Gian Singh Johl of Yuba City, CA passed away in his home on March 20, 2010 at the age of 66. He was born in Punjab, India on February 1, 1944. Growing up in the small farming community of Nurmahal, he always dreamed of living in the land of opportunity. After completing his degree, he obtained a student visa to continue his education in America. He spent his early years living in Gian Singh Johl California and Nevada, and decided to settle in the Yuba-Sutter area as the surroundings reminded him of his native homeland. After settling in Yuba City, he began to bring his family and friends from India, including his Mother, Rattan Johl. In 1979, he married Hardeep, his wife of the last 31 years, with whom he had two children, Harpreet and Gian, Jr. Gian Johl was very committed to bridging the communication gap between the local and Sikh population in the area. After spending 25 years working with various community and religious organizations, particularly with the Sri Guru Nanak Sikh Temple, he then created the Des Pardes TV & Radio programs to increase social, economic, and political understanding between the two cultures. His goal was to motivate individuals to be more involved in bringing positive changes to the Yuba-Sutter area. He began to see the success of his efforts as more individuals joined him in his vision and became active in the local community. Throughout all his various endeavors, Gian always returned to his love of farming. In the 45 years he lived in Yuba City,he farmed peaches, almonds, prunes, kiwis and walnuts. He is survived by his mother, his wife, his children: Harjit, Harpreet, Gian, Jr., and granddaughter Marissa. He will be forever loved and deeply missed by his family and friends. Prayer Services will start Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 11:00AM at Ullrey Memorial Chapel, Yuba City. Final Prayers and Cremation will follow at Ullrey Memorial Chapel Crematory. Bhog Services at Bogue Road Sikh Temple Yuba City, CA. Arrangements are under the direction of Ullrey Memorial Chapel.
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Published in Appeal Democrat on Mar. 26, 2010