Thanh Nguyễn, son of Quý Nguyễn and Quí Thị Hồ, passed away peacefully in his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 16, 2023 at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife TuyếtHồng Thị Bùi, children Tuấn Anh Nguyễn (Lan Bích Hứa), Sơn Anh Nguyễn (AnhĐào Thị Trần), HồngLan Thị Nguyễn (Joseph Tiến Đức Nguyễn), Tiến Anh Nguyễn, Vinh Anh Nguyễn (HoàiNam Thị Trần), HồngAnh Thị Nguyễn, and HồngTrâm Thị Nguyễn Smith (Russell Wade Smith), grandchildren VyVân Nguyễn, Ann Lan Phương Nguyễn, Jenny AnhThy Nguyễn, Alvin Anhuy Nguyễn, and Christopher Khoa Anh Nguyễn, and sister Vựng Thị Nguyễn. As well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tịnh Nguyễn, and half-sister Hòài Thị Nguyễn.
Thanh Nguyễn was born on July 19, 1932 in Đơn Sa, Quảng Bình, Vietnam. After losing his father at an early age and the division of Vietnam in 1954, he was left in Saigon on his own. Through his perseverance, he was able to advance in his education and ultimately graduate from Học Viện Quốc Gia Hành Chánh (the National Academy of Public Administration). When the Vietnam War broke out, he joined the Southern Vietnamese army serving under multiple branches, including U.S. Special Forces, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Following the Fall of Saigon, Thanh was forced into a “re-education” camp, where he was pushed to the brink of death, for over a decade. Yet he still managed to support his family and regain his health against all odds.
In 1993, Thanh brought his family to the United States to establish a fruitful life in Louisiana. Starting from the bottom, he worked tirelessly to support his children through college and beyond. He always remained a fiercely devout Catholic, curious learner, and aspirational person — a spirit that he has instilled in his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed playing mandolin, reading, and socio-political discourse, but nothing could ever compare to his great love for and dedication to God and his family, who miss him dearly and will all forever carry him with us in our hearts.
Visitation will take place Friday, October 20, 2023 at Resthaven Funeral Home, 11817 Jefferson Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70816, from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Octoer 21, 2023, at St. Anthony of Padua & Le Van Phung Catholic Church, 2305 Choctaw Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70805, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Resthaven Gardens of Memory.
In lieu of monetary gifts to the family, please make donations to St. Thomas More Catholic Church and St. Anthony of Padua & Lê Văn Phung Catholic Church in Mr. Thanh Nguyễn’s name.
The family of Mr. Thanh Nguyễn wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the clergy and choir of St. Anthony of Padua & Lê Văn Phung Catholic Church, Father Michael Alello, the Lưu Family, H.O. Program, the Legio Group, and to all friends and families who have expressed their condolences.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.