Youssef Iskandar Lazo

Youssef Iskandar Lazo

June 05, 1930 - November 13, 2011

Youssef Iskandar Lazo

June 05, 1930 - November 13, 2011


Youssef Iskandar Lazo
June 5, 1930 November 13, 2011

Youssef Iskandar Lazo was born in Cairo, Egypt on June 5, 1930 to Iskandar and Jamilé (née Saïde). Youssef was the youngest child and only boy. He had four sisters, Angèle (deceased), Germaine (deceased), Eugenie, and Marie.

After his father passed on, Youssef relocated to Lebanon with his mother in the 1960s. It was there that he met his future wife, Regina (née Hattouni). The two were married on July 4, 1969. His work took them to Libya, where his older son, Alexandre, was born April 19, 1972. The family then returned to Lebanon, where his younger son, Marc, was born October 2, 1975. The family then moved to Egypt for a couple of years, again due to a work transfer, then back to Lebanon.

Due to the uncertainties related to the Lebanese Civil War, the family relocated to the United States on May 10, 1979. They initially resided in Los Angeles, where Youssef’s sister, Eugenie, had been living with her family. Then, they moved to Orange County, where they have been ever since.

Before emigrating to the United States, Youssef worked for SITA, a large air transport communications corporation. In the United States, Youssef worked for Mobil Oil Corporation for 13 years, retiring in 1995. Because of his strong work ethic, Youssef continued to work part-time for several years, before finally relaxing to a comfortable retirement with Regina and Marc at their residence in Laguna Niguel.

The final years of Youssef’s life were spent at home and according to his own terms. He loved painting, fixing broken (and even not so broken) items in the house, working in the garden, and shopping at his own leisure. He made sure Regina had her daily cup of coffee before she left for work, and Marc had his sliced orange wedges.

Youssef flourished in three separate countries, Egypt, Lebanon, and the United States. He instilled in his two sons a tremendous work ethic, the importance of self-reliance, and the value of family. In the final days of Youssef’s life, it was his family that took care of him with the same love and kindness that he had shown toward them throughout their lives.

Youssef will be missed by many, but the legacy he leaves and the influence he had on so many lives will live forever. His son, Alex, is raising his own family according to the principles that his father instilled in him, while his other son, Marc, is pursuing his career with the same work ethic that his father inspired in him.

Youssef Iskandar Lazo passed on November 13, 2011 in the loving presence of his family. May God rest his soul in eternal bliss, and may the strong presence he had within his own family live on forever.

He is survived by his wife, Regina, his two sons, Alex and Marc, two sisters, Eugenie and Marie, and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 11:00AM on Friday, November 18 at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Anaheim.

Donations may be made to
St John Maron Church Building Fund
300 South Flower Street
Orange, CA 92868

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27 responses to Youssef Iskandar Lazo

  1. Patti Martin says:

    Lit a candle in memory of Youssef Iskandar Lazo

  2. I am sorry that I did not have the privilege of meeting Mr. Lazo but I have had the good fortune of knowing Mrs Lazo, Alex and his family and Marc through our church. Mr. Lazo’s obituary tells the story of a good man who lived a full life and had great accomplishments and I believe that Alex and Marc must be his two greatest accomplishments, two fine young men, loving and dedicated to their family and friends with high morals and exemplary work ethics.
    Rest in peace Mr. Lazo your legacy will live on. May God welcome you into His kingdom.
    Suad Saqr Ammar

  3. Dear Lazo family,
    I was very saddened to hear about the passing of your wonderful father. He was such a loving person with a great sense of humor. He really enjoyed life and it was a blessing to know him. I have so many memories of my childhood spent with your family and I always hold them close to my heart.
    May God rest his soul in peace. I pray that the holy spirit is with you in this very difficult time to comfort you. Please accept our sincere condolences.
    Ghada and William Scull

  4. Emile Sawaya says:

    We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Regina, Alex and Marc. May Youssef rest in peace and our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
    -Emile & Kylee Sawaya

  5. Toutou’s departure has been very painful and our grief is beyond control.
    We enjoyed our daily conversations through phone and/or Skype with Video. Toutou’s sincerity and love were always easily felt.

    He was first in undertaking the care of his parents until God called them.He did that affectionately and with devotion.
    He also gave full attention to his wife,Regina, and two sons,Sacha and Marc.He,with the exemplary support of Regina,raised well their sons who,in return,give them much pride.Toutou’s siblings and rest of the family received his same consideration. No wonder, every body reciprocated his love.

    Toutou handled many jobs at SITA and Mobil Oil for long years. All tasks entrusted to him were completed successfully and he was well appreciated. His work was tiresome; nevertheless he was always ready to go to the home of whoever sought his help to fix any thing that needed repair. He did that spontaneously and skillfully regardless of the effort and time he had to spend.
    It was always Toutou that came to our mind right away, to call in case of any urgency.

    Toutou liked to add some delightful touches to our house. With patience and dexterity, he made audio connections to our stereo and tuned our TV colors. Also,he and Regina
    sent us many gifts at various occasions.They were quite thoughtful in selecting what is appropriate,useful and beautiful.The strikes of the received Cuckoo Clock transmit their love.

    Lately, Toutou suffered a lot, so he looked to Heaven for relief. He is now enjoying the Heavenly Love and Peace, while leaving us stricken with grief. This is not what we used to get from Toutou. Well, he is just praying for us to rejoice with him in Paradise. We will join you, dear Toutou, before long. Our love to you is eternal.

    Kamal & eugenie

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