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Sayun Andruss

January 5, 1970 ~ November 2, 2020 (age 50)


Sayun Andruss, known by many as Sy, was born in Bangkok Thailand on Jan 5, 1970.  He spent his early childhood in Thailand raised by his mother, Noi, his Aunt "Nasee", and Grandma "Meyai". A short 6 years later, Sy and his brother, Jason, said goodbye to Thailand and made their way to the island of Oahu, Hawaii, after his mother married Mark Andruss.  Living on the army base in Wahiawa, Sy met other fellow army brats from Thailand and gained new cousins, aunts and uncles.  The family later found a new home in Wailua.  The new house came with a new beautiful baby sister, Michelle. Sy, with his big heart, stepped into action and immediately took on the role of big brother and protector, always watching out and taking care of his little brother and sister (even when they may not have wanted it).  Wailua is where Sy quickly adapted to the beach life.  Ali'i beach became the go-to beach spot where he spent many hours body surfing and body boarding.  Sy was regularly seen climbing mango trees and eating mangos while checking out the surf from the top of the tree.  While in Hawaii, Sy developed his passion for soccer. A gifted athlete, he quickly became a masterful soccer player. True to his nature, he excelled as a midfielder, distributing the ball and playmaking for others on his team.  Never needing the attention, Sy was a quiet leader always pushing everyone on his team to do better.  He was quick to get in your face and let you know to step it up. Sy hated to lose. 

After spending 7 years in Hawaii, Sy and his family moved to sunny San Diego.  With the help and love of his Uncle Chip, Aunt Kathy and cousins David, Andy, Willie, Kevin and Katie, Sy adapted to the "mainland" life.  Jumping right into Catholic School at St Francis, this island boy was out of his element but he made friends quickly.  At St Francis, he expanded his repertoire of sports and began playing basketball, football, track, volleyball and yes "break dancing".  After only a year at St Francis, Sy moved on to Vista High School...Panthers!  He joined the VHS soccer team and it was there where Sy felt at home.  He made so many friends and kept growing his Ohana.  After graduating in the class of 1988, Sy was nudged into joining the Navy and started a new adventure with some of his buddies (Big Pat).  In the Navy, Sy developed a love for cooking and food.  He was a Navy cook and would always brag about how good he could bake.   After surviving a few years in the Navy, he came back to Vista and spent many years working for Hartwell Medical and the past 13 years at Viasat.  

In 2003, Sy married Danielle Ray and grew his Ohana further with Danielle's sister, Brandie, and her parents, Faith and James.  Sy and Danielle had their beautiful daughter Lea Ray Andruss in 2008. The birth of Lea gave Sy a new found love and focus.  This focus blossomed into the "helicopter dad" and "dance dad".  Sy and Lea were regularly together learning, laughing, and loving anything to do with dance.  He loved to spend his time helping Lea grow and become the great dancer that she is today.  Sy loved Lea with all his heart and poured everything he could give to ensure Lea is safe, healthy and prosperous.  

Sy enjoyed watching his beloved Eagles play football with his dad, Mark, and going to Lakers games with his sister, Michelle.  He could regularly be seen sporting Eagles or Lakers gear to show his team pride.  Sy had a love of animals and would often be seen with his dogs Buddha and Kona and more recently with Bella. 

Sy is survived by not only his daughter, Lea, his parents, Noi and Mark, his siblings Jason and Michelle, but also by the hearts of the huge Ohana of friends and family he touched. His smile, love, generosity and friendship will be deeply missed by all.  Keep looking down on us Foolio!  We love you and you will always be in our hearts.   


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