April 10, 1939 - October 11, 2013 Sam K. Abdulaziz passed away in his sleep on Friday, October 11, 2013. Sam was born on April 10, 1939, in Baghdad, Iraq and migrated with his family at a young age to New York where he would frequently watch Dodger games at Ebbets Field through a knot hole in the fence. His family moved to the Los Angeles area before Sam began High School. While married with a small child, he attended UCLA, where he played baseball, beginning his lifelong love of Bruin athletics. He graduated from the UCLA School of Business Administration with a Bachelor's of Science in 1962, and began working in the aerospace industry. With a full time job and two children at home he attended Loyola University School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1971. He became a member of the California State Bar in 1972. He garnered a gigantic reputation over the past four decades as one of the foremost experts in construction law in the State of California and across the nation, earning various awards and accommodations along the way. He spent that time writing and publishing articles and books, lecturing, litigating and arbitrating cases, serving as arbitrator, mediator, and judge pro tem as well as representing several construction related trade associations and exchanges as well as making many lasting friendships. He had a great sense of humor and was well known for his practical jokes. Sam is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joyce, his children Mike and Debbie, daughter-in-law Michele, son-in-law Kyle, grandchildren Kevin, Sarah, Benjamin and Samantha and sister Blanche Murad. He now joins his grandson Joey and parents Joseph and Rachael Abdulaziz, and sister Marguerite Levis to watch over the family. He was greatly respected, admired and loved by those that knew him and will be greatly missed. Donations may be made in Sam's name to the Alzheimer's foundation.
Published in Los Angeles Times from Oct. 13 to Oct. 18, 2013.