Raymond Cardenas

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June 5, 1931 - June 22, 2014 The Honorable Raymond Cardenas, Retired, of Pacific Palisades, California died on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the age of 83 at his home, surrounded by close family members. Raymond Cardenas was born on June 5, 1931 in Lompoc, California to Jesus Cardenas from Chihuahua, Mexico, and Catalina Barela of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The family resided in West Los Angeles, California. From his youth, Raymond set his mind to achieving academic success through hard work, and with the support of his father. UCLA became a cornerstone of his life, starting with his weeklong camping experience at UCLA's UniCamp in the summer of 1942. He attended University High School and was the Student Body President and an All-Western League Tailback. He matriculated to UCLA and earned his B.A. in Political Science in 1955. After graduating from UCLA, Ray joined the U.S. Army with active duty in The Korean War. Post service, he earned a Juris Doctorate from UCLA in 1959, and admitted to State Bar of California in 1961. Upon graduation, he married Monica Allen, an immigrant from England, and established a private law practice in West Los Angeles. He served as a member of the California State Bar Disciplinary Board and the Mexican-American Bar Association, of which he served as president in 1965. In 1975, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Raymond to the Los Angeles Superior Court. Judge Cardenas served 20 years on the bench. Upon his retirement, he arbitrated and mediated legal disputes. Concurrently, Raymond volunteered his time and expertise to the UCLA Board of Trustees and UniCamp. While his dedication to the law was strong, it was never surpassed by his devotion to his wife, children, and nine grandchildren. He loved rising early to read the Los Angeles Times, traveling, gardening, playing tennis, and time with their 9 grandchildren. His fight with Parkinson's was difficult, however just as he lived, he left this world graciously and with dignity. Raymond is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Monica, his children Marion (Jon), Gloria, Christina (Dan), Michael (Cory), grandchildren, Erin, Will, Clare, Matthew, Joseph, Catalina, Megan, Wyatt, and Harper, and siblings Arthur, Virginia and Louis. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to UniCamp at www.unicamp.org. A memorial mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Corpus Christi Church in Pacific Palisades, California.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 27, 2014
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