EDDY “DADI” DENG
January 17, 1949 ˜ September 3, 2021
Eddy “Dadi” Deng was born in Tangshan, China Jan. 17, 1949. He passed away Sept. 3, 2021 in Vancouver, WA. He was 72 years old. He had three sisters and one brother.
Eddy moved with the rest of his family to Beijing when he was three and spent most of his childhood there in a big family with Eddy’s grandma and his sisters, brother, and seven cousins. With his talent, Eddy was able to study at the top high school in Beijing: the Beijing Number 4 High School. In 1969, he was forced to relocate to the northern part of Shaanxi province due to China’s Cultural Revolution and spend time working in the fields in a small village. However, in 1973, his village, after seeing his extraordinary work ethic, referred him to study at a university in Xi’an, the capital of the province. After graduating, he began work as a teacher at that university which then gave him an opportunity to further his education in the US.
Around that time, Eddy met Jian in Xi’an in 1981 and they got married in May 1982 but he had to leave for the US shortly after since he was accepted for graduate studies at the University of Missouri Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology.) Their son, Xiaojian, was born March 16, 1983. His wife and son would join him in the US in 1986. There, he attained a PhD in Geological Studies and would almost complete his second PhD in Mechanical Engineering before deciding to drop out to pursue a very lucrative job offer.
At that time, the family moved to Metro Detroit, MI, where he accepted a job as an automotive engineer at Modern Engineering for a few years before spending the bulk of his career at Ford from 1993 to 2006. He also became a US citizen in 1999. He then spent the rest of his career at Chrysler until retiring in 2015 when he and Jian relocated to Vancouver, WA.
Eddy loved to travel and he’s visited over 40 states as well as many different countries including Japan, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, France, and Norway. Eddy was a loving father who also instilled his immigrant values of working hard and pursuing higher education in his son.
Eddy is survived by his wife, Jian; son, Xiaojian; daughter-in-law, Miao; and many of his relatives both in the US and China.
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Published by The Columbian on Sep. 28, 2021.