Son Dao

Son Bach Dao

October 5, 1956 - July 2, 2020
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, July 11, 2020 9:00am - 11:00am
    Winford Funerals Southwest
    8514 Tybor Drive
    HOUSTON, TX 77074
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    Son (Sony) Bach Dao, 63, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at his home in Houston, Texas. He was born on October 5, 1956, in Saigon, Vietnam, to his father Duong Van Dao and mother Oanh Thi Nguyen. His parents were schoolteachers in Saigon. He came to Houston in 1975, where he was joined by his siblings. He attended the University of Houston, where he was President of the Vietnamese Student Association, and from which he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in electrical engineering in 1979. He then joined the LyondellBasell Houston Refinery, where he was well-liked and enjoyed a successful career as an instrumentation engineer for over forty years. He married his wife Binh Thi Nguyen (Robin) in 1992, and they had two children together. He was always a beacon of strength for his wife and a caring role model for his children. He was an avid backyard gardener, enjoyed travelling abroad, and playing with his guitar. Mr. Dao is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Binh, and his two sons, Andy and Steven.
  • Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 11, 2020 10:00am
    Winford Funerals Southwest
    8514 Tybor Drive
    HOUSTON, TX 77074
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Winford Southwest Crematory
    8514 Tybor Dr.
    HOUSTON, TX 77074
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Chris Goodrum

Posted at 07:25pm
I worked with Sony for over 12 years. He was an incredibly gifted engineer and hard worker. I can't tell you how many projects meetings I would sit in where we would discuss it seemed like a hundred things we needed to do, and never saw Sony write a single thing down, and yet he would never miss a thing. Meanwhile I'd have a page full of notes. He was just always willing to help out in any way, and was very patient with me and my thousand questions. He worked right up until the end, because that's the type of guy he was. I'll miss him and I hope his family knows he was cherished at work.

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kim sullivan

Posted at 11:22am
Sony and I have work in adjacent offices for the last 17 years. He is a dear friend. We would always turn to each other for help and advice. He was a book of knowledge. He loved to tell me about his boys. He was so proud of you. I am so sorry for your lose. He will be greatly missed. Kim Sullivan

Giang Dao

Posted at 12:03pm
I recalled in the mid 80s, Sony and I were living together down in Missouri City, I think it was on a Saturday night, almost midnight, he got a call that there was an alarm on one of the refinery unit.
If the situation can not be handled within an hour, started evacuation because that refinery unit was going to blow. Back then, the only main road to the plant was to take HillCroft (which is Fort bend Parkway now) up to Main (US-90) and then South loop east to Pasadena. It takes about 40-50 mins to get to the Plant and Sony decided to come in and was able to shut down that refinery unit.
I never heard him bragging or mentioning that incident again. That's how dedicated and humble Sony is.

Giang (aka Jon)

Giang Dao

Posted at 10:14am
I am the next younger sibling of Sony. We are probably closest among brothers, probably since both of us have Electrical Engineering degree. We talked on same frequency spectrum, same baud rate. If you recall, Sony came abroad to the States in 1975, the year of Vietnam war ended in April. Sony was accepted to the university of Houston early in the year. But because of the turmoils by the war, all paper works from government to get a student visa weren't done. Our parents went to a fortune teller and she told that there was celestial fences above and nets below, he could not go anywhere. But by some miracle, his papers went through and he took a flight to the States 2 weeks before the fall of Saigon in April.
My parents went back to the fortune teller and she told she missed a small detail. His birth sign was a Monkey , but not any ordinary monkey, it's Monkey King. With his golden staff, he could break through any hindrances on his path.
I'm sure Sony has "broken through" many challenges in his lives and during his career.

Came to the States in April 1975 and 2 weeks later lost communication with family for a year or 2 due to the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese Communist. He was elected President of the Vietnamese Student Association at University of Houston since all Vietnamese students lost contacts to their family. They were like family to each other and seek comfort among them during that period. He finished his Electrical Engineering degree with a perfect 4.0 GPA. All professor recognized my face immediately when I entered UofH a few years later, such a high bar Sony has set.
He is always nice, humble, try to resolve conflicts among siblings. We sure will miss him.

Giang (aka Jon)

Jim Daniel

Posted at 02:43pm
I worked as a summer engineer at the refinery in 1977 and hired in as a regular employee in December 1978. I spent most of my 40 years with the company at the refinery and knew Sony well. He was someone that could be depended on and someone that helped solve problems whether simple or complicated. Here’s one story about Sony.
In 1983 we convinced the refinery to buy a PC for 10,000$, it was the first ever bought by the refinery or by ARCO. We wanted to use the PC to do a series of calculations on the flow of purchased and sold gases and liquid products. We were able to program the PC to do the calculations but we also wanted to use graphics board and stylus so that personnel could trace the ink lines on the measurement chart to enter the Temperature, Pressure, and Flow information from circular charts rather than taking 4 readings per hour for each and averaging the readings before doing the flow calculations. I wasn’t smart enough to figure it out, and we couldn’t find anyone else to write the program to take the readings…..then we contacted Sony. Sony figured it out quickly, wrote a program so that the ink lines on the charts could be traced with the stylus and the data turned into ‘flow volumes’ and the PC was in business. Quickly one person with the PC in a couple of hours was doing the work of 5 people working full time!!!
This is just one example of how Sony solved problems that no one else could. It didn’t matter what the problem was, if it was hard, you wanted Sony to help you. He always had a positive attitude and convinced those he was working with that the problem would be solved.
Beyond his professional abilities, Sony was friendly, courteous, and helpful. He brought a smile to everything he did. Though our relationship was only at work, I feel that Sony was a friend, someone that I was fortunate to have met, worked with, and shared some happy times with over almost 40 years.

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