Remembering Navpreet Singh

Photo Courtesy of Karan Singh
Nav (far left) poses at graduation with some of his friends, (from left to right next) Crue Underwood, Jared Avilas, and Chase Voytovich.

Mia N. Jones, Sports Editor

Navpreet “Nav” Singh, 19, of Ladera Ranch died on July 18, in a head-on collision motorcycle accident involving a wayward driver.  He was born on November 26, 1996 to his parents, Kuljit and Aman, and had just graduated from SJHHS in June.

Throughout his childhood, Nav enjoyed playing sports, belonging to a soccer team in middle school and continued football and basketball at SJHHS.  He was described as “contemporary” and “super chubby” by his brother Karan (“KP”). Nav always remained so enthusiastic and supportive of KP, who had lived in India at a boarding school for 3 years.  Nav ensured he maintained constant communication with him while he was there. He was even the first person KP came out to.

Nav was an ambitious young man who had enrolled at Saddleback in hopes of transferring to a state school after 2 years–UC Berkeley was one of his top considerations–, and he dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur.  His major goal in life was to be, in whatever way, successful, often saying optimistic things like “Gotta make that coin” during his shifts at Starbucks. He also had a wide appreciation for nature–he always got a kick out of going to the beach and adventuring on camping trips, despite his dislike for actually going into the water and his lack of knowledge about camping.

He is survived by his parents, brother KP, and numerous friends at SJHHS. A funeral was held on July 22 by his family members, and friends joined in a candlelight vigil at Salt Creek Beach Park on July 25 to serve in his memory.  Nav will be missed, for his death has made a significant impact on many of those who knew and enjoyed his infectiously-charismatic personality.

“He was always doing interesting things. He wanted to one day explore the world, and he planned on doing it,” remembers KP.