Feisal Ali Sayeed was tragically taken from us much too soon on November 20, 2010. Our love for Feisal is limitless, and so, too, is our sorrow.
Feisal spent most of his 47 years living, loving, and thriving in Iowa. He made a countless number of friends along the way, attending Clive Elementary, St. Pius X Catholic School, Valley High School, The University of Iowa, and Drake University.
Feisal loved any and all competitive sports, and he was a natural at all that he tried. He was a state champion swimmer and a welcome partner on the golf course where he would always net a few holes for the team. He was also a fierce opponent on the handball court where he was not afraid to use his body to his advantage. He loved life and he loved people. For those of us fortunate enough to have known Feisal, he simply had a way about him. His magnetic smile was felt the instant he entered a room. The community sought his charisma to help support the Boys and Girls Club, the Science Center of Iowa, and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines.
Feisal was a leader in the commercial real estate industry, working to revitalize downtown Des Moines. He also helped to consolidate commercial real estate in Des Moines. Feisal was a consummate mentor for those who entered the business. He was awarded membership in the inaugural class of Des Moines Business Record "Forty Under 40." He was a 2001 graduate of Leadership Iowa and a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club.
Feisal recently began to share his favorite daily fun facts to friends and family on Facebook. Here is one fact about him to remember: He loved okra and radishes and hated mushrooms. His larger than life personality cannot be replaced and will forever be missed, most especially by his surviving family: his wife of 21 years, Priscilla; his children, Hana, Kalen, and Ella; his parents, Sayeed and Karuna Hussain; his brothers Shoab and Sadath Sayeed; and a loving extended family.
A Celebration of Life will be held at The Temple for Performing Arts on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Boys and Girls Club of Central Iowa, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, and the Science Center of Iowa would be appreciated.
Published in Des Moines Register on Nov. 23, 2010