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Ahmad Ghani-Banki

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Ahmad Ghani-Banki Obituary
April 16, 1938 - April 13, 2016 Ahmad Ghani-Banki, born April 16, 1938 in Tehran, Iran, passed away April 13, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Bonnie, daughter Shireen and grandson Mitchell, sister-in-laws, Mehli, Carrie and Amy, nephews, Hossein, Hassan, and Kevin, niece Jessica, great nephews Mohammed, Michael, Zachary, and Jacob, and great niece Haley. He is the beloved son of deceased Ezzat Amgholi and Bagher Ghani-Banki, brother of deceased, Mehdi Ghani-Banki, and brother-in-law of deceased Scott Hutchison. Ahmad served in the military in Iran in 1956. In 1961, he moved to the United States where he studied engineering at Mankato State University. He received a BS in Physics and Math, and later a Masters in Industrial Engineering. There, he met Bonnie Hutchison, They married on December 18, 1965, and moved to California where he began teaching Automotive Repair and Engineering at Riverdale High School. In 1967, Ahmad was overjoyed at the birth of his daughter Shireen. In 1969, the family moved to Tehran, Iran, where, after working at the National Iranian Oil Co., Ahmad started his own business, the Tune-Up Shop, which he expanded to four facilities. In 1978, the family returned to California, where he opened Tri-Con Technical Co. and focused on automotive pollution emissions control. He also represented Sun Electric Co. and Snap-On Tools exporting products to the Middle East. Through Ahmad's hard work he put his daughter through college and law school. He was filled with pride when his daughter passed the bar exam in 1992. The birth of his grandson Mitchell in 2000 was one of the happiest days of his life. He loved helping his grandson build and race derby cars and regatta boats,volunteering at scout camp, and assisting with science projects. Ahmad cherished spending time with family and friends and was ready to help in any way he could. Over the years, he loved taking the family dogs for walks in the neighborhood. He loved delicious food, Persian music, and singing in Farsi. He loved Iran and the United States. He loved Ronald Reagan and CNN. He was a wonderful Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Uncle. He had a beautiful smile and a lovely heart. He leaves a legacy of love and laughter for which all that knew him are grateful. Funeral Services and Interment will take place on April 20, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at El Toro Memorial Park, 25751 Trabuco Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630. Reception to follow at the family's home. Memorials preferred to .
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 17, 2016
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