Yan Plong (April 10, 1930 – January 3, 2021)
Yan Plong, a native of Battambang, Cambodia, passed away peacefully on January 3,
2021 at age 90 in the Stratford, Connecticut home that he shared with his nephew, Loum Bun.
Yan was lovingly cared for by Loum and enjoyed regular visits and companionship from his
other nephew, Nick Bun.
Yan was born to the late Oeurn Bun, who predeceased him in 1997, and to the late Er
Plong. As the second eldest child, at a young age, he was tasked to help care for his three
younger siblings when their father had an untimely death leaving their mother to support five
small children. In his late teens, he entered the Buddhist Monastery and served as a monk for
many years, where he was devoted to practicing the Buddhist philosophy. After leaving the
Monastery, he was married for a short period to Deung Plong and fathered a son, Yat Plong
who sadly passed away at six months old. Eventually, he remarried to Heur Plong and became a
beloved father to his stepson, Chhleur Plong.
In 1975, the Khmer Rouge Regime assumed control over Cambodia and Yan was forced
into captivity and separated from his family. During his time spent in the Khmer Rouge camps,
he endured starvation and hardships; but ultimately persevered by escaping to Thailand with a
bullet lodged in his body. He spent additional years of hardship at a Thai Refugee Camp. On
April 17, 1980, under sponsorship by his siblings in the United States, Yan immigrated to
Bridgeport, Connecticut and was reunited with them and his mother.
During his 40 years living an idyllic life in Connecticut, he learned to speak English and
achieved a US citizenship. He was employed at Vitramon for several years and worked at US
Surgical until his retirement. He relocated to Florida and resided with his late sister for 10 years
but returned to Connecticut to live with his nephew, Loum. He loved watching boxing and
wrestling. A kid at heart with a playful personality, he jokingly called various people, “Johnny
Rock” or “Steve King”. Yan had a special talent where he could recite numerous Buddhist
verses during religious ceremonies. He loved spending time with family, adored his siblings and
developed a special bond with Loum’s dog, Alex.
A gentle soul with a kind and generous heart, Yan was beloved by his family and friends.
His sweet smile and hearty laughter will be cherished and greatly missed by many. He is
survived by his younger brother, Lowell Bun, and his sister-in-law, Lit Bun, of Trumbull, and
sister, Ouam Iang and brother-in-law, Muang Iang, of East Haven and is predeceased by his
older brother, Phloeung Bun, and sister, Iss Bun. In addition to his siblings, he also leaves
behind a host of nieces and nephews to relish his memories and was known as “Tha Yan” to
many great-grand nieces and nephews.
The Family wishes to express their gratitude for the kindness and compassion Yan
received during his life. A 100 Day Memorial Se
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