Kay Assad Astarabadi was born in Baghdad, Iraq in the year 1934. He left Iraq when he was 14 to attend private school in Beirut, Lebanon. It was his lifelong dream to move to the United States. Soon after graduating from high school, he embarked on his journey to America. He attended Oklahoma A & M with his cousin Adnan Astarabadi. In 1957, he and his cousin drove to California and found his true home and love.
Kay met Gloria the first day he arrived in Fresno. It was their destiny. They were married in August of 1960, Fresno, California. Kay graduated with an AA degree from Fresno City College. He worked at Fresno Distributing for over 10 years. Kay also worked for Thrifty Supply Company. He joined Nutone and was employed for over 25 years and then retired.
Kay was a devoted father of three daughters: Sarah Jill Church, Leila Christine Astarabadi and Lemia Kay Astarabadi; and a loving grandfather to Nolan Ryan Church, Sydney Kay Church and Jensen Bentley Meeker.
Kay and Gloria resided in Fresno for over 35 years and then moved down to South Orange County. He continued to work for Nutone in Southern California until his retirement. Kay was a family man and the embodiment of a father for many people besides his own children.
Kay is also survived by his siblings: Soham Astarabadi, Menal Jafar, Hijran Isterabadi and Zaid Astarabadi.
Services will be held at O’Connor Mortuary Laguna Hills Chapel 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday January 26, 2010. Burial will be in Fresno, California at Belmont Memorial Park, 201 North Teilman Avenue at 1:00 p.m.