This post is dedicated to Christian Wong (no relation) who went home to be with our God at the age of 58 (I think) on Saturday.  He was one of the my dad’s longtime friends growing up in Hawai’i.  More importantly, he may have been the person who first exposed my dad to the Christian faith.  His father was a deacon in the church which I think was called Calvary Assembly of God.  He moved to Chatsworth a few decades ago and later to Cupertino.  He is survived by his wife, Darcy, and his five children, Corina, Kevin (Las Vegas PD officer), Miriam, Keith, Karianne (sp?), and Kyle.  Corina was his only naturally born child and Kevin, Miriam, Keith, Karianne, and Kyle were all children Uncle Chris and Auntie Darcy adopted! 


The last time I saw Uncle Chris was on Sunday, June 20th when I was up north for my sister’s graduation from UC Davis.  He was in pretty good spirits back then.  He later was re-diagnosed with cancer (of the throat I think or something like that, my dad said it’s common among Asian people?) a few months later and was told by the doctors he wouldn’t live much beyond Thanksgiving.  My parents visited him and his wife sometime in September or October if I remember correctly.  My last interaction with him was about a week and a half ago on AIM and he said that he was getting to the end.  My mom said he had been in quite a bit of pain and required morphine to help him through.  I admired his spirit throughout the whole trial he had been presented with and how his faith was unwavering.  I remember asking him if what he was enduring had drawn the rest of his family closer to our God.  His response was that it definitely had.  Praise God!  I am glad he is no longer suffering, but is with our Heavenly Father.  I definitely am looking forward to when I will see him again!


He loved his family
He was a faithful friend
He lived to tell of God’s own Son/Jesus’ love
When all is said and done


Some memories I have “of” Uncle Chris:
1) Learning to ride a bicycle outside of my house…I think it was too big for me…I crashed into a stop sign on the corner of the sidewalk of his home in Chatsworth…it’s a good thing the stop sign didn’t win…otherwise, I might’ve been 0wn3d, or Pwn3d as some of you would say
2) He put our family’s first PC together.  It was an 80286 running at a mean 20 MHz with the turbo setting enabled.  That was my introduction into the wonderful world of MS-DOS 5.0 and computers.  “cd”


On a different note, my mom turned ______ years old yesterday!  She’s a such a great mom!  I love her so much!  I am especially thankful that she’s (and my dad) aren’t the typical “Asian parents” that so many of my peers and friends today still grow up with.  Seriously though, I am extremely thankful that she has grown in our God tremendously the last few years and has become more involved as a member of His body serving the kids at our church as a Sunday School teacher and becoming a member of a small group(s).  She also is probably the best person to make my dad and me (sometimes) get our “rears in gear” so to speak!  I thank and praise God for my mom!  Like Uncle Chris, I hope the same can be said of my mom by others when all is said and done with her earthly life.



If you were to ask me what I would want on my tombstone, this song would sum it up best:


When All Is Said and Done
Words and music by Geoff Moore and Jeff Silvey (I think)
Performed by Geoff Moore & The Distance from the album Ev-O-Lu-Tion (©1993 ForeFront Records)


When the music fades into the past
When my days of life are through
What will be remembered of where I’ve come
When all is said and done


Will they say I loved my family
That I was a faithful friend
That I lived to tell of God’s own Son
When all is said and done


Of how I long to see the hour
When I would hear that trumpet sound
And rise to see my Savior’s face
See Him smile and say
“Well done.”


You can forget my name
and the songs I’ve sung
Every rhyme and every tune
But remember the truth of Jesus’ love
When all is said and done
When all is said and done


And on that note, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Geoff Moore!  He turned forty-three (43) years young today!!!  If you would like to wish him a happy birthday as well, please send him an e-mail at geoff@geoffmoore.com.  I don’t know when or if he’ll actually get it, but I’m going to send him one right now!  God has used him definitely to make a life-changing and life-long impact on my life!  If God has worked through Geoff’s music in your life as well, it’d be nice to let Geoff know that as well so he can continue fighting the good fight, running the good race, and keeping the faith!



Geoff and me on my birthday, June 26, 2000 at Youth For Christ’s DC/LA 2000



Geoff and me at Bayside Church in Rocklin/Granite Bay, CA on May 26, 2002


“It’s time to get out there and PLAY BALL!  Go get ’em!  God bless you guys (and gals)!”
-Geoff Moore in closing Geoff Moore & The Distance’s live concert in Rome, GA (1995 or 1996) at the end of the band’s live CD, disc 2 of GMD’s Greatest Hits album.

About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

5 responses to “”

  1. erwinedillon says :

    yea, i know you told me about the song last month, but i had no idea about the music video.  cool that you got some photos with Geoff, and thanks again for the info about the 3rd graders.

  2. TenThousandPoetWarriors says :

    that’s a great eulogy (sp?)

  3. deadkau says :

    one day we’ll get to trace our spiritual lineage and rejoice in all the miraculous ways He brought us to freedom in His Son.

  4. Anonymous says :

    hmmm… i do believe uncle wally doesn’t like going out in the rain too… and i’m pretty sure cousin doesn’t like rain all that much either… it runs in the family.. HAHA

  5. heavz says :

    hey loren… its good to rejoice for those in out memories.. and to never forget what they did for us in our life.. Praise God!! anyways.. loren did i mention u look kinda chubby in those pictures? u can hurt me later

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