Kavon Justin Ravanbakht
March 27, 1984 - July 27, 2021
Obituary For Kavon Justin Ravanbakht
Kavon Ravanbakht passed away on July 27, 2021. He is survived and loved by his mother, Marjorie; his sister, Sophie; his brother, Jason and sister-in-law, Jin; nephew, Cameron; and nieces, Cara and Ella as well as many other family members and friends.
The son of an Iranian father and English mother, Kavon was born and raised in Raleigh, NC where he brought smiles to everyone who met him. He was a man of many talents and accomplishments. As a kindergartener, he eagerly began swimming and bicycle riding without fear. He was very competitive swimming with the local swim team. During his teenage years, he was an amazing soccer athlete playing semi-professionally and carrying his love for the sport into adulthood. Soccer was his favorite sport, he loved to play from the age of seven, where he enjoyed the camaraderie of the game. He was a lifelong supporter of his favorite team, Sunderland, in England.
He took pleasure in many activities which allowed him to socialize with friends, playing golf, tennis, kick boxing, and weightlifting. He was not timid in life, he always jumped in at the deep end and swam very hard!!! From running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain to doing very high dives into the ocean from the cliffs in Italy.
His elder brother was a great mentor to him which led to many adventures together. When his little sister came along, he was proud of teaching her to walk and reminded her frequently "because of him, she was able to walk".
In 2009, Kavon graduated from NC State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences and was a member of the Honor Societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Delta Phi. Having a continued passion for learning, Kavon earned his Master of Global Innovation Management Degree in December 2011 from NC State University. He continued pursuing his education at the University of Marseille, France and graduated with a Master’s degree in Economics and General Management in 2012.
Socializing with people from any part of the world came naturally to Kavon with his vibrant personality. He had a gift for hospitality. Kavon welcomed his friends from France back into his home in Raleigh when they did not have a place to stay. Kavon had an overwhelmingly kind, loving and sensitive soul.
Upon his return from France, he secured employment at a marketing corporation working as a sales manager. This enabled him to travel extensively throughout the United States. His management team and colleagues recognized his excellent achievements in this position.
Kavon enjoyed his trips to England and France where he appreciated his time spent with family and friends. Memories of family, friends, parties, and good food will ring in our hearts when we think of Kavon. We will cherish our special memories of family dinners together, especially celebrating birthdays at the Chinese restaurant, Christmases with all the trimmings at home, and Thanksgivings at his brother's house in Charlotte with his nephew and nieces.
He had most recently embarked on a new chapter in his life. Kavon had an empathetic heart and found happiness in giving his time to help others. His compassion led him to pursuing the prestigious Nursing degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was in the process of completing this degree.
Kavon lived his life with gusto and happiness. He was like an incandescent candle blowing in the winds of life. He will always be remembered as a charming, educated, caring man who brightened any room with his presence.
THE WORLD WILL BE A LITTLE DARKER PLACE WITHOUT KAVON IN IT.
Kavon! Little bro! I haven't seen you since the summer of 1989 when you were a little 5 year old copying how to walk like me with my feet pointed outward. Jason and I were inseparable that summer of 1989. From collecting Batman trading cards at woolworths in the old north hills mall to playing at Uncle Hamid's pool. Kavon always tried to keep up. His voice and energy lit up every room he entered. Even 32 years later I still remember you, Kavon! The sound of your voice and your boyish enthusiasm. I cannot fathom what your friends and family are going through during this time. May your memory shine a light on all the darkness that has been left behind in your wake. May the memory of your smile give us the hope we need to pull through another day. Young lion, you went to soon! Love, Mazda.
Kavon was an amazing friend and neighbor. It was nice having such a wonderful guy and influence across the street. We would play soccer in the back yard and he would school me with all his skills and tricks. It made me better though. I remember standing under the Coachman's Trail sign waiting for the bus in the morning when it rained if we didn't bring our umbrellas. It was a tight squeeze under there but we had a fun time. He was a beautiful soul and will very much be missed.
Kavon was the type of person who was just good for your soul. He could light up a room & lift your mood in seconds. We often spoke & for the last time on the 25th of July, a conversation I'll treasure. I have amazing memories with Kavon, family holidays to Orlando & staying with my aunt & uncle & getting up to mischief with Kavon. He attended my graduation & when I was travelling we visited his beach house for many great times, he was there at my wedding & my parents funeral, it's broke my heart that my sister & I could not attend last night to honour Kavon's memory in person. His memory will live on here in the UK in the stories we'll share amongst each other. I can't believe you are gone & I am filled with sadness thinking of all your family. The measure of a man is in the lives he's touched, and like was said last night you touched so many & meant so much too so many around you. Love you always Laura x
Kavon will always have a special place in my heart and the memories of your family holidays when you all stayed over the road at Stuart and Lyns. He would always come over to see me and his smile would light up the room. I will miss our chats on Facebook and the visits to the Dun cow in Durham for a pint. R.I.P my friend Love Aunty Gillian Sending love and sympathy to Marjorie, Sophie, Jason and family
Kavon. A Man amongst Men. Fearless,Loving and a Brother. You will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Love you Brother R.I.P
Kavon was kind of a philosopher. I can hear your laugh, see your smile and feel your hugs. I wouldn't have survived my teenage years without you!! Kavon was truly a sincere friend. Not sure if I know any kid that would walk over a mile after a snow storm just to see if their friend was okay. He was the kind of person who lighten the mood with his jokes, or attempts at jokes, lol! I keep a part of you in my heart always and you keep those angels laughing my friend. Renee (Milbank) Woodard 💜
Kavon was an old soul & a great friend. We were close in middle school and highschool, but lost touch over the years. He was smart, hilarious, and just a good person. Rest easy, old friend. Katy (Horton) Parker
Kavon was always the life and soul of the party when he came to visit us in England there has never been a dull moment. One of the most loveable people I ever had the pleasure of knowing and who will be missed terribly. I will cherish your last visit to us forever Kavon - thanks for the good times cuz! I love you - Beth Sanders xxx
What can I say about Kavon... a truly amazing individual. His smile lit up a room and was highly infectious. Absolutely devastated that he is no longer with us. Although not my cousin we always treated each other as such. We will all miss him greatly. His visits to Durham UK were always memorable and my friends classed him as one of the lads when he was here. Sending love to his family Majorie, Jason & Jin and Sophie. Thinking of you all love Philip xx
Kavon was a great guy and during his regular visits to see family in Durham and the odd trip to the Stadium of Light to see Sunderland he was always great company. He regularly kept in touch on Birthdays, Christmas time or when Sunderland rarely won a game and I will miss hearing from him. I send my deepest sympathies to Marjorie, Jason and Sophie. Love Adam Mirley
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