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“My family was one of the many families sponsored by Mr. Phan when we came to the United States. Even though we were not related and did not even know...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Khiem Hoang and Family - IA

“Phong and I worked together at Deluxe check printers. When I interviewed Phong he didn't speak any English and he had to have an interpreter. We...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Mike Crivaro - Urbandale, IA

“Phong is my wife's father. The last year I spent getting to know him and his wife-Khen. I will always remember walking through their front door and...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Kenneth Triplett - Frisco, TX

“Phong he is my uncle. He is the third brother of my mother. When I first came to the USA I lived with him. He took care of me and my sister. He...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Sen Dinh - Mount Vernon, IL

“I worked with Phong at Deluxe Check Printers. He always had a smile and positive attitude. My husband & I even attended several of his New Year's...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Carol Holmes - Des Moines, IA

“I will always remember Phong as a sweet and loving man to everyone. He was always happy, smiling and sharing a kind word. He was a joy to work with...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Cotnwell - Van eter, IA


Phong Phan, 82, died February 1, 2021 at Baylor Scott & White Hospital, Plano, Texas.
At family request, private service will be held for family only.

Mr. Phan was born August 25, 1938, in Bui Chu, Nam Dinh Province in North Vietnam to Phat and Che Phan. Mr. Phan lived an amazing life. At the age of 16, he fled from the First Indochina War to South Vietnam in search of freedom. In 1963, he worked and met his wife Khen at the French Bakery Shop in Xon Moi. He served in the South Vietnamese army from 1969 to 1973. After the fall of South Vietnam, he took his family, and escaped by boat to Malaysia in 1978. His family ended up in Des Moines, Iowa in the winter of 1979 under a relative sponsorship. He then worked for the Deluxe Printing Check Company in Des Moines for 20 years. He retired in 2003 on a small farm in Nevada, Texas where he wanted to live in peace, enjoyed gardening and fishing for the rest of his life.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years. Khen and his children: Thai (Thao), Duy (Loan), Andrew (Huyen), Toi, Ngu (Jen), Lieu (Ken), and grandchildren Tiphany, Megan, Kate, Maria, Mitchell, Molly, Ashlyn, Gavin, and Maura. Mr. Phan is preceded in death by one son, Phu.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the St. Jude's cancer research:

https://www.stjude.org/donate/pm.html?sc_dcm=58700006164806961&sc_cid=kwp75473&source_code=IIQ190721002&gclsrc=aw.ds&&gclid=CjwKCAiAjeSABhAPEiwAqfxURbY_hE-IrrRnvqzLzB40Ny6TtLk3xg7UOGzmmriC9RlaKx-7AnaKCRoCG84QAvD_BwE

Services entrusted to Charles W. Smith & Sons Funeral Home.