Ban Hoc Ly of Irvine, CA, passed away at 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at his home in Irvine due to natural causes. He was born on September 7, 1921 in Kpor Province, Cambodia to Suong Ly and Tuan Tan. Ban Hoc Ly married Suot Tan in 1943 and fathered a son and three daughters and then in 1956 married Hoy Ky and fathered another son and six more daughters.
Grateful for having shared his life are his 2 surviving siblings, Hann Hoc Ly (brother in New York, NY) and Lane Suy Ly (sister in Lowell, MA); 10 surviving children, Hun Chhiv Ly, Ly Chhiv Ly, Chhiv By Ho, Cin “Cindy” Lee, Sang Behrends, Tim Lee, Hong Asahino, Kong “Karla” Rhodes, Ho “Hollie” Rutter and Kim Vergel de Dios; 11 grandchildren, Nar Nang, Nat Nang, Mey Yong Lee, Karen Year Nguyen, John Year, Marissa Mei Lee Vergel de Dios, Malia Mei Ju Asahino, Collin Khun Sien Rutter, Danika Mei Ling Vergel de Dios, Christopher Beng Lee and Sarah Mei Lee; 4 great grandchildren, Jocelyn Olivia Nang, Sophia Lauren Nang, Noah John Jequinto Year and Lauren Kenzie Lee; and 8 nieces and nephews.
Ban was preceded in death by his first wife Suot Tan in 1955 and his second wife, Hoy Ky in 1974. Also preceding him in death were his parents, Suong Ly and Tuan Tan; a brother, Saing Thien Ly; and a son, Tieng Bun Ly.
At the age of 18 years, out of respect for his parents, Ban became a Monk for a period of 9 months. His initial training was at his local Buddhist temple in Kpor, Cambodia; he later traveled to Thailand where he continued his study and training.
Ban and his family were victims of the Pol Pot Communist regime in Cambodia. The family escaped this brutal government in 1979 and spent several years living in refugee camps in Thailand and the Philippines before immigrating to the United States in 1982. Ban became a U.S. Citizen in 2000. He enjoyed spending time with family, taking daily walks, building things for his grandchildren and gardening.
His celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at O’Conner Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. The Orange County Cambodian Buddhist Temple will officiate. Graveside service will be held, immediately following this service, at El Toro Memorial Park, 25751 Trabuco Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630.
Following the graveside service, the family will be hosting a dinner reception from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Royal Capital Seafood Restaurant, 10911 Westminster Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843; phone (714) 638-8331.