Say Chao Thao (1946 - 2017)

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Turlock Memorial Park & Funeral Home
575 N Soderquist Rd
Turlock, CA

Say Chao Thao
(Xaiv Tsu Thoj)
December 13, 1946 - September 19, 2017
Say Chao Thao (Xaiv Tsu Thoj) was born in Tiaj Lag, Laos to Nchaiv Yee Thoj and Xwm Yaj. He was the 3rd of 7 children including Houa, Mim, Nyiaj Leej, and Ntxoov Piab. His parents passed when he was young, leaving him to care for his siblings. They moved in to live with their uncle. He endured a harsh life as an orphan which would scar forever.
In his early 20's he was recruited into the Secret War. Near the close of the war, he helped numerous families cross safely into Thailand. He himself fled to Thailand as a refugee in 1975 with his wife, Mai Lao Vang, and two children Mai Sua and Sawm.
In October of 1979, they bound a plane for San Diego, California, USA. There he had 4 more sons, Watson, Adam, Kou, and Blong. After being with the San Diego Hmong Alliance Church for 21 years, he moved his family to Modesto, CA.
There his sons all married and settled in Turlock and Delhi.
His celebration of life service will be held at Turlock Memorial and Funeral Home on 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock, CA on September 30 - October 2, 2017 from 9am-9pm.

Published in the Modesto Bee on Sept. 30, 2017
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