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Jacob Adajian

Jacob Adajian, age 81, died on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. Jacob was born on June 3rd, 1936 in Paterson, New Jersey to Samuel and Sarah (Phillian) Adajian and was the second eldest of five children. When he was 14 years old, Jacob's entire family resettled in California. He enlisted as a paratrooper in the Army, serving from 1955 to 1958. Though he had to drop 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 as needed 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 step-children 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 and also located at the First Congregational Church.
Jacob cared deeply about donating to the causes he believed in. Therefore, his family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to a . Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obits.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 18, 2018
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