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Obituary for John Odabashian

December 27, 1932 - March 4, 2018
Lakeway, Texas | Age 85


John Odabashian, 85, passed away on March 4, 2018 at the Baylor, Scott and White Medical Center in Lakeway, Texas after a 3 year battle with several health complications. He fought like a champion, but in the end, his heart could not take it anymore and just stopped. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at 2pm on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home in Lakeway, Texas. A Mexican fiesta, complete with mariachis and tacos will be held later this year in Mexico City.

John was born to Armenian, immigrant parents in Mexico City, Mexico where he lived until he was 13 years old when he moved to Fresno, California and attended Fresno High School. He later went on to study business at UCLA where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and a manager for the UCLA football team (1 Rose Bowl appearance). One of his more proud achievements in college was probably his role as Social Chairman and President of the Kelps (a men's school spirit club that was founded in 1948 and was to conduct some of UCLA's most ingenious pranks for the next decade). The most mischievous prank, under his leadership, came during the week of a UCLA - USC football game when the group sawed off the sword of the well-guarded USC statue, Tommy Trojan, and soldered it to the rear part of his anatomy. This playful behavior continued for the rest of his life. He always had a great, dry sense of humor and was a prankster until the day he died. This is what made his marriage to his first wife Nancy Stimson, and his more recent marriage to Laura, last for over 25 years each!

Over the next 60 years he lived in various places around the world including Spain (where he met Nancy), California, Guatemala, Venezuela, Chile, Mexico and New Jersey. Recently, he was in the process of moving to Austin, permanently, with his wife, Laura. Throughout his life, he absolutely loved to work and was instrumental in mentoring many people during his career in his no-nonsense way. Even in retirement, he served in an advisory capacity for the Frigus-Therme Group. His other true passion was golf. He loved the game as well as the comradery and the daylong rituals involved as a member of the Chapultepec Golf Club in
Mexico City. He had a rough and tough exterior, but was a big softie inside who was very emotional, caring, and sensitive. He would do absolutely anything for his family and friends, and did. He was the embodiment of character who believed in saying what he felt, looking people in the eye, giving firm handshakes, and thinking positively. He would fill a room with his personality and spunk, and had a rewarding and exciting life. He did everything with full intention, jumping in with both feet and never doing things halfway. He had a special way with people (young and old), was respected and loved by all who knew him, and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Odabashian; his son, Scott Odabashian and his wife, Wendy, of Irvington, New York; his son, Mark Odabashian of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; his stepson, Todd Parson and his wife Valerie of Dallas, Texas; and 5 loving grandchildren - Ali, Cole, Kyle, Susanna and Lucy. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Markarian (2017), first wife Nancy (1989), and parents Nerces and Vartouhi Odabashian.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make donations in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project at:

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411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734
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