Kay Assad Astarabadi

Kay Assad Astarabadi

January 01, 1934 - January 25, 2010

Kay Assad Astarabadi

January 01, 1934 - January 25, 2010


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.

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6 responses to Kay Assad Astarabadi

  1. Debra Turner says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Love, Debbie Turner and Family

  2. Ben Cottrell says:

    To Gloria,Sarah,Leila,& Lemia
    Your father was a wonderful man,he was always fun-loving and just a great Dad.I have so many great memories of him that I will always remember Kay for his big smile and his great laugh.

    I will pray for all of you and I know that Kay is with Jesus now and forever.

    God Bless

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember all the fun times we had as kids tearing up the neighborhood. Your dad was the best and always made me feel welcome in your home. He will truly be missed. With Love, Leslie

  4. Lili Ruane says:

    My love and prayers are with you all. He left an incredible legacy in his beautiful family.
    My deepest condolences,

  5. Ross Humphry says:

    Ross and I have wonderful memories of when we were neighbors–Kay was such a wonderful person who always made people happy. He is missed. Our love to the whole family. Ross and Karen Humphry

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