Celebrating the life of

Dan Tan Nguyen

April 09, 1948 - August 30, 2022

Dan Tan Nguyen

Dan Tan Nguyen, 74, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at his home with his wife by his side.  He was born April 9, 1948 in Saigon, Vietnam to the late Dan and Xuyen Do Nguyen.  Mr. Nguyen and his family were the first Vietnamese to move to Savannah in 1975.  He served in the Vietnamese Air Force, with flight training at Hunter Army Airfield.  Mr. Nguyen retired from Gulfstream Aerospace after 30 years of service, and was an active member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.  He was the President and Founder of Vietnamese Nationalists of Savannah.

Surviving Mr. Nguyen are his wife, Moon Nguyen, daughter and son-in-law, Theresa Nguyen-Witt and Commander Norm Witt, (retired U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard), son and daughter-in-law, Mark Anthony Nguyen and Cristin Nguyen.  Also surviving are his four grandchildren, McKayla Witt, Jamison Witt, Kinsley Witt, Miley Nguyen, and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday at Fox & Weeks, Islands Chapel.  A Vietnamese flag service will be held during the Friday visitation. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2022 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

A private interment will be held at a later date.

Remembrances may be made to St. Peter the Apostle, Organ Fund, 7020 Concord Road, Savannah, GA 31410.  



There are no words to describe the honor and joy just have known such a sweet, loving soul. Moon, my heart hurts for you and your family. Please know how very much I love and respect you and your family and I’m here if you need anything. Thank you Mr. Dan for always putting a huge smile on my face.

- JulieAnn Therrell , Savannah , Ga

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- JulieAnn Therrell, Savannah, GA

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Good memories of Dan's telling of his service, his adventures, and of his love of his family. We will miss his presence, that is for sure. Sending prayers for comfort and peace. With love to Dan's family and friends.

- Connie and Randy Rudd, Savannah , Georgia

Prayers for the Nguyen family. I am thankful to have known Dan for as long as I did. It was a pleasure knowing such a legend for so many years of my life. Much love from all of my family.

- Jake and Trina Dunn, Savannah , Ga

We just planned to meet together in Savannah next year.I love and respect you very much , anh Dan. You lived very simple life, I learn from you.

- Dung Nguyen, Sanjose , Ca

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Nguyen family. I can still picture Mr. Nguyen sitting at the kitchen table when coming over to Mark’s house as a kid. I know he will be greatly missed.

- Jeff Burford, Savannah, Georgia

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I miss you. I remember the time in 1984 when we started up the Savannah Vietnamese Nationalist Association and worked with you several years later. Rest in peace with the Lord in heaven.

- Truc T Phan, SAVANNAH, GA

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We will miss you Chú Dân.

- Tam Dang, Savannah, Ga

GĐ em Hưng (VN) vô cùng thương tiếc anh, xin chia buồn cùng Chị và các cháu

- Em Hưng (VN), Đồng Nai , Căn cứ , Xuân Hưng , Xuân Lộc

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Anh Dan. Our sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers for you, chi Dan, and your family. Vô Cùng Thương Tiếc anh Dân.

- Huynh Ba Hung & Hoa, Springfield , Virginia

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Sharing our deepest condolences to the Nguyen family from the Young Family.

- Young Family, Buford, GA

I worked with Dan at the railroad in Savannah Ga while he was there. Enjoyed working with him and quickly became friends. I can still remember some stories he told me about his life and had a great admiration for him ! R I P MY FRIEND!

- Perry Lynes , Ellijay , Ga

Mr Dan was one of the finest men I knew. He always had a smile on his face and could figure out how to diffuse any tense situation. I'll certainly miss him

- Rich Johnson, Savannah, ga

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Chia buồn cùng gia đình, cầu nguyện linh hồn ông Dân sớm về cõi vĩnh hằng

- Thu Luu , Pooler, Ga

" so very sorry to hear of Mr. Dan passing. We worked together at Gulfstream so many years. He was always there with a smile and a kind words. Gone away toon soon, Rest in peace my friend.

- GERALD SCOTT, savannah, GA

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Bac Dan was the family I knew from the moment I was born. Besides my father, he was a hero to me for many reasons. He contributed to the fabric that made me who I am today. I am grateful for all that he had done and to have my entire childhood with him. We may not have been immediate family but it is what you make of it and who you share your life stages with. It was the memory of both our families sharing new experiences together and the drama and the vacations… Rest in Peace, Bac. I know you are in heaven.

- Lauren Thuy-Vy Phan, Danville, Ca

Mark, Cristen, Miley and the entire Nguyen family you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so saddened to hear of the loss of your father. He will always live in your hearts!

- Tamara and Reggie Smalls, Savannah, GA

We’re so saddened at the passing of our friend, Dan Nguyen. His life experiences were awe inspiring to us. It was a privilege to have had him in our lives. We’ll always remember him and have a special place in our hearts for the Wynn family. May God give strength and comfort to Moon, family and friends. Love Charles, Gale and Skyler

- Coolidge Family, Savannah , Ga

My deepest condolences to your family- for this heartbreaking loss. Our families have known each other for such a long time. We’ve grown together through the years- celebrating the joys of life along with the painful moments. This moment right now- is no exception. Possibly one of the most painful… But, our loss is heaven’s gain. Dan was the man! Always there to lend a helping hand or offer advice. He served his family, community and God. It’s rare that one person encompasses all the good qualities that should be found in every human being. But Dan was this and so much more. His dedication to his family raises the bar as an example for others. He came to America and built up a future of opportunities for his family. Leaving behind a legacy of love, watching over his children and grandchildren as they achieve success. He leaves behind a definition for what “love for family” and “hard work to succeed” - really means… We will miss you, Bac Dan. I bet you and my dad are catching up right now-over a glass of cognac or Courvoisier… lol Here’s a toast to YOU! Keep smiling!

- Huong Barbara Nguyen, Tampa, Florida

I didn’t know Dan Nguyen at all. I am only a part-time residence of Savannah, who attends liturgy at SPA when I’m here. But first off I noticed the beautiful flowers from Mr. Nguyen’s funeral mass. Then Fr. Kavanaugh used him and the Anderson’s (family sponsor in 1975) in his homily. Father spoke very highly of the good they did and lives possible due to both Dan and his family, and the Anderson family. What a beautiful example for each of us. I am so sorry for your loss and know Dan’s good works will continue playing forward, even in his death. Deanna Hipwell Savannah,GA /Louisville, KY

- Deanna Hipwell, Savannah, GA

Please accept our deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers on the passing of Dan. May his soul rest in Peace

- Chris Desa, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel

  • A private burial will be held