Longtime resident of Eatonville, Dr. Enayatollah “Enayat” Sobhani passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Born in Tehran, Iran, on Nov 15th, 1948, Enayat embodied the strong faith and deep love of family he learned from his parents, Zohourollah and Ziaieh Sobhani.
Enayat emigrated to the United States in 1970. He graduated from Sherman College of Chiropractic in South Carolina, where he met and married Judith Scavone. After a few years in New York City they moved to Washington, drawn by Judy’s love of the mountains. They settled briefly in Graham before finding their way to Eatonville in 1980, where they raised their girls. Enayat served the community as a Chiropractor in Eatonville and never tired of counting the elk in the herds visible from the window of their home on Lynch Creek Rd.
Enayat always saw the best in people and loved to tell a story. “To make a long story short…” was one of his favorite phrases and might indicate the beginning as well as it could the end of a saga. He was known to laugh so hard he would cry, a trait his family loved.
A devout member of the Baha’i faith, Enayat was a very spiritual man. He would happily spend hours discussing religion with patients, friends, or anyone interested. Enayat later married Arlene Elwood and together they traveled to Haifa for a cherished visit to the Holy Land. Enayat composed countless mantras, poems and songs that reflected his love of God and eternal optimism. He also published a book of spiritual mantras after he retired from his Chiropractic practice.
A lover of Persian music (the louder and more melodic the better), Enayat sang constantly and taught himself to play the Persian drums and Santour, always carrying them in his car which led to many impromptu living room concerts. Later in life he carried a tambourine everywhere he went, offering joyful songs at dialysis, on car rides or on the phone with family.
Enayat is survived by his daughters, Zia Sobhani (Josh Pieper) and Neda Sobhani (Aly Kanoute); his brother, Mouhebat Sobhani; his sister, Bahi (Alton) Williams; his grandchildren, Cyrus Pieper, Dehseh Kanoute and Samira Pieper; his caregiver and cousin, Hessam Sobhani; and many dear relatives and friends.
He is remembered for his kindness, love and positivity. As Enayat would say in greeting or farewell, “Peace, health, happiness be unto you.”