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Benjamin Kazar Kazarian Jr.


1928 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Benjamin Kazar Kazarian Jr. Obituary
October 28, 1928 - November 19, 2015 Benjamin Kazar Kazarian Jr., the son of Benjamin and Pearl Kazarian, passed away peacefully at his home in Rolling Hills, California on November 19, 2015 at the age of 87. He was born October 28, 1928 in Los Angeles, California. As a young man he became an accomplished concert pianist at the direction of his Mother. Music became a large part of his young life. He met his wife Dona in high school and found that she also played the piano. The two fell in love quickly and would play duet piano recitals later in high school. Ben and Dona were married August 8, 1948 and later became long-time residents of Rolling Hills, California where they raised their four sons. Ben joined his Father in the family rubbish business in the Los Angeles area. With his Father's guidance and Ben's tenacity, the two were successful and grew the business. In 1953 they co-founded BKK Corporation, a leader in the waste management industry in Los Angeles. Starting with a handful of employees, over the next five decades Ben directed his company's expansion into every facet of the industry. Eventually, all four sons worked their way into prominent positions within the company. He loved spending time with his family at Lake Tahoe and coaching his sons and their friends through little league and high school baseball. Ben was also a racecar enthusiast. He and Dona were long time members of the Peninsula Committee Children's Hospital benefiting Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He was a cherished husband, devoted father, generous grandfather and great grandfather, and friend to many. He was completely dedicated to his family and wife Dona. He was a man of integrity whose actions personified his values and a great sense of humor that always greeted you with a smile. For those of us lucky enough to have known Ben personally, his passing has created a void that will never be filled. May he now rest peacefully in the arms of his Heavenly Father. Ben is the father of four children, Ken (Lynn), Dan, Kris (Julie), Don (Kim) and thirteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A memorial luncheon will be held on Friday December 4th at 12pm at Rolling Hills Country Club, rollinghillscc.com. The family has asked that in-lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, www.chla.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 24, 2015
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