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Jacob Adajian


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Jacob Adajian Obituary
June 3, 1936 - January 27, 2018 Jacob Adajian, age 81, died on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Jacob was born in Paterson, New Jersey, to Samuel and Sarah (Phillian) Adajian and was the second eldest of five children. At age 14, Jacob's family resettled in California. He served as a paratrooper in the Army, from 1955 to 1958. Though he dropped out of high school at age 17 to help support his family, Jacob later attended Southwestern Law School and passed the California Bar exam in 1969. From there he enjoyed a long and successful law career, starting as a City Attorney, and eventually becoming a partner in the law firm, Ash, Vidas, and Adajian. In 1995, Jacob was appointed as a Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge, and worked many years on the bench, both in Los Angeles and Long Beach, and formally retired as a Superior Court Judge in 2006. After retirement, Jacob worked on assignment in Downey, Norwalk, and Long Beach courthouses and continued to be a valued mentor to many attorneys. Jacob is survived by his two daughters, Shelley and Joelle Adajian, his grandchildren, Aidan and Layna Mannella, his stepchildren Leo and Kimberly Clouser, from his marriage to Kenia Casarreal, who passed away in 2010, his step-grandson Lars, and his older sister Aurora Lehmann. Jacob was known to all as a kind and patient man. He loved life, appreciated and enjoyed every day, and always encouraged and helped others to do so. He rarely raised his voice, had an ability to make anyone feel comfortable instantly, and had a keen and judicious mind that was capable of looking at both sides of situations fairly. He was a tolerant, generous and compassionate man who was loved by many and who will be greatly missed. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach, located at 241 Cedar Avenue, in Long Beach, California. Relatives and friends are welcome both at the service and at the reception immediately following. Jacob's family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to a .
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 14 to Feb. 18, 2018
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