OBITUARY

Carl Lee Givens

September 4, 1975March 8, 2019
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Carl L Givens was born on September 4, 1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Earl and Ngoc Givens. He grew up in Long Beach, CA.

Carl is survived by his loving wife Rowena and 2 daughters Jada and Jaelyn, and his brothers Minh Du Givens (Junior) and younger brother John Givens.

With deep sorrow, he passed away on March 8, 2019 at Keck USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Ca.

Carl will be remembered as a devoted Husband, Father, Brother and son.

Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Carl was an all around good man.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 21, 2019
  • Celebration of Carl's Life Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Graveside Ceremony Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Reception Friday, March 22, 2019
REMEMBERING

Carl Lee Givens

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Annie Nguyen

March 20, 2019

Thank you for knowing you
Thank you for receiving trust of you and your family
Thank you for choosing me be apart of your eternal journey
You are so wonderful
You and your family always in God's Care
We will always remember you

Patricia Barahona

March 19, 2019

As time went by, Mr. G and I became friends. and if you all know him, you know he had a nick
name for everyone. He nicknamed me boom-boom... why? I still don’t know! So the nickname
stuck.
Mr. G and I had long conversations about life. And you all know this man had no filter! He
straight up would tell you the truth, no matter how harsh it came out. But he was a real one. I
appreciated that. Honestly I'm going to miss him dearly because I could come to him and speak
to him about life. He always encouraged me to do and be better. He always said he was rooting
for me. I am sad he is no longer among us. What gives my heart peace is knowing that I did my
best to provide him with the best care I could give. He was one of those patients who respected
our staff and showed how much he appreciated our help. And not to sound cocky, I know for a
fact, I was his favorite.
Mrs. Givens and girls, know that we all loved Mr. Givens dearly. I can honestly say he was the
BEST patient we had. I cannot compare our loss of Mr. G with your loss of a husband, father,
friend, son, brother, cousin... you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We ask the lord to give you
strength during this difficult time. Girls, your dad was so proud of you. Nothing was more
important to him than both of you. Stay strong. Keep going. I am sure you’ll make him proud
with your accomplishments in life. You have a guardian angel looking out for you.

With love,
Patricia Barahona

Patricia Barahona

March 19, 2019

Where to begin... so many memories I have that I'll cherish forever of Mr.G.
The first time I met Mr. G, he had just been transferred out of ICU, to 5 north. I can’t remember
who were his nurse/ nurse assistant was that day. What I do remember is being called into his
room to help transfer him from the bed to the chair. I walk into the room and introduce myself. I
see this short lady, Mrs.G and sitting at the edge of the bed is this tall, curvy man. I said to
myself "there's no way 4 girls are going to be able to get him up if he cant help to bear weight,
stand and take a couple steps to the chair"... but getting him out of bed was a piece of cake! The
real challenge was getting him up from the chair back to bed. He was in the chair for a few hours
and our concern was if he would be able to help push himself up from the chair while the 4 of us
helped also pull him into a standing position. So Alma, Viri, Morena and I come in and are ready
to help stand him up. This guy, said "nah, call the guys downstairs. They know how to handle
me." I'm looking at him like "for real?" I remember saying " listen there's 4 of us. Trust us, we
can help you stand. you're strong enough to pull yourself and walk back to bed. We can do this.
Mr. G was not having it. I began to get annoyed with him because he was doubting our capability
of handling a patient like him. So, I ran my mouth and told him that we weren't calling no-one
from downstairs in IICU. We, 4 females, were going to get his butt up and into bed. Said and
done. We showed him who run the world of 5 north!

Rowena Givens

March 19, 2019

Rowena Givens

March 19, 2019

Carl and John

Rowena Givens

March 19, 2019

Carl and Jaelyn

Julie Khunpasee

March 15, 2019

way, he finally pooped several times that day. Carl was a good person. The rough personality didn’t fool me. I got to know the other side of him. Seeing the devotion and seemingly effort Rowena had for him day in and day out, juggling between the kids and him at the hospital, reflected on how great of a father and husband he was. I was out from work for 2 week. When I found out that he passed, it broke my heart. Carl, you were a good friend and you will be missed. May you finally Rest In Peace. You will always be remembered by your friends and family. We couldn’t give you the heart, but I will try my best to transplant my tangerine tree for Rowena as you wish. I will call it “Carl.”

Julie Khunpasee

March 15, 2019

Carl and I met several years ago when he got his VAD. He thinks of me as the mean and no nonsense mother that rarely smiles. I have the RBF look. Overtime, a special bond developed. We shared our childhood moments, and stories of our children and family with each other. We became the siblings that laugh, tease, care, and trust in each other. The last several months when he was with us, his anxiety level went up. He would ask me on a daily bases which nurse I assigned him to. He had his favorite nurses and nurses he never wanted to take care of him. It become a mission assigning Carl nurses due to many reasons. I told him that he was my difficult child. I understood his reasons, but took the opportunity to tease him over it. I told him that if he didn’t stop, I’m going to give him the one person he doesn’t want, lol. No matter how busy the unit was, I always checked up on him. The last several days before he passed, Carl had not pooped for many, many days. He refused all bowel regiment. The doctor told him that he needed to poop before they consider taking his endotracheal tube out. Some of the nurses would complain about him and his refusal to do certain things or take his poop med. I went to his room and had a heart to heart talk with him. I ask him what is the problem with not wanting to poop? His reply was “ there is no honor in pooping in bed. “ As I looked at him and held his hand at the same time, I told him to put all pride aside and take the medication. I told him I want the doctor to get the tube out to get him better. I told him I want him to go home to his children and wife. He has a very devoted wife whom is always there daily. As I have a heart to heart talk with him, I started to tear up. When he noticed that, he did a 180 degree turn by telling me that his children and Rowena love the tangerine I brought for them. He wants to plant it in his garden. I told him that I will try to transplant from the tree branch at my house and give it to Rowena. By the

Noel Laupua

March 15, 2019

My Dearest Carl,
It's been so hard these couple of days accepting the fact that you're gone. I don't want to believe it. And as the days are getting closer and closer to your farewell service, my heart aches, knowing that the reality of it all will soon hit me. You have been a true friend to me all these years. The many emails, text messages, phone calls, gifts you've sent... to express your friendship, I promise you, they have never gone unnoticed. THANK YOU for being YOU!!! What can one give, to be young and free again? You once told me, that you wondered who would greet you at the gates when it was your time to go..... well, now it's my turn to say...I pray that when my time comes ...I will be greeted by you and my brother Mike!
May you rest peacefully!
I love you dearly Carl!
Noel Laupua

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Devoted Husband, Father, Brother, Son

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