Vazken Tashinian completed his life journey on February 28, 2014 and is now at rest at the age of 90.
Vazken is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Margaret; his two children, Linda Drummond and David Tashinian (Michele); his grandsons, Jason Drummond (Debra), Geoffrey Drummond (Christine), Kevin Tashinian (Stacy) and Joel Tashinian; and his great grandchildren, Andrew Tashinian, Logan Drummond, and Teagan Tashinian. Preceded in death by his sister, Vanoosh Tashinian.
Vazken was born on February 29, 1924 in Fresno, California to Servant and Harry Tashinian. He first met his future wife when he was only 3 years old and she was one. Vazken graduated from Lowell High School in San Francisco and then continued on to school at Cal Berkeley. He proudly served in the Army during World War II and received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his efforts. His army service was chronicled in the book Faces Of Courage by Richard Demirjian. Upon returning from the war, Vazken graduated with a degree in Chemistry and worked in the Chemistry department at Cal Berkeley until his retirement. After retiring, he enjoyed playing golf at Mira Vista Country Club with his friends.
Vazken's loving spirit and sense of humor will be sorely missed. He was truly one in a million and will live on forever in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
A private service will be held for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to
in Vazken's name.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Mar. 7 to Mar. 9, 2014