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EKIZIAN, Arthur Art
EKIZIAN, Arthur 'Art' Longtime Lancaster resident and civic leader passed away on Monday, August 4 , 2014 surrounded by his children and dearest friends, he was 79. Art, the son of immigrant parents, was born on a farm in Dinuba, CA on July 27, 1935, the youngest of 4 children. He attended Fresno State, majoring in Math and later obtained his Master's Degree in Math from Tulane University. Art moved to the Antelope Valley to teach at Antelope Valley High School in 1961, after serving his country for two years in the US Army. Art enthusiastically shared his passion for Math and teaching and would later recall his years of teaching as some of the most fulfilling during his lifetime. Art met his wife Marilyn, who proceeded him in death in 1992, at an Armenian Church dance on New Year's Eve in 1964. They were married in 1965 and made their home in Lancaster. In 1972, Art opened the Westerner on Lancaster Boulevard and dedicated himself to serving his customers and the community for nearly 30 years. During the time he owned the Westerner, Art served as President of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, lead efforts to incorporate the City of Lancaster, was involved in the Downtown Business Association and was a vocal advocate for both the downtown revitalization and bringing the Performing Arts Theater to its current downtown location. He also spent many years volunteering for Desert Haven Enterprises. Art was tireless in all he did for his family, his friends and for his community. Art closed the Westerner in 2002 and approached retirement with his signature enthusiasm. He traveled avidly, saw as much of his beloved grandchildren as he could and stayed deeply connected to Lancaster. If you ran into Art in these later years you would have certainly heard a story about one of his grandchildren! His spirit is carried on through his son Douglas and his wife, Karen, his daughter Alison and her husband Ty, his grandchildren Aidan and Kate and his many nieces and nephews. Art succumbed to the effects of pancreatic cancer but he did not lose his battle. He fought the battle by continuing to live his life with positive energy, love, deep and abiding faith and dignity. Through his example of living, Art beat cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that charitable gifts be made either in person or by mail to City of Hope, Antelope Valley located at 44151 15th Street West in Lancaster. Please state in the check memo field 'In memory of Art Ekizian.' Visitation will be Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 3pm to 5pm at Halley-Olsen- Murphy Funerals & Cremations 44831 N. Cedar Avenue in Lancaster . Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014 at 2pm at the Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 W. Avenue J, followed by internment at Joshua Memorial Park.

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