Fred Alexander Karam

Fred Alexander Karam

May 11, 1934 - March 20, 2024

Fred Alexander Karam

May 11, 1934 - March 20, 2024

Obituary

Fred Karam passed away in his sleep March 20, 2024. He was 89 years young and loved by everyone he touched.

Fred was born in Cameroon to an influential Lebanese family and he was very proud of his Lebanese heritage. They resided in Lebanon, Nice and Cameroon where they were in the agricultural business. He graduated from the University of Aix en Provence where he studied law. Fluent in 6 languages, Fred was the consummate French gentleman, always in his signature hat.

Fred immigrated to the United States and was an entrepreneur starting many businesses. His primary business was a medical X ray supply business, ITM, which he later sold. His timing was brilliant – it was right before digital replaced film.

Always with a keen eye to future opportunities and leveraging his family’s agricultural experience. Over 40 years ago Fred bought land in the Cuyama Valley and planted pistachio trees. He was very active in all aspects of the farm from harvest, to roasting, to marketing. Today, Karam Pistachio Farms is a successful family business.

Locally, Fred was instrumental in the formation of Laguna Beach Sister Cities and getting the first Sister City, Menton, France with his contacts, language, and love of France. He was the liaison to the French Consulate in Los Angeles and always got the consul general to attend Sister Cities Fête de la Musique held annually in June.

Fred is survived by his wife Jennifer, sons Matthew and John, daughter Lisa and two grandchildren. He has a large family in Lebanon and France including three brothers and two sisters. Rest in peace Fred, a man who only knew the word yes and would give everything of himself for others.

Vigil Service

  • Date & Time: April 8, 2024 (7:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: April 9, 2024 (10:00 AM)
  • Venue: St. Catherine Of Siena Catholic Church
  • Location: 1042 Temple Terrace Laguna Beach, CA 92651 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 497-9701

Graveside Service

  • Date & Time: April 9, 2024 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: El Toro Memorial Park
  • Location: 25751 Trabuco Road Lake Forest, CA 92630 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 951-9102

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3 responses to Fred Alexander Karam

  1. Fred, you will be sorely missed. You were always such a kind and intelligent man to me and my family. I always enjoyed our talks about the world, life and traveling and I am glad you got to meet Kaytee and Marison. My family and I send our love. Give Ellis a big hug from us and know you will always be in our hearts. Love Michael

  2. David Akiba says:

    Dear Fred,
    I really enjoyed being part of your extended family. The discussions we’ve had about life, family and business were always very enlightening.
    You’ve always shown extreme kindness to me, my wife, my kids, and my mother. You have always been an incredibly good man, and someone to look up to.
    I looked forward to seeing you at holidays and parties and loved our conversations in French. That you for letting me practice with you.
    I have missed seeing you the last few years while you were ill, and will miss your wisdom and kindness.
    Rest in peace my friend,
    David Akiba

  3. Ketty de Jesus says:

    Was a great pleasure getting to know , working taking care of you and be there with you at your last day .
    Go in peace my friend 🙏

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