Thai Pham, 60, of Tecumseh, passed away Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Oklahoma City.

Thai Pham, 60, of Tecumseh, passed away Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Oklahoma City.

He was born Nov. 20, 1957, to Nhan Luu and Kham Pham in Gia Lai, Congtun, Vietnam.

Thai was raised in Southern Vietnam. In 1981 at the age of 23 he left Vinh Long, Vietnam, on a boat by himself with other refugees for the United States. He traveled through Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, also living in camps until arriving in California in November 1981. After arriving in California, he was relocated two days later to Lawton, Oklahoma, where he was supported by a local priest. He later settled in Shawnee before moving to Tecumseh where he since lived.

Thai married LaDonna Arms on June 28, 1986, in Tecumseh.

He worked at Central Plastics in the coating department from 1983 to 1998.

Thai attended the First Assembly of God in Tecumseh. He enjoyed fishing, tinkering, garage sales, playing cards, making people laugh and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren; they were the focal point of his life.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and In-laws, Donald and Doris Arms.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, LaDonna Pham of the home; one daughter, Cheri Pham and fiancée, David Danner of Tecumseh; two sons, Jun Pham and fiancée, Casey Baxter of Durant, and Thomas Pham and fiancée, Lauren Wetselline of Hominy; five grandchildren, Thomas Pham, Aiden Pham, Bryzen Danner, Lynzie Danner and Kyler Danner; four sisters, Long Thi Pham, Houng Thi Pham, Hoa Thi Pham and Hong Thi Pham; two brothers, Hoang Van Pham and Tuan Van Pham; and other loving friends and extended family.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 26, at First Assembly of God in Tecumseh with Pastor Don Jonker officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home of Tecumseh.

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