Frank T. TrinhMarch 10, 1935 ~ November 27, 2016 (age 81)
Ong Trinh Van Toan (Frank), 81, of Portland, Oregon, passed away, Sunday, November 27, 2016 surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services is scheduled for 10:00AM on Friday, December 2nd at Sunnyside Little Chapel of the Chimes; 11667 SE Stevens Rd, Happy Valley, Oregon 97086. Internment is scheduled at 9:30AM on Saturday, December 3rd at Gethsemani Cemetery; 11666 SE Stevens Rd. Happy Valley, Oregon 97086.
One of four siblings, Ong Trinh Van Toan was born on March 10, 1935 in Bach Thuan, Thai Binh, Vietnam to Ong Trinh Van Huong and Ba Tran Thi Tuyet. As early as age 12, Ong Toan saw the devastating depression spreading across North Vietnam leading him to flee to Saigon, South Vietnam in 1954. For five years, Ong Toan went to school, and became an avid member of the Boys Scouts of Vietnam. He received his Bachelor degree in 1959, worked as a tutor, and soon after enrolled into the military eventually becoming a distinguished member in the South Vietnamese paratrooper infantry fighting alongside the United States. Fearing for his children during the fall of Saigon, Ong Toan with his older children fled Vietnam as a refugees on a boat. He managed to escape pirates, typhoons, and starvation and sought safety and a new life in refugee camps in Hong Kong. The camp was a waystation to acquiring political asylum in the United States. In 1975 he settled in San Francisco, but ultimately moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1977 to be close to his older brother, Trinh Van Hanh in Portland, Oregon (the only other sibling residing in the United States). Ong Toan worked many jobs supporting his family, but finally chose to pursue a career as an aviation technician for the Boeing Company. Ong Toan retired from Boeing in 1999 to enjoy multiple passions including traveling, cooking, publishing poetries of life experiences, being active in the Vietnamese Boys Scouts of America, and spending time with his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was a loving and giving father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend to all.
Ong Trinh Van Toan is survived by his wife Nguyen Thi-Phat Kim of 14 years, his 6 sons Dung Trinh, Michael Trinh, and Andrew Trinh of Portland, Thomas Trinh of West Linn, John Trinh of Beaverton, and David Trinh of San Francisco; 2 daughters Julie Trinh of Oregon City, and Catherine Trinh-Kim of Honolulu, HI; sister Trinh Thi Kim Lien of Thai Binh, Vietnam; 10 grandchildren a. Phuong, Hoa, Hung, Phuong, Alex, Minh, Anthony, Thanh-Nha, Christian, Chloe; and 11 great grandchildren Nam, Hai, Duy, Katie, Amy, CJ, Hannah, Hayden, Lilly, Katelyn, Ethan; 3 step children Nguyen Thi Kim Thu and Nguyen Ngoc Tu of Saigon, Vietnam and Nguyen Ngoc Toan of Beaverton; and 6 step grandchildren Phu, Ngan, Minh, Thang, Thuan, and Diep. He was preceded in death by his parents Trinh Van Huong and Tran Thi Tuyet, his brother Trinh Van Hanh, and his sister Trinh Thi Can.
Memorial donations will be given to Phat Quang Buddhist Temple. The Trinh family wishes and thanks everyone for your condolences.