Jalil Soltani

02/04/1952 –

 07/18/2020

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  • Funeral Service
Date: 07/23/2020
Time: 10:00 am
 – 11:00 am

Obituary

A few thousand kilometers away from here on a cold winter night in a land where its people are known for bravery and patience, a son was born to Assadoallah and Effat 68 years ago. His name was Jalil.

Jalil means a person of integrity and respect, and he was indeed a man of integrity and respect. He was a happy and cheerful child. Due to his tender nature, he was attracted to fine arts and music. At 18, he participated in obligatory military service for two years, after which he chose not to pursue his interests in art due to the religious and traditional atmosphere of the time.  Instead, he started working at a bank.

At 21, he fell in love and married his beloved, Azam. Within a year, they had their first son, Ali, and he experienced the joys of fatherhood. Five years later, their daughter, Samira, was born, and she added to the warmth of their family life.

After the Islamic Revolution and the reign of religious fundamentalism in Iran in 1978, he refused to be known as a religious person; however, he was always dedicated to the highest morality and ethical manners, including respect and peace for others.

He continued to pursue his artistic interests in his free time. A few years after the revolution, he wrote a story and illustrated it with fine drawings. Due to political restrictions and censorship in Iran, he was not able to publish his book. The Iranian government did not approve of the content, and his efforts failed to reach fruition.  He was a talented storyteller and captivated his audience when he talked about the memories and stories of his life. All sense of time would be lost in his sweet, warm voice.

Jalil loved his motherland, but at 43, he decided to leave Iran for the United States and join his brother, Jalal, in Lubbock so that he could provide a better future for his children. Initially, he started working alongside his brother, and together they opened a series of chain restaurants. Later, he expanded the business independently with his son, Ali. He treated his staff with the highest respect and considered them part of his family. He participated in all their events and genuinely cared for their prosperity and well-being. He took responsibility for as many tasks as he could so that he did not add to his staff’s workload. He was loved and cared for by all who worked for him.

He continued to pursue his artistic interests. He loved the skies and clouds and enjoyed watching the sunset in the vast skies of Lubbock. Playing backgammon was his favorite hobby. He had outstanding skills and always impressed his opponents. He enjoyed the competition. The familiar sound of dice on the wooden board of backgammon was heard in all of the gatherings where Jalil was present.

He loved his grandchildren unconditionally and used to spend hours playing with them tirelessly. He used to say that his grandchildren were his entire world. He never went to visit them empty-handed and loved to give them gifts. He was a patient and loving grandfather who enjoyed traveling with them.

Jalil always paid close attention to his clothes. He took such care in how he dressed that he was usually the last person ready to leave for an event. His friends and family could tell his presence from the smell of his cologne. He enjoyed shopping, and he used to take his time while doing so. Above all, he loved his wife’s cooking, and playfully encouraged her to make his favorite dishes.

On his last winter on Earth, as he was happily embracing his grandchildren on his 68th birthday, an insidious disease was borne and slowly found its way toward him. As Jalil was planning a surprise cruise for his wife, he became infected with the novel coronavirus. On July 18th, 2020, after ten days of fighting, he said farewell to this world and left us. Jalil will always be remembered by his friends and family.

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25 thoughts on “Jalil Soltani”

  1. james thompson

    SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS..JAMES (okie) AND PAULA THOMPSON, ABERDEEN, WASHINGTON

  2. Rassool Ramazani

    Our deepest condolences to his lovely family ! Jalil was a very kind& caring individual and didn’t deserve to leave this world which he liked so much so soon????

  3. Shadi & Ali Nejat

    Dear Soltani family,

    Please accept our most heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved father. He was such a wonderful man and will always be remembered. Praying for peace and comfort for your family during this very difficult time.

  4. Shadi, Homan Farzad

    Dear Soltani Family.
    We are very sorry and sorrowful for your loss. Please accept our deepest condolences.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  5. Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with his family. He was a very kind and caring man. He loved his children and grandchildren. Yalda and Ali Dadgar

  6. Charlotte Hale

    Dear Soltani family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of Jalil.He was such a kind and caring man.His presence would light up a room. He will never be forgotten, and will live in my heart forever. Prayers for his family during this difficult time.

  7. Hassan and Cindy

    We send our heartfelt sympathy to Khanoum Soltani on the loss of her beloved son and to Jalal and family on this tragic loss. We hold you all close and pray for your strength during this time. God bless Jalil’s soul.

  8. My condolences go out to the Soltani Family. Everywhere he went he brought a smile along with his presence. Jolil will forever be missed! Such a sweet and caring gentleman.. Gone but never forgotten.
    Psalms 34:18
    The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

  9. Condolences to all his family My he rest in peace . I had just seen him he always had a big smile every time u see him n was always to sweet him n his wife u all will be in my prayers

  10. Dear Jalal and Soltani’s family
    Please accept our heartfelt sympathies for your loss , A good heart has stop beating.
    Honor and remember him as a man with character and kindness and happy face.
    We will forever keep you memory in our minds and hearts .

  11. Rasool Khastkhodaei

    From our whole family , please accept our deepest sympathies. We know that nothing can can take away the pain that you and your family are feeling for the loss of your brother. We hope that you are surrounded by the Love and support of family and friends as you and specially your wonderful mother go through this difficult time.
    به شما و خانواده محترم بخصوص مادر عزیزتان تسلیت عرض میکنیم و آرزوی صبر و شکیبایی برای شما عزیزان را داریم.

  12. May you Rest In Peace my dear friend Jalil…… will always love In our hearts my dear jalil…. من هنوز هم به شما مدیون دو دور بوکس هستم. در آرامش باش ، دوست من تا دوباره ملاقات کنیم. جلیل اطمینان حاصل کنید که هر 100 استراحت روزمره را در آرامش انجام می دهید ، برای همیشه دلتان برای شما تنگ خواهد شد

  13. To my brother and Mama we will always remember jalil with loving memories our blessings and prayers are with you you will always be in our hearts love you Cindy and Sam

  14. May you rest in peace my sweet friend. You always had a smile on your face and was always willing to help. You will be truly missed!!! Until we meet again pop!! Keep smiling!!

  15. Al and Mahboobeh Roghani

    So sad to hear about Jalil un-timely and very unexpected death. We are in shock. We met Jalil a very long time ago in Lubbock. And wherever we met him (in town or in somebody’s house), he was always very warm, ready to hug and talk and try to cheer you up. He was a true and authentic Iranian and had that infectious smile, and affable and unique personality. We need more people like Jalil in this world. Surely, he will be missed. We send our deepest condolences to his family and friends in this difficult time.

  16. Farhad & Parastou Tayyari

    We cannot believe Jalil has left us. We are still in shock, but we know that he will always live on in our hearts as he was such a sincere friend and kind individual.
    Our heartfelt condolences to Jalil’s lovely family. May he rest in peace and God bless his soul.
    به شما عزیزان تسلیت عرض می‌کنیم و از خدا برایتان خواهان صبر هستیم. در غمتان شریکیم. روحشان شاد و جایشان سبز.

  17. I am so sorry to see the passing of Jalil. Like the whole Soltani family he made Lubbock a better place. My prayers will be with his family during this very hard time.

  18. Ramona Ramazani and Amad Naderfard

    Dear Soltani family- we cannot imagine the sadness and void in your hearts. Jalil was always so kind to us and always had a smile.
    Thank you for sharing your memories during the ceremony. We are thinking of you!

  19. Christina & Dominic Aragon

    Dear Soltani family, we offer our deepest condolences to all of you for your loss during this difficult time. We count ourselves lucky to have had the pleasure to meet him and see all the love he had for each and everyone of you. May he Rest In Peace.

  20. Moein’s family

    Dear Soltani’s family our sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. He was a very special man, and he will be missed by many. Sending our prayers to your family during this very hard time. May He Rest In Peace

  21. Sepano, Farideh& Rassool Ramazani

    Dear Soltani family , Thanx for sharing jalil jan’s Memories. We will always remember him as a tender, kind, loving& caring man ????

  22. Dear Soltani family, Our hearts are broken to hear of your great loss of Jalil. What a beautiful legacy he left on this earth, hold close to all your sweet memories of this wonderful son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers,
    The Ron Steffen Family

  23. SURJIT & MARY RAJPAL

    Dear Soltani Family, Our deepest sympathy and condolences to all the family. We met Jalil only twice but his gentle, warm personality made such an impact..we will never forget him. Our hearts go out to all he touched…May the sweet and loving memories help tide you through your grief. May he Rest In Peace!
    Surjit and Mary Rajpal

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