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Joseph "Joe" Yzurdiaga

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June 25, 1933 - September 14, 2015 On September 14, 2015 Joe Yzurdiaga succumbed to cancer after a courageous three-year battle. Joe peacefully passed away at home, in Montecito, CA, surrounded by his family. Joe was born in Chino, California to Joaquin and Eduvigis (Oteiza) Yzurdiaga in 1933. Even as a young child Joe displayed ambition reading the Saturday Evening Post at 9 years of age. At 11 years old he had a paper route where he travelled down dirt roads to make deliveries. He attended Chino High School where he was active in sports and was all CIF in football and baseball. Joe went on to UCLA on a football scholarship and was part of the ROTC program. He was a starter on the Frosh defensive team under the legendary Red Sanders in the day of the gutty little Bruins. Joe graduated from UCLA with a BA in Business Administration. In 1952 Joe met the love of his life, Patricia Patrick, and they were married in 1954. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years with the rank of Lt. JG. Joe's business career began at Owens Corning Fiberglass as a salesman. Later, he was hired by Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith and found his life long passion for investing. This passion lasted over 53 years with Joe working for several different firms. Through hard work and analysis, Joe achieved great success as an investment advisor. He loved his work and sadly, his illness forced him to retire from Crowell Weedon on August 31, 2015. Joe is preceded in death by his parents and survived by his devoted wife Patricia, his daughter Leslie Figari (Bryan), sons Ken Yzurdiaga (Dana) and Mark Yzurdiaga (Lisa), brother John Yzurdiaga (Sharon), grandchildren Linda Yzurdiaga, Michael Figari, Patrick Figari, Kate Yzurdiaga, Kevin Figari, and Maddy Yzurdiaga, and cousins and life long friends Juliet and Tony Campos and family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Academy of the West or Community Arts & Music (CAMA).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2015
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