OBITUARY: John Gary Agajanian, 1964-2023 | Lost Coast Outpost

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Gary Agajanian passed away unexpectedly on January 21, 2023, in
Eureka at the age of 58 to be with his Creator.

to Lynn and Gary Agajanian on July 21, 1964, in Arcadia, California,
John spent the first seven years of his life in Southern California.
During this time, he attended St. John’s Elementary School in
Baldwin Park, California. In 1971, John and his parents, along with
his maternal grandparents and other family members, moved to Humboldt
County. Later, his paternal grandparents, as well as two of his
paternal aunts, uncle and cousins relocated from southern California
to Humboldt County as well.

He attended Fortuna elementary schools
and after moving to Eureka, attended St. Bernard’s Academy High
School from which he graduated in 1982. He played football at St.
Bernard’s during his tenure and became a dedicated booster and
supporter of the academy during his adult life. He was a Crusader
to the end.

graduating high school, John enjoyed careers in the local business
community. He was the original owner of Eureka’s Donut Mill, worked
for Nabisco, Frito Lay and, for the last eleven years until his
passing, managed the family business, Albee & Buck, owned by his
parents Lynn and Gary and his aunt Patty.

enjoyed backpacking, camping, fishing, hunting and golf—not
necessarily in that order! However, his greatest joy in life came
from his relationships with his son Seth and daughter Emily. They
were an incredibly tight and supportive family unit. There was
absolutely nothing that John would not do for his children. Although
an only child, John never lacked for “siblings” as he had
nineteen first cousins! Maternal cousins include: David, Mike,
Glenn, Gary, Billy, Dan, Reuben, Diego, Matt, Amanda, and Kathryn.
Paternal cousins include: Robin, Karen, Sam, Chrissy, Tiffany,
Jennifer, Layni, and Danny. John was always supportive of family and
friends. He sometimes had a gruff exterior, but when it came to
someone in need, he was very caring and compassionate, and his gruff
manner would fold “like a house of cards” to assist. He
had a soft spot for animals as well. John was known for his keen,
and sometimes wicked, sense of humor. His “sibling”
cousins particularly enjoyed his humor as it was often directed
towards the “interfering” parents, aunts and uncles. John
was a master griller and made the BEST guacamole in the state.

is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and
Georgiana Darnall; his paternal grandparents, Agase and Lucille
Agajanian; his uncle Sam and aunt Roberta Agajanian; his uncle Aggie
Agajanian; and his cousins Glenn Thompson and William “Billy”

is survived by his parents Lynn and Gary Agajanian; his son Seth and
daughter-in-law Kate Agajanian; his daughter Emily Agajanian and her
fiancée Mike Sanchez; his aunts and uncles: Liz Agajanian, Patricia
Thompson, Rodney and Ginger Agajanian, Penny Agajanian, Cindy Darnall
Stevens and Scott Stevens, Randi Darnall Burke and Raymond “Bud”
Burke, and Steve and Karla Darnall.

is also survived by his remaining seventeen first cousins and their
partners: Robin and Paul Neal, David Thompson, Karen and Dennis
Mansfield, Sam and Marilee Agajanian, Michael Thompson and Janice
Barron, Chrissy and Steve Ambrosini, Gary Thompson and Kay Lee
Thompson, Lara Thompson, Tiffany and Clint Walker, Jennifer and Jason
Ramos, Layni Agajanian, Dan and Carrie Thompson, Danny and Cher
Agajanian, Reuben and Nikki Rael, Diego Rael, Matt Darnall and
Kathleen Kiernan, Amanda Stevens and John Guzman, and Kathryn Darnall
Helms and Oliver Helms. John is also survived by numerous second,
third, fourth, etc., cousins. He had quite the extended family, and
as John would say, “it’s for both better and worse, but mostly
better. “

will always love and miss you, “Sonner”! You live in our
hearts forever.

memorial mass for John will be held at Sacred Heart Church, Myrtle
Ave., Eureka, on February 18, 2023, at 11 a.m. A reception will
follow at Lifehouse, 2734 Hubbard Lane, Eureka. In lieu of flowers,
please consider donating to the St. Bernard’s scholarship fund or a
charity of your choice. Arrangements provided by Sanders Funeral


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