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Donald Koskoff


1917 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Donald Koskoff Obituary
August 13, 1917 - December 31, 2017 Donald Samuels Koskoff achieved his goal of living 100 years. An inspiration to every generation of his family, Donald reminded himself and those around him daily that he was the luckiest man. He often said that the greatest thing that happened to him in life was having two daughters Joan Rosen and Nancy Strick, and a wonderful wife of 64 years Marilynn Moyse. He told all that would listen that his grandchildren Scott Rosen, Daniel Strick, Julie Miller, and Debra Rivera all obtained advanced degrees. His 8 great-grandchildren Shannon, Emily, Matthew, Max, Kate, Megan, Jacob, and Desmond were a source of joy. Donald was born in Denver, Colorado, to David Koskoff and Dora Gardenswartz on August 13, 1917. Don moved to Los Angeles at the age of two, and grew up in a multi-cultural community near the Coliseum. He attended Fairfax High (1935) and graduated from UCLA. Don and his brothers Stan and Bob were amongst the first employees at the Los Angeles Farmer's Market. Like his father, he was a member of the projectionist union. Donald reached the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. He received the Presidential Unit Citation as part of an anti-submarine warfare task force in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He also enlisted to serve on the USS Los Angeles heavy cruiser in the Korean War. He was the comptroller of Golden Bear Oil Company which later became Witco. An avid world traveler well into his nineties, Don visited every state capital and a total of 99 countries. Don was a high energy individual; he enjoyed backpacking, fishing, tennis, handball, and body surfing. A humble yet inspiring man, he instilled in his family and friends the importance of education, travel, and setting attainable goals. He passed peacefully at home in the afternoon of December 31, 2017. Donald recently celebrated his 100th birthday as the life of the party amongst an overflowing gathering of family, including his beloved sister Charlotte. The family will hold private celebrations in his honor to celebrate a life well lived and loved. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center or towards finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 3, 2018
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