James L. Matossian

James L. Matossian

October 20, 1930 - April 07, 2022
Laguna Hills California

James L. Matossian

October 20, 1930 - April 07, 2022
Laguna Hills California


James L. Matossian
(10/20/30 – 4/7/22)

Son of: Arsen and Eliza Matossian

Brother of:  John Haig Matossian June 25,1929 – July 5, 2010
Mary Elizabeth Winfrey December 14, 1931
Paul Sarkis Matossian June 5, 1933 – May 22, 2009
Lucille Grace Isenberg January 5, 1935- June 20, 2016
David Benjamin Matossian January 29, 1938

Husband of:  Margie Fay Tanner married August 26, 1956 – March 15, 1977

Father of three:  Thomas Matossian
Robert Matossian
Deborah Motley

Grandfather of eight:  James, Michael, Thomas, Sarah, Sophie, Abigail, Lindy and Makayla

James was born and raised in Los Angeles by an immigrant Armenian family that valued their faith above all else. The Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles was their church home. James served his country in the Navy during the Korean War for 4 years. Upon his discharge, he continued his education on the G.I. Bill, enrolling at L.A. City College, receiving an A.A. in psychology.  He was hired with Pacific Telephone company as an installer, moved onto sales and eventually, office manager. He retired in 1986 from Pacific Bell.

James was very active in his family’s lives. He spent many hours watching his grandchildren play soccer, basketball, baseball, and perform on stage. He was proud to attend Grandparent’s Day at school. He also cared deeply for all his “granddogs.”

True to Armenian tradition, James enjoyed shopping and spending hours in Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores where he was known by name. He would purchase a selection of meats, fruits, breads, and vegetables at bargain prices.  He often distributed them to family members and the needy, always giving God the Glory for his provision.

In 2012, James moved from his home of many years to independent living at Villa Valencia in Laguna Hills.  In the ten years as a resident there, it was a blessing to see God use James and his famous granddog, Boomer, to brighten the lives of his neighbors.

In January 2022, James was rushed to the emergency room due to pain.  At that visit, they found a tumor in his bladder. Next came hospitalization, rehabilitation, and five weeks under the excellent care of the team at Verona Court. In the early morning hours of April 7th, his family received the news that James had passed away into his eternal home with Jesus in heaven.


Service Times

Sunday April 24th at 2pm at O’Connor Mortuary (webcast will be available)

In lieu of flowers please donate to Thru the Bible Radio Network, P.O. Box 7100, Pasadena, CA 91109
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15 responses to James L. Matossian

  1. Going to miss you James ?? your eyes how they twinkled & kind your Happy smile and conversations while getting your hair cut….your wisdom and knowledge of life , Loving and kind man???????????????I will miss you??

  2. Every morning… he was my shining star. In the hallways, lobby, elevator, diningroom or my office. He would say such amazing kind words to re focus my outlook on life. He will be greatly missed and remembered by me! Thank you for the cook books you gave Danielle and me. Rest in peace James

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