They say there is no goodbye for a life that leaves a lasting imprint on the hearts of many.
Rajan David Moonesinghe went home to be with Jesus on November 15, 2022, at the age of 33. His life illuminated like a shooting star – gone too quickly but lit just long enough to leave us forever inspired.
Raj grew up in Los Angeles, California. He attended Palm Crest Elementary and graduated from La Cañada High School in 2007. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego, in a city he loved and visited often.
His kindness, generosity and sense of duty to those less fortunate traveled with him. As a teenager he journeyed to East Africa with his mother and six members of his church, where he donated soccer gear that he had collected from local teams in California. In the summer of 2021, he purchased a farm, called Goshen, in rural Zambia. In his words: “The purpose of the farm is to build up infrastructure, trade, and commerce for the nine local villages. Goshen is set to build a school for local children, a medical clinic, and employ and educate locals with sustainable agriculture systems.”
He lived a life of service to others. He’d give the shirt off his back if it’s all he had (which he literally did one night outside of a gas station, much to the surprise of the homeless man who walked away with brand new Lakers jersey). At In-N-Out, his favorite burger spot, he met a young man who he helped launch his own car washing and detailing business – working with him on business strategy and helping him get PPP loans.
His love and kindness toward others grew out of his love for the family who raised him. Raj adored his family. He flew his father to Austin every year to watch Formula 1 races. He was at his happiest eating his mom’s food, and she was his favorite dance partner at weddings and parties. Raj was the “cool” uncle to his older brother Mark’s children: taking his nephews to sports games and lending them his designer clothes, and patiently playing with dolls with his niece, his little princess.
Raj was immensely proud of inKind, the financial technology company he founded with his brother, Johann, in 2015. He moved to Austin, Texas to grow the business, building it to an organization of more than 70 employees, financing over 600 restaurants throughout the country. In the last 12 months, Raj helped to raise over $150 million for inKind. Despite his busy schedule as an entrepreneur, he found time to help build a fence around his former pastor’s yard in north Austin. When friends needed food and water during Austin’s snowstorm in 2021, Raj drove through treacherous conditions to deliver supplies. He always tried to make life easier for those he loved.
He was a talented soccer player who woke up at dawn to watch Chelsea FC matches. He enjoyed snowboarding, baseball (go Dodgers), basketball (Laker fan from birth), good food and spending time with family and friends. He brought people together, and made those around him feel welcome and heard.
The warmth of his presence lives on in memory, giving us solace in our time of sadness and grief. He is survived by his loving parents Kavan and Ruth, two older brothers Mark and Johann, two nephews Nathan and Malachi, niece Makayla, his furry children Lulu and Houston, brother and sister-in-law Andy Harris and Jimol, cousins, aunts, uncles, and countless friends. Rajan will be missed beyond words, but never forgotten.
Memorial service to be held at Christian Assembly, 2424 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles, CA on December 9, 2022, at 11 a.m.