Obituary for Isaiah S. Moon
Isaiah Seungbum Moon
October 13, 1997 – November 27, 2017
A week before her due date, Susan was feeling stomach pains, and her very thoughtful husband, John, told her she had gas. Six hours later, Isaiah Seungbum Moon was born on October 13th, 1997 in Redmond, Washington. Isaiah had the good fortune of spending a lot of time in his “binky” period with his grandparents as they shuttled him across Lake Washington and everywhere else in Seattle while his two young parents were beginning their careers. Good fortune didn’t stop as Isaiah spent his “walking” period at his Auntie Leah’s school where everyone knew where he was by just listening for his infectious laughter and the commotion around him.
In August 2002, as the family was ready to board their flight to their new home in the Washington, DC area, Isaiah’s parents’ close friends were hugging and crying to say goodbye and Isaiah hugged his parents in tears, and said, ‘bye mom and dad, I’m going to miss you.’ Isaiah was not left behind and he enjoyed his formative years near the Nation’s capital. In Bethesda, Maryland Isaiah explored three primary periods. His “creative artsy” period yielded notable accomplishments such as leading roles in his school’s Shakespeare Club where he performed at the National Portrait Gallery with the Ashburton Elementary News-reviewed “Mid-summer Night’s Dream” followed by the “Taming of the Shrew” where the critic noted, “Isaiah’s Puck had the spirit of the vibrant elf, though the raspy voice and the over-gesticulated mannerisms delivered a more raw interpretation.” Drama evolved to music where raspy voice transformed into the luscious timbre of the French horn where Isaiah won a seat as a member of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra. Isaiah’s “Lebron” period was eclectic and far-reaching including many years working through the little league system, and then moving from baseball’s finesse to the raw power of high school wrestling, dabbling in-between with ultimate Frisbee, Pennsylvania night skiing, and honing his professional video gaming skills. The “friendship” period, however defined Isaiah. In Bethesda, Isaiah developed life-long relationships with a core group of friends as they went from first grade until his tenth grade year until his family moved to California. Experimentation such as the cinnamon challenge, camping in torrential rain, and shoveling snow for pay established foundational elements of humor, laughter, hanging-out, and taking care of one another.
With the move to Walnut Creek, California in the middle of Isaiah’s tenth grade year, the “move-to-adult” period was a whirlwind that was characterized by self-discovery and relocations. Despite one of Isaiah’s biggest tests of moving from Bethesda and leaving his tight community of friends, he built on his earlier periods by performing with the Northgate High School orchestra and wind ensemble and won a spot with the Oakland Youth Orchestra; adopting a new sport and running the sprint portions on the track and field team; and of course, building a new and strong group of friends. After graduation, Isaiah bridged back to his early days as he began his college life at the University of Maryland reuniting with his childhood friends. At the end of 2016, Isaiah felt the pull of being back home in California and began classes at Diablo Valley College (DVC) with plans to transfer to a UC college. While attending DVC, Isaiah worked part-time at J Crew where he developed his personal hip/preppy styling aesthetic, maintained regular contact with friends on both coasts, and spent invaluable time with his family. On November 27, 2017, Isaiah returned to his heavenly home where he left a legacy of love reminding those who stayed behind, including his mother and father, Susan and John, and brother, Joshua, and dear family and friends, the magnetizing power and joy of an individual’s presence.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 8th, 7 PM, at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley on 2407 Dana St, Berkeley, CA. The family is asking donations be made to the Contra Costa Chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness in Isaiah’s name in lieu of flowers or other contributions.