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)

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15 responses to James L. Matossian

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  1. Such an amazing, kind man! James was such a pleasure to have as a patient and a friend. One of the most positive people I have ever met. Thank you James for bringing sonshine into our office every time you walked through the door. I’m sure you are enjoying your new home and can’t wait to see you there!

  2. I met James while working at Anaheim Stadium. He had a love for baseball and was a fan of all teams. We attended lots of games. He also loved fishing and taught me how to fish. We spent lots of time fishing in Big Bear. James was the finest Christian man I have ever known. His love for the Lord and people was remarkable. He was such a blessing to me. James showed me how I could afford to buy a home and for that I’ll be forever grateful. There is a definite void in my life now that Janes is gone. I am comforted knowing James is now with our Lord.

  3. Our family loved when James came to birthday parties and family events with Kathleen. We also got to see him at Star PAK performances where he treated our kids like they were extra grandkids! He was always full of life and so excited to hear what everyone was doing. He was a wonderful man – his cheerfulness was contagious. He will definitely be missed!! Our condolences to you all!!! ❤️❤️

  4. Bob and Tom,
    Bob, I remember you as one of my favorite Operators in Operator Services(Probably Mission Viejo)
    I remember your Dad visited our office once and all the ladies were quite “smitten” with your handsome Dad!!!
    I am sure you remember my NOW husband, Phil (PK) Williams from PacBell Installation/Repair,

    We both send you our sincere condolences on the loss of your father.

    Phil Williams and Cheryl Tucker-Williams

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