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Lajpat Rai Munger Obituary

It is with a saddened heart that the Munger family must announce the passing of their beloved father and grandfather, Lajpat Rai Munger. On the morning of August 22, 2016, at 7:56 a.m., Lajpat Rai Munger passed away in his home surrounded by his family.

On January 21, 1917, the world was blessed with the presence of a man who lived a life of spirituality and philanthropy, carrying out the teachings of his guru and giving back to those in need, even when he had little for himself or for his family. He was one of eight children born in the small village of Nangal Shahidan, nestled in the state of Punjab. After high school, he joined the police force at the young age of 16 and very quickly rose to the ranks of C.I.D. (Criminal Investigation Department – a specialized division in the state police forces of India) as an undercover agent directly under the prime minister. After retiring from the C.I.D. in 1958 at the age of 41, he took over the family farming business. In doing so, he was instrumental in bringing modernization to the village and farming community as a whole. In pursuit of a better life for his wife and six children, he made the brave decision to leave the life he knew and move to the United States in 1966. They started a new chapter of their lives in the small farming community of Gridley, CA, while also welcoming their seventh child.

After five years of hard work and diligence, Lajpat was able to purchase his first plot of land which consisted of 70 acres. His adaptive and perseverant nature drove him to diversify into various crops and plant the seed of a very successful farming company. In 1988, he passed on the reins of the farming company to his two sons, Baldev Munger and Kable Munger, to begin his journey of fulfilling his spiritual calling.

Upon retiring, he moved back to India, in pursuit of giving back to his community and providing those less fortunate with an opportunity to have a better future. In addition, he sought out to illuminate the legacy of the man who guided him at a young age to fulfill a life of integrity and spirituality. Over the course of 23 years, he received a Doctorate of Humane Letters, built a university in India affiliated with California State University, Fresno, a temple, a charitable hospital, and rebuilt the K-12 school in his village and advanced the classrooms with technology in the name of his Guru Sarvanand Gir Ji. In addition to giving back to his village in India, with the help of his two sons, he continued his philanthropic work in the United States by donating funds to California State University, Fresno, Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, and other various contributions. Today his family continues to thrive in agribusiness as well as give back to those in need. Through the teachings of their guru and the ideals of honesty, hard work, passion, and charity passed down by their father, Lajpat's children and grandchildren will continue to live out his legacy. His memory will live on through every acre farmed, charitable deed done, and family traditions passed down.

He is survived by his seven children and their spouses: Mr. Baldev (David) Munger; Mr. & Mrs. Kewel (Kable) & Janie Munger; Mr. Maharaj (Roger) Munger of Bakersfield, CA; Mr. Gurcharan Dhokal and Mrs. Manjeet (Meena) Munger Dhokal of Yuba City, CA; Dr. Manish Saini and Mrs. Paramjit (Pam) Munger Saini of Freehold, New Jersey; Ms. Kamie Munger; and Ms. Santosh Munger of Bakersfield, CA. He is also survived by 11 grandchilden: Miss Asha Munger; Mr. & Mrs. Diwan & Gabrielle Munger; Miss Shree Munger; Mr. Ajay Munger; Mr. Raj Munger; Mr. Ravi Munger; Dr. Pawn Dhokal; Mr. Nicholas Galano and Mrs. Perveen Dhokal Galano; Mr. Arvind Saini; Miss Angelie Saini; and Miss Chance Munger.

Memorial services will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, CA as follows:

Viewing: Monday, August 29, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Funeral Service: Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Indian Prayer: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Service: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Cremation: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch will be held at Seven Oaks Country Club, 2000 Grand Lakes Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93311, 12:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Munger Family would like to extend their gratitude to all those who have sent their condolences and kind words. All your support and love through this difficult time is greatly appreciated. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers or donations, you take a moment to hug your child, grandchild, family member, or friend. To take a walk and think about all those you love and all the joy they bring into your life, and remember, time waits for no one.

For those who still wish to extend further condolences, our family has established a contribution fund in memory of Dr. Lajpat Munger at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital in honor of his life and the legacy he leaves behind. Donations can be sent to the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 2401, Bakersfield, CA 93303.

For those who prefer to donate online, please visit the Foundation's website at www.supportbakersfield.org and click the "Donate Online" button. For condolences please visit: www.greenlawnm-c.com

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28, 2016
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