Jackson Vernseng Fong was born in Mung Noi, Laos in 1955 to Saeng Liam and Seng Fu. He was the eldest son of 10 children.
He arrived to the United States in 1987 and settled in San Pablo, California with his wife and 6 children. In 1995, Vernseng and his family relocated to Sacramento, California where he resided for the remainder of his life.
Vernseng spent the younger years of his life in Laos. He was a proud veteran enlisting as a soldier and later matriculated to a Lieutenant Colonel fighting alongside US special forces. As well as serving Laos and America, he was also a traditional Iu-Mien Shaman with the greatest respect for his culture. Because of the love he has for his culture, you could find Vernseng spreading his knowledge to his family, friends and grandchildren. You could always reach out to him for guidance. The community relied heavily on his expertise.
Vernseng was a devoted father to his 6 children, Kelly, Stacey, Ricky, Sam, Jim and Nikkie. Like any other immigrant coming to America, finding a way to provide for your family was not the easiest. Along with his dad and his siblings, they acquired a successful business that contributed to the local community. Vernseng continued to provide his expertise as a Shaman which in turn provided support for his family.
Although there was much progress in his life, he was also met with hardship. In 2004, he experienced the unexpected and sudden loss of his second son, Sam. A few months later, his father passed. In 2016, Vernseng and his wife Feuy, barely escaped a fire that took their home. He lost his mother a few years later in 2018.
Vernseng took his last breath on May 1st, 2023 surrounded by loved ones. His life was centered on providing for his family - being a good husband, father and grandfather and giving back to the Iu-Mienh community. He now will be able to do the same for his son, Sam and his parents and all those who have passed on.
He is survived by his wife, 5 children and 9 grandchildren..