Cazier Jr., Edward Coin
December 25, 1923 - February 27, 2013
Edward Coin Cazier, Jr., died in Los Angeles, California, on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, age 89, after a short struggle with cancer. The course of his life paralleled the emergence of California to prominence in the 20th Century, and after his wife and family, he reserved his principal allegiance to the Golden State. Edward was born on December 25, 1923, in Academy, California (near Fresno, and now a ghost town). He was named for his father, a University of Nevada-educated cattleman, who was born in 1893, in Toana, Nevada, and who grew up near Wells, Nevada. Edward's mother, Ruth Daugherty Cazier, (born 1897, in Ogalalla, Nebraska) graduated from the University of Utah, and moved to Wells to teach school. In 1921, Edward Sr. and Ruth were married, honeymooned at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California, and moved to Academy to resume Hereford cattle ranching. Edward attended numerous primary and secondary schools in southern and central California, with the family business changing from Hereford ranching to mining - first gold and then tungsten. The frequent moves ended when the family (now including brother John Matthew, born 1925) settled in Santa Monica. Edward Jr. graduated from Lincoln Junior High School, followed by Santa Monica High School in 1941, where he was co-captain of the football team, and class president. World War II
compressed the college years for many young men and women of the time, and Edward, who was also enrolled in Naval ROTC, completed a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley in 28 months. He joined the US Navy
as an Ensign, and after a short period of training in Norfolk, Virginia, served as an anti-submarine and gunnery officer on the USS Conway (DD-507) in the Western Pacific during the waning months of the war. Upon release to inactive duty in 1946, he took on a number of odd jobs. These included selling records for MGM Records, building houses and playing small roles in movies long-forgotten. Edward traveled to France, and attended university for two years at the Sorbonne in Paris and the University of Aix-en-Provence. Some wild oats having been sown, Edward decided to return to the United States to pursue a career in law. He entered the University of Southern California in 1949, and graduated with a JD degree in 1951. He was recalled immediately after graduation to active duty with the U. S. Navy during the Korean War
, and joined the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754) for service in the Sea of Japan as a Lieutenant. He was released again to inactive duty in 1953. In 1954, he joined the Los Angeles law firm of Martin, Hahn and Camusi, and began a professional partnership with Horace Hahn that would last 40 years. Hahn and Cazier organized a general practice in 1962, and, along with other partners, enjoyed long and successful operations as an independent firm, until combining with the larger Morgan, Lewis and Bockius firm in 1987. He served as a director of a number of public companies (E F Hutton, Maytag and Tesoro Petroleum) as well as in public service to numerous organizations. These included the American Cancer Society (President of Los Angeles Chapter and Chair of California Division), Los Angeles Dance Gallery (Director), Practicing Law Institute (Trustee), Health Partners Council of Los Angeles (Chair), California Arts Council (Chair), Governor's Task Force for California Competitiveness (Chair and Executive Editor of final report), Los Angeles Cancer Detection Center (President) and Associated Productions at the Los Angeles Music Center (Director). He took a year away from his legal practice to complete a Master's in tax law at New York University
during 1955 - 1956. It was at this time that he met his future wife, Yvonne Claire Martin (born 1929 in Pasadena, California). Edward and Yvonne married in 1957, and celebrated 55 years of marriage in the fall of 2012. They have three children, Edward Coin III, Matthew Martin and Claire Therese, two daughters-in-law: Suky Umana and Jennifer Sargent, and five grandchildren: Maria Isabella, Brendan Edward, Lillian Marie, Maximilian Olivier, and Oliver John. Edward enjoyed a long and productive life, full of associations with a diverse group of friends and colleagues from around the world, and from all walks of life. He travelled to most of the world, and stayed mentally and physically active until late November 2012. He appreciated and tasted beauty in many things: a well-tended rose garden, the literature of Garcia Marquez, performing arts of all kinds, and of course, good food and wine. He leaves behind a loving family, many friends, and many wonderful memories.