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Low C. Chan

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on October 5, 2018, He was 87.

Low's life was full of love, joy and experiences until the very end.

Born and raised in San Francisco's Chinatown, he was the son of Chan You and Loo Shee, who immigrated from Canton, China. Low was the youngest of six siblings.

Low attended Jean Parker Elementary, Francisco Junior High and High School of Commerce. He was a youth leader at Donaldina Cameron House, a faith-based social services community center. There he met Jeanette, who also was a leader.

Low attended UC Berkeley to study public health. In 1953 he joined the Army and trained at Fort Ord as one of six Asian Americans in "Able" Company of the 63rd Infantry Regiment. At Camp Gordon in Georgia, he was a corporal in the Medical Detachment.

He married Jeanette in 1958 at the Chinatown Presbyterian Church and never looked back. They raised a daughter who followed in her parents' footsteps by directing youth programs at Cameron House. They also had a son who became a journalist.

Low was a health inspector at the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. There was initial concern over a "Chinese guy telling whites what to do" in Marin. He retired 38 years later.

Low leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Jeanette; his daughter Laurene (and husband Corey) and their sons Ian and Tully; and his son Marcus (and wife Janet) and their children Whitney and Griffin.

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, 925 Stockton St. on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at 3 p.m. Please RSVP with the name of each guest who plans to attend the Celebration of Life meal immediately following the service, by sending an email to:
[email protected] by Monday, Oct. 15.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations can be made to Donaldina Cameron House, 920 Sacramento St., SF, CA, 94108, which helped raise three generations of the Chan family.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 14, 2018
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