Yao Chiem Saetern

July 14, 1994 - May 27, 2017
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Yao Chiem Saetern was born in Richmond, CA on July 14, 1994. He passed overlooking the Pacific Ocean horizon on May 27, 2017 (22 years young). He is outlived by father, Sou Yarn Saelor; mother, Nai Vern Saelor; and seven siblings. Number five of the eight siblings, he grew up with a compassionate heart in caring for others. He was a helping hand for every cause and made a great effort to put smiles on our faces even during difficult times.

Yao Chiem was a graduate of De Anza High School, class of 2012. Following the footsteps of his older brother, he enlisted into the United State Marine Corps. He served his country for the common good of our nation with great pride and honor for four years as an Administrative Specialist. He spent two and a half years in Okinawa, Japan and one and a half years in North Carolina. During his time in service, he was recognized for USMC good conduct medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism service medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, letter of appreciation (3), and Expert Rifle Qualification badge (1). From his service, Yao Chiem embodied perseverance and hard work ethic.

In January 2017, Yao Chiem pursued a degree in computer science at San Francisco State University with dreams of becoming a video game programmer. In April 2017, he moved to San Francisco to live closer to school and get out of his parents’ house. While there, it was a complete horror and shock to his family, that he took his own life.

After his death, his family learned that he struggled with his feelings and nightmares; which he withheld from his family and friends. He was broken by his terrors and didn’t know how to make sense of it. He leaves his family scattered clues that will never be enough to solve the mystery or ease the pain of what has happened.

This tragedy has left an aching void in the hearts of his younger brothers who thinks that it’s somehow their faults because they couldn’t comfort or save him.

Unfortunately, there is no will and no life insurance policy left to his family due to the cause of death. The money raised in this fund will be used to help his family pay for funeral expenses and any debt he has incurred. A percentage of the proceeds will also go to Mission 22, a non-profit dedicated to saving veterans’ lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.
He will always be remembered for his courage during difficult times and we know he is at rest (without pain) now.

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sunset View Mortuary

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101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Service Information

Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Time: 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sunset View Mortuary

Address:

101 Colusa Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530

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Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Time: 10:30 am - 10:50 am

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

Address:

5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA,

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 1, 1970

Sacramento Valley National Cemetery

Address:

5810 Midway Road, Dixon, CA,

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Born: July 14, 1994
Died: May 27, 2017

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