Jean Baptiste Can Ngoc Phan

Nov 6, 1931 - Feb 27, 2022


November 6, 1931 – February 27, 2022

On February 27, 2022, Jean Baptiste Can Ngoc Phan passed away peacefully at the age of 90 to join his late wife in heaven. He was surrounded by his loving children, nephews and nieces at the time of his death in Elk Grove, California.
Born November 6, 1931 in Quang Nam-Da Nang, Vietnam, he was the 11th of 12 children of Mr. and Mrs. Tham Phan. The extended Phan Family is well-known for having many scholars and nationalists. He is survived by his 2 children, Daughter Catherine Trang Phan, Son Phillip Trung The Phan and Grandson Vincent Minh Quan Thach. He is also survived by his sister in-law Ly Truong in Sacramento, many nephews and nieces, their children, and grandchildren around the world.
Can was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great uncle, great great uncle and friend. As a man of discipline, he was known as a hardworking and intelligent person with so many other great qualities. He was noble and outgoing. He was well liked by peers, friends, his extended family and in-law family.
Throughout his life, he overcame all obstacles to get ahead and achieve higher education. He graduated from the prestigious La San Taberd, a French-speaking Catholic High School in Saigon, and converted to Catholicism. He was one of the first graduates of the National Institute of Administration of the Republic of Vietnam. He also achieved a law degree from University of Saigon’s Faculty of Law. He served many years in the top managing position with the Department of Education for the South Vietnamese government. Although he got military training, he only served as a reserve member with the military of the Republic of Vietnam in the rank of Captain.
Can loved literature. He was a great public speaker and writer in both Vietnamese and French.
Services for Can will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at the East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park & Mortuary as follows:
Saturday, March 26, 2022
East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park & Mortuary
9189 East Stockton Blvd, Elk Grove, CA 95624
• Visitation: 8:00 – 9:00 AM (Live webcast available by clicking on the Livestream link on this Obituary page)
• Prayer and Mourning Ceremony: 9:00 – 10:00 AM (Live webcast available by clicking on the Livestream link on this Obituary page)
• Funeral Service: 10:00 – 11:00 AM


  • Trang Phan says:

    Dad, Thank you for always loving me and guiding me. Now, You and Mom have met again in Heaven. I just want to let you know I love you and miss you everyday. You will always be in my heart because in there you’re still alive.
    Rest In Peace Dad! ❤️

    Your dearest daughter,
    Catherine Trang Phan

  • Vincent Minh-Quan Thach says:

    May you Rest In Peace Grandpa. Thank you very much for inspiring to be the man I am today.

  • Phillip Trung Phan says:

    You will be missed, dad! I will treasure moments you and I smiled and laughed together and our memories of watching sports or entertainment forever. You may have left this world but you’ll always be here with us.

    Your loving son,
    Phillip Trung Phan

  • Oanh Nguyen-Ta says:

    Anh Chi Can/Minh,
    By now, you are together in Heaven: you can listen to your wife, Chi Can playing the piano. Until her pass, 8 months ago, you always called her “Minh”, her Vietnamese first name as an evidence of your love to her.

    You are also the pride of our Quoc Gia Hanh Chanh (Vietnamese National Institute of Public Administration =VNIA, a copy of the French famous The Grand École nationale d’administration, generally referred to as ENA, English: National School of Administration, a French grande école, created in 1945 by President Charles de Gaulle The ENA selected and undertook initial training of senior French officials).

    Your devotion and faithfullness to serve the Republic of Vietnam set good example for the younger generation. You are also missed as the author who draftes the Ap Chien Luoc (Strategic Villages) which warranted the well-being of the Vietnamese villagers against the abuses of the Communist Vietnameses.

    Your wisdom and knowleges are very appreciated by family, friends and the community:
    You emphasized the human side, good treatment from the Republic of Vietnam in Chinh Sach Chieu Hoi, an initiative program by the Republic of Vietnam to encourage defection by the Viet Cong and their supporters to the side of the government during the Vietnam War. 101,511 Viet Cong defected under the program.

    You clarified our mind when giving us the true-anti-Vietnam-War-Thich Nhat Hanh, not the one which Thich Nhat Hanh wanted the public to have in order to workship him.

    You were very generous to the Church, family, friends, community and the Quoc Gia Hanh Chanh Alumni Association.

    Be with your “Minh”, your wife and enjoy her music in Heaven with her. From above, look after your children, grand son and warrant that the Chinh Sach Chieu Hoi will be effective again and soon for independence and freedom for Vietnam.

    Oanh Nguyen-Ta
    Your Quoc Gia Hanh Chanh friend.

  • Hao Phan says:

    Ong Can,

    I miss you so much. I hope you rest well in heaven and unite with Ba Minh.

    I love you,


  • Diep says:

    I’ll never forget you Ong Can. Your warm smile will always be missed. May you Rest In Peace and unite with your beautiful wife.


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