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Larry Zarian, first Armenian American on Glendale council, dies

October 14, 2011 |  7:56 am

Larry Zarian and sons
Larry Zarian, the first Armenian American to be elected to the Glendale City Council and a former mayor, has died.

Zarian, 73, died of blood cancer Thursday at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, his family said in a statement, according to the Glendale News-Press.

Zarian, who also had his own local cable show, “The Larry Zarian Forum,” was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death as Frank Sinatra songs played in the background.

“He cherished the gift of each day; he loved deeply and was loved deeply in return,” his family said in the statement. “He truly made a difference.”

In 1983, Zarian became the first Armenian American elected to the Glendale City Council, where he served for 16 years.

He served four terms as mayor, earning the nickname, “The People’s Mayor.”

He also served on the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and as a state transportation commissioner.

The hospital where he died planned to fly the flag at half staff Friday morning in his honor.

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Credit: Larry Zarian, left, with sons, from left, Lawrence, Vincent and Gregory. Credit: Zarian family.

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