Darrian Yao Lao Chao

February 6, 1997 - July 30, 2016
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Darrian Yao Lao Chao was born in Oakland, California on February 6th, 1997. He grew up in Richmond, California with his mother and father. During his childhood he enjoyed spending evenings watching the sun setting in the horizon with his mother at the Berkeley Marina. He also helped manage the family business and always made it his priority to help his father. Darrian had a passion for the piano and taught himself to play many songs.

At Pinole Valley High School, he was a part of the marching band and graduated in 2015. He attended Contra Costa College to pursue a degree in Business. Darrian had an affinity for anime and cosplay. Most importantly, Darrian held his family in high regard and was always accountable and dependable.

Darrian’s beliefs were to live with compassion and empathy. The love for his family outweighs the love for himself. When you meet him, you can tell immediately that his selflessness is what made him the most loveable person you have ever met. Darrian was born with a huge, kind and sincere heart that just kept growing throughout his life. Hence his nickname, Panda Thief, for stealing all of our hearts. He was everyone’s son.

Darrian is survived by his father, Jeffery Chao, his mother, Nalitha Phommavong and his sister, Adina Chao among many family.

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Service Information

Date: Sunday, August 7, 2016

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Time: 10:00 am

Sunset View Mortuary


101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 1, 1970

Rolling Hills Memorial Park


4100 Hilltop Drive, Richmond, CA, 94803

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Born: February 6, 1997
Died: July 30, 2016

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XD posted on 5/9/21

You were the most nicest and sweetest guy. Our time in high school were great. Getting to hang with you and our crew was one of the good moments in life. Panda Thief, you will always be in my memories.


Sue Espinosa posted on 8/8/16

There are no words that can ease the pain of losing a child. I watched him grow up in the many years at the bank, he would come in with his Dad to do the deposit, just a little guy then coming in by his self, always a smile on his face, such a sweet boy. Jeff and family my heart goes out to you. He will always be with you.Remember all that share your friendship also share your loss and he will never be forgotten. My prayers are with you Sue Espinosa