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Low Chan Obituary

Low Chew Chan
Low Chew Chan

July 19, 1931 - October 5, 2018
Born in San Francisco CA
Resided in San Francisco, California


Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on October 5, 2018. He was 87.

Although he battled a range of health issues, Low lived a life full of love, joy and experiences up until the very end.

Born and raised in San Francisco’s Chinatown, he was the son of Chan You and Loo Shee, who immigrated from Canton, China. Chan You was a jeweler and Loo Shee was a housewife. Low was the youngest of six siblings.

As a child, he attended Jean Parker Elementary and later Francisco Junior High. He then went to High School of Commerce. When he wasn’t in school, he spent much of his time at Donaldina Cameron House, a faith-based social services community center that encourages putting Christian faith into action by serving those in need. At Cameron House, he would meet his future wife Jeanette. They were both youth leaders there.

After high school, Low attended UC Berkeley, where he studied public health. He graduated from Cal and then joined the Army during the armistice negotiations of the Korean War. He received basic training at Fort Ord and was one of six Asian Americans in “Able” Company of the 63rd Infantry Regiment, which had about 270 soldiers. He was later stationed in Camp Gordon in Georgia where he was a corporal and served in the Medical Detachment.

After the military, he married Jeanette in 1958 at the Chinatown Presbyterian Church and never looked back. Together, they would raise a daughter who followed in her father’s footsteps by directing youth programs at Cameron House. They also had a son who became a journalist, a profession Low had once considered.

Low worked at the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services-Environmental Health Services as a health inspector. As he described it, there was some initial concern over him being this “Chinese guy telling whites what to do” in homogeneous Marin. It apparently worked out since he worked there for 38 years until retiring.

Low leaves behind Jeanette, his wife of 60 years; his daughter Laurene (and husband Corey) and their sons Ian and Tully; and his son Marcus (and wife Janet) and their children Whitney and Griffin.

A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, 925 Stockton Street on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 3 p.m. Please RSVP with the name of each guest who plans to attend the service by sending an email to lowchanmemorial@gmail.com by Monday, October 15th.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to Donaldina Cameron House, 920 Sacramento Street, SF, CA, 94108, which has played a positive role in the upbringing of three generations of the Chan family.



Memorial Service
Presbyterian Church-Chinatown
925 Stockton Street
San Francisco, California 94108
Sunday, October 21, 2018
3:00 PM

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