Trien Ngoc Nguyen, 46, of Fishers, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born on April 15, 1974 to Phuong Nguyen and Van Ha in Saigon, Vietnam.
A lifelong learner, Trien started his post-baccalaureate education at Purdue University. There, through mutual friends, he met Judy. On their first date, he took her to a Mexican restaurant, knowing that it was Judy's favorite, despite the fact that he didn't care for the cuisine. Trien continued his education later in life, receiving an MS in Physics from Columbia University. Most recently, he was working towards his MBA at Butler University while working as a Senior Systems Analyst for the IT department at Butler University. This role, much like Chandler's from Friends, is one we will never pretend to understand.
Trien cared for and loved his family deeply, demonstrating his devotion through the quality time spent with each of them. With Judy, they often went on date nights to dinner and a movie. The two of them sharing a Diet Coke, Trien would enjoy a bag of Twizzlers while Judy chose chocolate. If a new Star Wars movie was released, you could be sure that they had gone to see it together. With Alex, Trien would stay up for late-night talks over bowls of ramen. With Isaac, their mutual love of anime created a special bond between them. And with Evie, they loved creating crafts together. As "Papa" to his three children, he carved out special time with each of them. Trien also loved spending time with their adorable family puppy, Wicket (who appropriately resembles his Ewok namesake), and would play fetch with him for hours each day.
With his family, Trien loved to play the board game King of Tokyo. He was also particularly skilled at making up outlandish stories for the kids. He instilled a love of Vietnamese cuisine in his children and never left a turkey leg at Thanksgiving untouched. It was commonly known that he would drop everything to help family and friends whenever he could. Trien was known as the "Family Computer Guy", helping many technologically impaired family members work through their seemingly endless issues with patience. Above all, Trien was a family man who loved his wife, kids & dog.
He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Judy Nguyen; three children, Alex, Isaac and Evie; mother, Van Ha; sister, Tracy (Scott) Patterson; nephew, Jack Patterson; his beloved dog, Wicket; and a family full of in-laws that he didn't ask for but tolerated lovingly nonetheless. Trien was preceded in death by his father, Phuong Nguyen.
No services are planned at this time. Trien's care has been entrusted to Randall & Roberts Fishers Mortuary.