It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Peter Mark Nguyen on January 1, 2022 in San Jose, California. Born in Laos in 1945, he was the elder of eleven siblings and born to his father, Tuan Dinh Nguyen and mother, Tieu Thi Truong. A devoted Catholic, he began service as an altar boy and followed his faith until the end of his time with us.
Peter was a handyman, a Vietnamese MacGyver that loved mechanics and engineering. In his twenties, he had his own motorcycle repair shop in Vientiane, Laos where he married his wife, Seng and raised their daughter, Nhung. In 1976, Peter and his young family abruptly left their home to start a new life in America.
The young family was met by Peter’s brothers in Spokane, Washington where they kept their bond to the Catholic Church and built their future. Peter became a proud American Citizen and new father again when his son, Michael was born. For years, the Nguyen family grew within their close-knit Vietnamese and Laotian communities.
In his later years, Peter left the cold winters of Washington for sunny California where he would spend life with his faithful family. When he eventually retired, he enjoyed doing everything he loved; fishing, gardening, cooking, listening to music, and collecting family photographs. He even spent time in Washington again, moving to new places and making new friends. Peter kept his show on the road and he especially loved it in a new Toyota truck. He was a great listener of God and Johnny Cash. Peter treated everybody like family until his last days in California. He liked to surprise others with the most unexpected gifts. This New Year’s morning, Peter dropped off two cooking pots to his sister. In the evening, he rested his soul to join his mother and father in peace and harmony. Peter is survived by his daughter Mary, Skye, Stella, Darrell, his son Michael, Kia, Colton, Preston, August and Hazen. His brothers and sisters;
1- Nguyễn Đình Tự
2- Nguyễn Đình Tân
2- Nguyễn Đình Thư
3- Nguyễn Thi Thương
4- Nguyễn Thị Quý
5- Nguyễn Đình Báu
6- Nguyễn Thị Ngọc
7- Nguyễn Đình Ngà
8- Nguyễn Đình Phúc Ân
9- Nguyễn Đình Cần
10- Nguyễn Thị Kim Phượng
Peter Mark Nguyen, you will be greatly missed. Warm memories of you will be kept in our hearts forever.
“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventures, story-tellers, and singers of songs.” – Pam Brown
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