh. He was preceded in death by his mother in 2019 at the age of 98 years. Hiep was born and raised in Tien Giang province, Go Cong district, South Vietnam on November 16th, 1951 to Mr. Pham Van Suu and Mrs. Huynh Thi Dat. Hiep grew up in a time of great conflict and uncertainty in Vietnam. After he finished his schooling, Hiep enlisted in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He attained the rank of captain in the HQ200 unit out of Rach Gia province. After his unit moved to Phu Quoc Island, Hiep was deployed into combat for years, consistently placing the lives of his men before his own. In 1975, just before the end of the Vietnam War, Hiep left and crossed the Pacific Ocean to California. Upon arriving in a foreign land, Hiep realized his heart was with his beloved homeland, aging parents, and loving siblings, so he left and returned to Vietnam. As Hiep voyaged back to his family, the war was coming to a close. His final voyage in the navy was back home to Saigon. Roughly six months after his return, Saigon fell to the Viet Cong, ending the Vietnam War. The communist victory spelled the end of Hiep’s military career and life as a free man. Because of his heroic actions in the South Vietnamese fight against socialism, Hiep was forced to endure eight brutal years as a prisoner of the Viet Cong. During his imprisonment, Hiep lived in extreme misery, hunger, thirst, lack of shelter, and was not allowed to communicate with his loved ones. While performing hard labor, Hiep suffered a major head injury from a falling log. Despite this life-threatening injury, he overcame his fate, persevered, and survived. After he was released from prison, Hiep reunited with his family and later met the love of his life, Mai, and they were soon married. His daughter, Cynthia, née Giang, was born in 1983 and his son, Nhan, followed in 1990. After the birth of his son, Hiep and family immigrated to the United States to escape the communist regime in Vietnam. They settled in Noblesville, Indiana for less than three years, then moved to Seattle, Washington to be nearer to relatives. It was not easy for Hiep and his family to get settled, but Hiep was determined to give his family a better life, working multiple jobs to put food on the table. Hiep spent the rest of his life in Seattle, raising his two children, and working until his retirement in 2018. It was also this same year that he welcomed the birth of his grandson. Hiep was a man of his word and possessed great integrity and compassion. He was a problem solver, thinker, avid do-it-yourselfer, and jack of all trades. For Hiep, there was no task too big or too small. Once he was committed to a project or helping others, he was driven to finish it, even if it meant staying up all night. He loved trying out new tools and electronic devices. Hiep loved spending time with family, listening to music, gardening with his wife, and home doing improvement projects. He had always wanted grandchildren, so his greatest joy in life was the welcoming of his grandson, James. In Hiep’s own words, James was his “golden nugget,” his joy. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all that had the pleasure of meeting him. A funeral service will be scheduled from 12pm – 3:30pm on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 at Acacia Memorial Park & Funeral Home on 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155. In lieu of flowers and donations, the family asks that donations be sent to the Puget Sound division of the American Heart Association (https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/donatenow_heart.html?utm_source=PugetSound) in honor of Hiep Van Pham.

Anh Hiệp Phạm sinh ra và lớn lên ở miền nam nước Việt Nam, tỉnh Tiền Giang, huyện Gò Công, cha là Phạm Văn Sửu, mẹ là Huỳnh Thị Đạt, anh là con thứ trong một gia đình gồm 6 anh chị em.

Chị Cả Phạm Thị Mùi Em trai Phạm Hửu Nghĩa Em gái Phạm Thị Nga Em trai Phạm Chi Hòa Em Gái Phạm Thanh Bình

Anh là một người con hiếu thảo, tính tình hiền lành, thương yêu em út, trân trọng bạn bè mên mọi người đều quý mến,

Anh lớn lên trong thời chiến tranh loạn lạc, xong nợ bút nghiên anh gia nhập vào quân đội Việt Nam cộng hòa, đam mê ngành thủy thủ, anh là thuyền trưởng hải quân HQ200 đóng ở miền tây tỉnh Rạch Giá, một thời gian sau anh chuyển về Phú Quốc ở đó nhiều năm biết bao lần chạm trán với quân thù tưởng đã chết nhưng anh vẩn vượt qua và sống rất kiên cường, sau đó anh chuyển về Sàigon được hơn 6 tháng thì miền nam Việt Nam rơi vào tay cộng sản năm 1975....thời điểm này anh vượt biển ra đi...nhưng vì nhớ quê hương, cha mẹ già, người yêu, anh chị em nên anh đành phải quay về và lại vào tù cộng sản, hơn 8 năm tù đày ở miền trung Việt Nam Phú Khánh Tuy Hòa, 8 năm trời anh sống vô cùng khổ sở đói khát, ăn không đủ no, mặc không đủ ấm....những tai nạn trong trại tù cứ nối tiếp đến với anh, một lần tửơng đã tử nạn trong lúc làm việc, cây to rớt xuống đầu anh máu tuôn bê bết, tui cộng sản cai ngục bỏ mặc anh không màng quan tâm nhưng anh đã vượt qua được số phận, rồi ngày đoàn tụ với gia đình rồi cũng đến, một thời gian sau anh kết hôn với chị Do Thi Hồng Mai có được 2 người con trưởng nữ Phạm Cynthia và thứ nam Phạm Thế Nhân, cứ sống khổ mãi với chế độ cộng sản ở miền nam không phải là cách nên anh đã mang cả gia đình ra đi và may mắn đã đến được bến bờ tự do USA....những ngày mới định cư rất là bỡ ngỡ, nhưng anh vẫn mải cố gắng vượt lên, đi làm 2 jobs để lo cho vợ con...thắm thoát đã hơn 30 năm trên xứ người, anh vẫn luôn sống tốt, luôn giúp đỡ mọi người, mặc dầu làm việc cực khổ nhưng chưa bao giờ bệnh nặng đến phải nhập viện nhưng sáng chủ nhật ngày 27 tháng 9 năm 2020 ngày định mệnh, một cơn đau tim ập đến....lần đầu nhập viện cũng là lần ra đi vĩnh viễn.....không bao giờ còn trở về nhà với vợ, con và đứa cháu ngoại mà anh rất thương yêu......vĩnh biệt anh, xin vĩnh biêt.......

Thay vì đóng góp trực tiếp cho gia đình, chúng tôi cầu mong gia đình và thân hửu đóng góp đến Puget Sound division American Heart Association của hiệp hội tim mạch Hoa Kỳ để tích phước cho anh Phạm Hiệp, Trân trọng,

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October 9, 2020

Dear Aunt Mai, Sister Giang & Brother Nhan,
Words cannot even begin to express our sorrow, you are in our prayers.
Family Phuc-Ngan have had good memories with your family.


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