John Soopikian, 46, died Aug. 24 in Fremont when he exited to discuss an accident with the other driver and he was struck by another vehicle.
Mr. Soopikian was born in Tehran, Iran, on March 8, 1964, to Dr. George Soopikian and Touba Anvar Soopikian, the only son of five children. After the Iranian revolution in 1979, his family moved to Long Beach. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from California State University Long Beach in 1986, and held high level technical and managerial positions in companies including Western Digital and LSI Logic. He met and married his wife Ziba, on March 26, 2000, and they lived in Northern California for more than 11 years. Mr. Soopikian had a thirst for personal growth and read books extensively, ranging from Masnavi to Baha'i writings, and other educational literature and world affairs. He enjoyed cycling, racquetball, tennis, skiing and volleyball; music was one of his passions and his taste was extensive; he also loved to analyze the design of most electronics.
He is survived by his wife Ziba; children Rojan, 8, and Tara, 6; sisters Carmen, Juliet, Lida and Jacklin; and many extended family members globally. Donations may be made to the family's fund for the children: ACF Rojan Soopikian CA UTMA; Jacklin Soopikian Grammer, Account No. 40027008644; Routing No. 321171184.