Hoang Kim Tran

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October 11, 1943 ~ December 30, 2021

Born in: Binh Duong Vietnam
Resided in: Lilburn, Georgia

Hoang Kim Tran, 78 years old, of Lilburn, Georgia, departed life on December 30, 2021. Mr. Tran was a native of South Vietnam, where he was a distinguished attorney. Following the fall of South Vietnam, he immigrated to France in 1980 with his first wife and daughter. He became an attorney worked at the Justice Department in Paris. In 1985, he resettled with his family in Minnesota. Mr. Tran re-attained his attorney credential in the United States by obtaining his Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Minnesota and, along with his first wife (who was also a distinguished attorney from Vietnam), started their private law practice, and was later joined by their daughter. For almost three decades, he and his family, through their firm, helped unite thousands of families.

In addition to his successful private law practice, Mr. Tran founded the Southeast Asian Refugee Committee Home (SEARCH), a non-profit organization that helped countless refugees resettle and assimilate in Minnesota. SEARCH had and continues to have an enormous impact on the lives of the refugees who settled in Minnesota. His contribution to the refugee community was recognized and celebrated in “Heroes among Us”, a book written by Peter Heegaard.

Mr. Tran lived a meaningful and fulfilling life. In addition to his law practice and social works, he enjoyed travelling and was able to do so with his beloved wife, daughter, grandchildren and son-in-law on many adventures to many countries. He is survived by his wife (Huynh Tran), daughter (Quynh Nga Tran), (3) son-in-law (Douglas Nguyen), (4) grandsons (Luc and Jacob Nguyen), brothers (Hue Kim Tran and Vang Kim Tran), sisters (Hoa Ngoc Tran, An Thi Tran, Huynh Thi Tran, and Muoi Thi Nguyen), and many nieces and nephews in the United States, France, and Vietnam.

Mr. Tran left behind a legacy of love, contribution, and generosity for his family and community. He believed that “[i]n the end, regardless of our status, we cannot take anything with us, so what matter is what we have left behind” – an excerpt from Hoang Kim Tran in “Heroes among Us”.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 1, 2022 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, and the service will be held on Sunday, January 2, 2022 from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM at Wages & Son Funeral Homes in Lawrenceville, Georgia.


Visitation: January 1, 2022 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Funeral Service: January 2, 2022 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. CandleImageMr. Tran has left a remarkable impression on my family but especially me. I have worked with Mr. Tran for over 16 1/2 years at Nguyen Tran Law Office, LLC until his retirement. He was always a hard working and generous person. His family meant everything to him. I am happy to know them and I will always remember him and everything he has done for me and my family.

  2. CandleImageQuynh Nga & family, we-Van & her children
    – are thinking of you & your loved ones during this difficult time. We had fond memories of Bac Hoang and his essence of being. What a great man & a life well-lived! In each of our heart, he lives eternally.

  3. CandleImageI’m deeply saddened by the passing of Bác Hoàng. He was a great man, accomplished many great things in life and is loved and respected by many people. My thoughts and prayers to Quỳnh Nga, Bác Gái and family.

  4. CandleImageI am so sorry to learn of Hoang’s passing. He honored me with his friendship, referring to me as his younger brother, one who often needed his guidance. We worked on many law cases together over many years in the Twin Cities. We often complimented each other on our beautiful young brides. I enjoyed practicing law with Mr. Tran and will miss even more Hoang’s friendship. Rest in peace, my friend, my brother.

  5. CandleImageMy apologies for the late posting. I did not learn of Mr. Tran’s passing until months afterward. I think many thought I knew because I had been in regular contact with Mr. Tran throughout 2018 when we discussed my office taking over his law practice.

    I just assumed that when the transition was complete, he was relaxing with his grandchildren somewhere. His passing came as a complete shock to me.

    It is not an exaggeration when I say that Mr. Tran changed my life, forever. If it had not been for Mr. Tran, I would not have been exposed to Immigration Law, which is my area of practice to this day, some 24 years after working with Mr. Tran at Nguyen Tran Law Office.

    Farewell my boss, my mentor, and my friend.

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