Rajkumar Bipin Jadav was born on the 9th of April 1978 in Neptune, New Jersey to Melody and Bipin Jadav. Raj was the middle child of the family, his older brother being Tapan and his younger sister Anjalee.
In 1979, when Raj was one year old, the Jadav family relocated to Globe, Arizona where his father, Bipin, practiced medicine. They later moved to Chandler, Arizona in 1982 when Raj was 4 years old. In his younger years, Raj would play with the dogs often and loved to make a lot of noise with his toys, pots and pans. He also enjoyed doing karate when he was younger.
The Jadav family are avid Suns fans, and Raj was no exception. They went to most Suns games and private parties. Raj met Suns players and coaches including Dan Majerle, Kevin Johnson, Cedric Ceballos, Tom Chambers, and coach Cotton Fitzsimmons among many more. Raj had a special relationship with his maternal grandfather, Samuel Hankins, and was so excited to ring the Salvation Army bell with him during the holidays. Raj’s favorite teacher taught bible study at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. You would never see him without his best friend, Brad McPhee, growing up. They did everything together.
In 1996, Raj graduated from Gilbert High School and dreamed of working with computers. He was entirely self taught and would take apart computers and tinker with them for fun. In 1997, his daughter with Melissa Shipman, Elissa, was born. Elissa meant the world to him, and he was an amazing dad. She will always remember him as the supporting and loving Dad that he strived to be. Raj and her bonded over movies like Star Wars, and video games like Mario Kart. He was always nurturing his daughter’s interests, showing her how to modify her first game consoles and taking her to karate classes.
Raj’s work with computers was exemplary. His computer repair business, Perfect PC, was something he took great pride in. On occasion, Raj would fix people’s computers for free as an act of kindness, and because he wanted to help people more than anything. ‘Once it was fixed, it was fixed for good.’
On April 12, 2008 his second daughter, Frankie Lynn, was born to him and LaShonda Cruckson. Frankie Lynn unfortunately passed away a few weeks later on April 28, 2008. He always thought about her and kept her in his prayers.
Raj gave a lot of love to so many people, including his fiancée, Danielle Morgan, whom he met in 2010, his daughter, and his family. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it, and he touched many people’s lives.
We will remember him as a kind and loving father, son, brother, and friend. He has joined his brother Tapan, his best friend Brad, LaShonda, and Frankie Lynn in heaven. Raj is survived by his father Bipin, his mother Melody, his sister Anjalee, his daughter Elissa, his nephew Brandon, and his fiancée Danielle. Everyone will love and miss him deeply.