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Babubhai D. Prajapati

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Babubhai D. Prajapati (January 23, 1937 – June 4, 2020) Babubhai Prajapati passed away on June 4, 2020 at the age of 83. He was born on January 23, 1937 in Gujarat, India to Durlabhbhai & Bhuliben Prajapati. He was the oldest child and always worked hard. He always spoke about how his grandfather took him under his wing and taught him to work hard. His strong work ethic took him to college. He became a Structural Engineer, a Design Engineer, and a Civil Engineer. He moved from India to England in the 1960s where he completed his Masters degree. On June 6, 1970, he married Vimlaben Mistry in England. They started their journey together and had 2 children. In 1976, he came to California to find better opportunities for work and brought his family from England to join him in 1980. He was a dedicated man who wasn’t afraid to take risks. He tried several business adventures, selling products in the swap meet on weekends, and entering into business adventures using his knowledge and learned as he went along. All the while, he worked hard to raise his family here in the USA as well as sending money back to India to support his parents and brothers and sisters. He ensured his own kids were able to go to college and get an education. He provided for them in any way possible and always tried to guide them in their choices. He enjoyed time with the family and knew how to make a good BBQ. Growing up, he would put beer on the chicken and ensured us the alcohol burned off and was okay to eat. He had an amazing knack for making anything meat or chicken taste like something out of this world. Vimlaben would always have him put the spices in because it always tasted better. He just had that gift. He was a very amicable and kind person. He was a member of many groups. He was a founding member of the Prajapati Samaj of Southern California. He helped organize events including the summer picnic and Diwali festivities. He was also a member of East West Community Church and a believer in Christ. He enjoyed going to church weekly with Vimlaben and learning more each week. In 2003, he started his journey as a dada. He eventually had 3 grandchildren – Parissa, Ameya, and Christopher. He always gave them $5 when they came to visit. BBQs and swimming in the pool were the best times. Everyone always was taken care of and fed at their home. Grandkids were especially spoiled. In 2004, Babubhai retired from his job at Caltrans. He made so many friends at work that he kept in touch with throughout the years. The best story he ever told us involved them driving from Irvine to San Diego for lunch. No matter where he was, at work or home, he tried to have fun. In 2005, he was diagnosed with colon cancer, had surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Vimlaben always took him and brought him home. There were scares along the way but he always kept going and fighting through all of the setbacks. Babubhai & Vimlaben enjoyed several vacation together. They were able to go to India, England, Hawaii, and took cruises to Mexico and Alaska. Babubhai was also able to go the Kings and Sequoia National Park. He especially enjoyed the massage chair on that trip after a full day of being out and seeing nature. He accomplished so much with Vimlaben by his side. She supported him in anything he needed, and he always took care of her. He ensured she was taken care of after she had her life changing stroke in 2013. He always said I’m going to make sure she is taken care of, even as the days turned into years, he never left her alone. Babubhai was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Vimlaben. He is survived his daughter Jotika, son-in-law, Chris, grandchildren Parissa, Ameya, and Christopher. He is also survived by his brothers, Bhagubhai, Naginbhai, Sumanbhai, and Umedbhai, and his sisters Kamlaben, Santaben, Ambaben, and Jasuben, and their families, most of who are in England or the USA because of his sacrifices over the years. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 from 1-4pm at England Family Mortuary, 27135 Madison Avenue, Temecula, CA 92590. No services can be held but we welcome people to come and see dad one more time and show their respects. If you would like to make a donation, please send them to: ​Global Friends Network ​Attn: Danny and Friends ​510 N. Hanover Street, Anaheim, CA 92801

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  1. 6th June 2020 Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary Masa and Masi together in heaven as true love bestows peace be upon you both! Love always Rita and family xx

  2. Daddy, I wasn’t ready to say good bye. Chris & I really were hoping you would bounce back and come home. But we could see your body was so tired of fighting and hurting. It was a rough few months for you. I wish we could have done more. I am grateful we were able to stay with you as you left your earthly body. I am so grateful you were not alone. You have been an amazing dad. You always gave me whatever I needed. I love the story of me waving bye to the stranger while you rode away in a bus to the USA when I was 2. I still have the note saying here is 25 cents for a lollipop. I remember coming home to a Christmas tree in the house when we were little. It was our first tree and I was so happy. You did everything to guide us and give us advice, even though sometimes we thought we knew it all, you just kept trying. Thank you for being there for me whenever I needed help. Thank you for taking care of mom for over 6 1/2 years after her stroke. You never gave up on her and lived to make sure she was cared for. I am sad you never had that reconciliation you hoped for. You worked so hard to make amends but it was never reciprocated and for that, I am sorry. Know you are looked at as being a true man, with a heart of gold. You will always be remembered in my eyes as an honorable man who loved God and lived like Jesus taught us to live…not holding grudges but always trying to make things work. I pray you have peace with momma in heaven now. I am so glad you got to spent your 50th anniversary together. You are such an inspiration to Chris & I of how to encourage each other, correct each other, and just keep working no matter how hard life may get. Thank you for coming to Sequoia with us….we will always treasure that trip and you in the massage chair. I love you so much and I miss you.

  3. Dear Dada, Thank you for letting us play in the pool, for being a great grandpa, and for all the $5.00 bills. You will be missed by all of us.

  4. Gone but not forgotten
    Don’t think of him as gone away
    his journey’s just begun
    Life holds so many facets
    This earth is only one

    Just think if him as resting
    From the sorrows and the tears
    In a place of warmth and comfort
    Where there are no days and years

    Think how he must be wishing
    That we could know today
    How nothing but our sadness
    Can really pass away

    And think of him as living
    In the hearts of those he touched
    For nothing loved is ever lost
    And he was loved so much !

    Love to JotiBen and Jija and family thank you for looking after Masa and Masi so much and being there for them they will always value your care and be proud from up above, love you lots Ben stay strong and be with you always even from afar xxx

  5. I love you daddy. It still doesn’t seem real… can you be gone? I will be strong for you tomorrow and hope we honor you like you deserve. You deserve nothing but the best for all your sacrifices to everyone over the years.

  6. Know that we are praying for your peace and comfort during this difficult time.
    May babujija’s soul rest in peace.
    Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.
    Bhagubhai & Sushila Mistry

  7. Masa has been there for everyone when they needed him everyone will be forever grateful their lives have been made better with his love and help. Masa and Masi are a wonderful loving couple and have added love and happiness to all they met and helped and loved, their memories will be most treasured by many as well as us, thanks for everything you both shared, cared and loved us for all those years I as many others are very lucky to have you as part of my dear family xxxxxxxx

  8. Mr. Prajapati is a wonderful example of a family man. I was fortunate to know him for the past 12 years and his love for his family was unwavering. He took great care of his wife while she was ill and always kept a positive attitude and trusted in his faith. May he be at peace with Vimlaben for eternity!

    With Love,
    Kyle Schneider

  9. Our deepest heartfelt condolences are with the family during these times. Our prayers and thoughts are also with you all and may Babubhai’s soul rest in eternal peace
    Om Shanti Shanti Shanti
    Jai Sri Krishna Dilip and Daksha

  10. Our sincere condolences and our prayers are with the family, on the sad passing away of Babubhai. May his soul rest in peace.

    With deepest sympathies.

    Aum Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi.

    Shirish, Lata, Sanjeev, Ian, Bijal and family

  11. Our sincere condolences to the family on the sad passing away of Babubhai.
    May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.
    With deepest sympathies.
    Om Shanti.
    Manhar, Hina Parbhu & Family.

  12. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Babubhai. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti. Alpesh and Siddhi Mistry

  13. Pray for you to have strength at this difficult time Ben, Masa and Masi will always be watching over you and be proud that you have always been there for them and They will always be with you in your heart as they will be in heaven watching over you. Two most beautiful loving people together Again…….Love you Ben we are here but so far wish we could be next to you please take care Xxxx

  14. Thank you Masa for flying back to the Uk to be with us to share my most happiest time where I was with my most loving family together all under one roof and had the most amazing time with you all. I was truly blessed to have that special memory and moment which will be one of the most happiest times with everyone together xx
    Pray today goes peacefully and you have a beautiful send off as you deserve and may you say hello to all our loved ones in heaven who you can join and send our love onto too xxx

  15. To the family of Babubhai. Our prayers are with you all today as you grieve the loss of his beloved soul. Our thoughts are with you all today as we feel the loss of one of our community leaders who was kind and loving soul. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Om Shanti, Peace, Amen.

    From Shantaben, Pratish, Anita and Family

  16. We are so sorry to hear about the passing of masa.
    Sending our love and heartfelt condolences to you all, hoping the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.
    With love,
    Manoj, Anju, Vitesh, Yogita & family

  17. We are sorry for the loss of your father, and we will keep you and your family in our prayers, and that GOD WILL RECEIVE HIM WITH OPEN ARM AND HOLD HIM IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND


  18. We are very sorry to hear this news. May his soul rest in eternal peace. AUM Shanti Shanti Shantihi. Our condolences to you and your family. -Kirit and Shobhana Bhatt

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