Michael Zabi Light
1947 - 2004
"You are in our hearts
born to Saeid and Shokouhieh Anvar, Michael entered this world
on January 9, 1947 in Tehran, Iran. At age five he moved to Sanaa,
Yemen with his parents and three sisters, Mona, Vafa and Yass.
By the time he attended Penjgeni Boarding School in India there
were two more sisters, Saba and Morassaa, added to his family.
After a few years of living in Aden and Europe he moved back to
Iran. The last addition to the family, brother Navid, was born
in 1959. In Iran Zabi attended American Community School and moved
to the United States where he graduated from Flushing High School
in New York in 1965. He attended the University of Oklahoma and
UCLA and graduated with a degree in English Literature.
After returning to Iran he married Shahla Monfared. He managed
his father’s export business and moved to Los Angeles in
1979. He considered the United States his home. Nobody was happier
about Iran’s revolution than Michael: It enabled him to
move to the U.S. permanently.
He moved to Dallas, Texas in 1992 after his divorce. He lost
his brother in 1998 and his father in 2001. He was engaged to
Vonda Carvajal and planned to be married after her daughter Clarissa’s
graduation in 2005. He passed on May 6, 2004.
Michael was a gentle soul: caring, loving, laid back and generous.
He didn’t have any children but he had a very special relationship
with his nephews and nieces: Elham, Roham, Pourang, Morassaa,
Farham, Sahba, Karaan, Tara, Maaneli and Rama. He liked to stay
in touch with old friends, and attended school reunions and kept
in touch with friends from high school in Iran.
Michael loved to travel, was an avid reader and was a walking
encyclopedia. He loved science fiction and had a large collection
of science fiction books. He was always ready to be abducted by
the aliens to find out what was happening in outer space!
Michael was courageous and tough and lived with heart disease
for more than 20 years. He appreciated the present and enjoyed
life as much as he could. His death left an empty space in the
hearts of everyone who knew him. Now he knows the secrets of the
universe, he knows what’s happening in space and that what
really matters in life is love.