Iraj David Shakib

Tuesday 11th of July 1939 - Thursday 16th of June 2022

Iraj David Shakib


Funeral Service

Jun 23, 2022 (10:00 am )

Milward-Man O' War

1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY

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Iraj David Shakib of Lexington, Kentucky died on June 16, 2022, at the age of 82, after a 23-year bout with cancer.  He died in his home with his wife, Phyllis Pierorazio Shakib to whom he was married for more than 34 years, by his side.

David was a devoted husband, family man, mechanical/electrical engineer, custom home builder, inventor, and proud American.  At age 18, he boarded a plane by himself headed from Esfahan, Iran to the United States to enroll himself in an American university before even learning the English language.  He attended the University of South Carolina and graduated with honors, earning a degree in mechanical engineering.  Upon graduation he took a job in Lexington, Kentucky with IBM.  David also completed a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Kentucky in his early years at IBM.

While achieving high levels of success including many awards and patents during his employment with IBM, David also began building homes. This home-building “hobby” was born out of his love for building from a very early age back in his hometown of Esfahan. 

David took a job at IBM Headquarters near White Plains, NY where he traveled globally as a technical advisor to an IBM vice president.  It was around this time that he met the love of his life, Phyllis.  Eventually, the two married and moved back to Lexington where David retired from IBM and started building fine custom homes full time.

David’s and Phyllis’ eye for detail and luxury along with David’s exceptional ability to build and complete anything to which he set his mind, allowed them to make their custom home business a huge success in Lexington.  Having purchased a 100-acres of land years earlier, David eventually subdivided the land into 10-acre lots and built some of the most luxurious custom homes in the area.  The first of which was his own home where he and Phyllis lived a quarter of a century, and the home where David took his final breath.

Over the years David helped bring his family to America to become US citizens, including his brother John Shakib, sisters Soussan Shakib Tarter and Simin Shakib Goedeking, and parents Nemat and Yafa Shakib.

David is survived by his wife Phyllis, brother John, sisters Soussan and Simin, mother-in-law Lillian, sister-in-law Olivia, brothers-in-law, Bernard and Joseph, sons Keith and Darren, daughter Monnie, nine grandchildren, Laura, Amy, Michael, Ryan, D.J., Aria, Nathan, McKenna, and Ethan and 7 great-grandchildren.

Preceding David in death were his parents, Nemat and Yafa, his father-in-law Joseph Pierorazio, and his sister-in-law Martha Shakib.

David will be remembered as an incredibly hardworking, brilliant builder who loved being an American and most of all, loved and was proud of his family.

The funeral will be held at Milward Funeral Home, 1509 Trent Blvd, on June 23 at 10 AM.

Family Visitation (Shiva) at the Shakib Residence, 3010 Brookmonte Lane, Thursday & Friday: 7pm-9pm, Saturday: 1pm-3pm.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at or Bluegrass Hospice Care at

Guest Book

Jacqueline Waddle


My condolences to all his family. It was my honor to have met him and to have been his hairstylist. I have sadly lost such a nice and humble client.

4 days ago

Fleur & Hooshang Monsef


Please accept my condolences may he Rest In Peace

6 days ago

Sandra Gizzo


Dear Phyllis, Our deepest condolences to you and your family for the passing of David. May he rest in eternal peace. Fernanda DeSanctis Carozza, Carmine & Sandra, Frank & Laurie, Joe & Carol

1 week ago

Forouz Nejathaim


Our condolences to you all. He was one of the most special people I had the privilege to call my cousin! My family and I are very sorry about loosing one of the most amazing people in our family ! Rest In Peace my wonderful cousin! 😢

1 week ago

Pat Blair


If we could only clone this handsome amazing man! David was highly successful but he remained ever so humble. For sure, this community is richer for him being a part of it. He loved his family dearly and had a cute story to tell you about each of his children - but never leaving out the updates and love he had for Phyllis. We send our love and support to the family and feel so blessed to have known David and his beautiful family. We pray that the good memories will bring you peace. Pat and Herman Blair

1 week ago

Geri Katsantones


My deepest sympathy to the family and many friends of Mr. Shakib. The passing of such a wonderful and thoughtful man is a loss to all.

1 week ago