We are saddened by the passing of Mr. Jamal Haddadzadeh, age 91, in Sacramento, California
on February 7th 2023. He was born in Zahedan, Sistan- Baluchestan, Iran on May 15,1931. Mr.
Haddadzadeh was an established professional engineer recognized for significant contributions
to photogrammetric engineering and expertise in mapping border areas of sensitive geopolitical
risk. He was always eager to learn, dedicated to staying up to date on the latest developments
in his field. He also became known for his skilled and artistic calligraphy. But above all, he was a
deeply devoted and appreciated member of the Baha'i Faith, dedicating his life to serving the
well-being of many communities around the world.
Mr. Haddadzadeh and his family moved to Mexico before the 1979 Iranian Revolution and
subsequently lived in Minneapolis, Vancouver, Canada, Philadelphia, and finally Elk Grove,
California. Throughout their travels, Mr. Haddadzadeh and his wife remained committed to
community building, serving the welfare and education of the community, with particular
emphasis on character and vocational enrichment for youth. Their contributions toward the
betterment of their communities, earned the trust and respect of a broad cross-section of society
and engagement with public officials.
Beyond his engineering career, Mr. Haddadzadeh was multi-talented with a deep interest in
Arabic, Quranic literature and the arts, serving as a publications editor. He was sought after by
authors for his artistic calligraphy. His work appeared in books such as Maghaleh Shakhse
Sayyah, in Persian, Mofavezat-e-Abdu'l Baha and works by the Iranian poetess, Talat Basari, a
feminist, academic, writer, and the first woman in Iran appointed as a university vice-chancellor
at Ahvaz Jundishapur.
Mr. Haddadzadeh is survived by his loving wife, Sima Haddadzadeh, their daughter Roya, and
two sons Kasra and Vargha, the latter who preceded him in death. Mr. Haddadzadeh’s passing
is a great loss to his family, the Baha'i community, the engineering profession, and the broader
community in which he lived and worked. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family,
work, love of the arts, depth of knowledge in world religions,which he always shared with
courtesy, humility and kindness. His commitment to serving others continues to inspire, and
bear fruit in the lives that he touched.
“O Son of Man! Thou art My dominion and My dominion perisheth not; wherefore fearest thou
thy perishing? Thou art My light and My light shall never be extinguished; why dost thou dread
extinction? Thou art My glory and My glory fadeth not; thou art My robe and My robe shall never
be outworn. Abide then in thy love for Me, that thou mayest find Me in the realm of glory."
"O my God! O my God! Verily, Thy servant, humble before the majesty of Thy divine
supremacy, lowly at the door of Thy oneness, hath believed in Thee and in Thy verses, hath
testified to Thy word, hath been enkindled with the fire of Thy love, hath been immersed in the
depths of the ocean of Thy knowledge, hath been attracted by Thy breezes, hath relied upon
Thee, hath turned his face unto Thee, hath offered his supplications to Thee, and hath been
assured of Thy pardon and forgiveness. He hath abandoned this mortal life and hath flown to
the kingdom of immortality, yearning for the favor of meeting Thee."
O Lord, glorify his station, shelter him under the pavilion of Thy supreme mercy, cause him to
enter Thy glorious paradise, and perpetuate his existence in Thine exalted rose garden, that he
may plunge into the sea of light in the world of mysteries.
Verily, Thou art the Generous, the Powerful, the Forgiver and the Bestower.