I.S. "Sam" Lazarov,
83 years old, long time resident of Indianapolis passed away Saturday, October 19th at his home surrounded by his loving family. Sam was born on September 24, 1930 in Memphis, TN to Harry and Katy (Sandler) Lazerov.
A graduate of the University of Miami with a degree in Business, Sam was a highly regarded builder and developer in the Indianapolis area for many years. He served honorably during the Korean War as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Sam started his career in the building business working for Shelby Construction Company. He took classes in engineering and architecture and began building on his own. He was an award winning pioneer in real estate development. One of his projects was featured at the Indiana University School of Business as an early example of a successful condominium project.
He was an avid pilot and owned his own plane and served as president of the Indianapolis Aero Club. During his presidency he invited speakers from all over the world. Most of whom were war heroes such as Brigadier General Paul Tibbets; most noted for flying the Enola Gay over Japan. Sam was honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor O'Bannon in 1999.
Sam is survived by his beloved family; his wife Fran Calderon Lazarov, his devoted children; David A. (Heather) Lazarov of Carmel; daughter, Florence (Doniel) Reznik of Indianapolis and grandchildren Gabriel and Karen Reznik and Blake Lazarov. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Dena Shapiro.
Sam was a member of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, Etz Chaim Sephardic Congregation, B'nai Torah Congregation and a former member of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary , 11411 North Michigan Road. Burial will follow in Beth-El Zedeck North Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Sam's memory to
, Chai Life Line or donor's favorite charity.
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