Levon Toumanian left us too early, he passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 5:55pm. His heart could no longer sustain the abuse of the Lung Cancer; however he did give it a good fight because Levon was strong, full of life, so optimistic and he wanted to live so much, but most importantly he didn't want to leave us alone.
He was born in Yerevan, Armenia on November 27, 1964. Levon graduated from the Gorneesar Anvan School. He became a Chef in 1980 and was so proud of his skills as a Chef, ask him to chop onions and he would show off. He loved to entertain and cook everything and anything to impress the guests.
In 1982-1984 he served the Russian Soviet Army. He loved to share his stories while in the Russian Armys. In 1984 he worked at the respected, Dvardu and Ararat Restaurant and later the NEDRON Factory as a Head Chef from 1986-1989. He was always an Entrepreneur; he adventured into various businesses thereafter and continued as much as he could until his last days.
Levon met Susan in November of 1990 while she was visiting Armenia. She was the reason that he moved to the United States in November 1991. Levon and Susan were married on May 30, 1992. Together, they overcame many obstacles that made them a stronger couple and complemented each other. On September 20, 1993 they were blessed with their miracle, their son, Arthur.
He loved everyone and if anyone would ask for something, he would immediately get it. He loved his family and in his way, he always looked out for his family. “Family Time” was very important to him, the big picture was important to him. His most important, “Family Time” was watching “Breaking Bad” with Arthur. I know he liked the show but it was more important that he spent the time with his son, Arthur.
Music was a big part of his life, he played by ear most instruments that he had, he even self taugh himself the saxaphone. He collected music CD's, instruments; including playing the Organ, Drums and even playing his Duduk. Lately he even started to write songs and created the music with it. When he entertained he would want to play music or create a band for that day, even if he had to where his Jamaican wig while playing the drums or guitar. He had a different sense of humor, always made everyone smile and laugh. Even if you were mad at him and wanted to argue with him, he would turn the situation around and would make you laugh, so that you can no longer be mad at him.
There were unexpected times, such as feeding the neighborhood squirrel. The squirrel was spoiled, it would come to visit the backyard and Levon would leave it nuts. Levon made a special trip to the market to purchase so many peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, just to feed the 1 squirrel that would come and visit the backyard.
A new adventure for Levon was fishing, this habit became compulsive. He loved fishing, but he loved the company that went fishing with him more. He loved the time he spent with his son on these trips: they went to various lakes, as long as he was going fishing. Levon's fishing adventure became so adventurious that catching a trout or makeral was not enough. Like everything in life, his stride for bigger and better things, he wanted to catch the bigger fish. He caught the Striper but set his goal for the Sturgeon. He almost caught it, in the short time that he fished; he even entered fishing tournaments where he caught the only lightening trout.
Levon continued to work odd jobs in Sales, Electronics and ultimately Automobile sales. Levon took the Automobile industry by storm. The achievements he reached in Sales at American Honda were unmeassurable. He was the 1st Armenian to achieve Gold Master and he became the #1 sale person of the month, continuosly and consistantly for 13 years. He continued to achieve Gold Master in the Council of Sales Leadership, annually. The plaques on the wall of Honda of Pasadena represented his achievemens and still remain there in remembrance to him & his achievements, even if the plaques took over the dealership. Honda of Pasadena became his 2nd home away from home. He enjoyed spending time with his co-workers and piers. He even tried to teach his co-workers Armenian, look up youtube Levon Toumanian Honda of Pasadena.
In March of 2013 he was diagnosed with Lung Cancer and was no longer able to work because of his sickness and treatments. He never gave up his hope and belief; his belief in God became stronger. He continued to give a good fight, he always remained hopeful and he knew that his destiny was in God's hand. Sadly the Cancer had won the battle, it took him too early, he was freed from pain & suffering. He will be missed greatly by all. Levon is survived by his son, Arthur Toumanian; his wife Susan Toumanian; his sisters, Nune and Siranoush Toumanian and extended family members.
Signed: Susan Toumanian