December 20, 1931 - August 10, 2022
Nachhattar Singh Chohan of Yuba City, CA, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at the age of 90, in the presence of family. Mr. Chohan was born in Layallpur, Pakistan on December 20, 1931, to Amar Singh and Harnam Kaur Chohan. During the Partition of India in 1947, Mr. Chohan (age 16), along with his five siblings and parents was forced to migrate and relocate to Dalamwal, Hoshiarpur.
At the age of 21, he met and married Darshan Kaur. Mr. Chohan received his formal education at Government College Tanda, Hoshiarpur. He taught mathematics for over 10 years.
In order to establish a better life for his wife and family he moved to the United States and settled in Yuba City in 1967. Enduring many hardships, but believing in hard work and perseverance, Mr. Chohan bought his first orchard in 1973. He worked over the years to expand his business, buying more land and diversifying what he planted and grew. He raised his family on the farm, where his sons continue to operate the business today.
Mr. Chohan was a longstanding member of the California Canning Peach Association and the California Farm Bureau.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Mr. Chohan devoted most of his time and energy volunteering at the Sikh Temple Yuba City. Not only was he an active member of the community, he served several key roles on the Gurdwara Committee, from Secretary and Treasurer to President. One of his greatest accomplishments was the establishment of the annual Nagar Kirtan in 1979. He helped to fundraise for and establish the event that now hosts over 100,000 attendees annually. He participated in the Inaugural Parade as one of the "Panj Pyara" (the five beloved ones.) The Panj Pyara formed the fellowship of the Khalsa which Guru Gobind Singh had brought into being. Mr. Chohan continued his participation at the Nagar Kirtan for over 20 years. This was one of his most treasured memories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amar Singh and Harnam Kaur and his elder brother Kundan Singh Chohan.
He is survived by his wife, Darshan Kaur; four sons, Harjinder Singh (Harprit Kaur), Harsbinder Singh (Jasbir Kaur), Sarbjit Singh (Kuldip Kaur) Harbinder Chohan; and daughter, Preetpaul Kaur Benipal (Amarjeet Singh). He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three brothers, Iqbal Singh, Makhan Singh, and Sulkhan Singh Chohan; and two sisters, Basant Kaur Shoker and Surinder Kaur Randhawa.
He loved to travel near and far and had a true sense of adventure. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends at all social events and went out of his way to help build community. He will be remembered for his kindness, gentle nature, hard work and generosity. He was a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed and remembered by all.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Ullrey Memorial Chapel, 817 Almond St., Yuba City, followed by Antam Ardas at the Sikh Temple Yuba City located at 2468 Tierra Buena Rd., Yuba City.