Armenian Jerusalem
Former theological seminary
  Arshag Garabed Markarian passed away on August 5, 2013 at the age of 90 in Ventura CA. Born April 27, 1923 in Jerusalem to Garabed Markarian and Anna Kaplanian, Arshag moved to the United States in 1969 and was a resident of Ventura, California since 1975. Arshag attended Collège des Frères in Jerusalem after which he joined the family business at a young age. On April 23, 1950 Arshag married Julie Dickranian in Jerusalem. They had three children, Shakeh, Arda and Ohan. Arshag was a successful business owner. While in the clothing business in the middle east, his client list included the Royal Family of Jordan and other dignitaries. In California, Arshag founded Marc Arian Boutique in Glendale and Carpeteria in Ventura. Arshag never avoided an intellectual challenge. In his 80's he became computer literate and enjoyed a wide variety of online games like Bridge and Backgammon, both of which he enjoyed expert status. He often shopped online and was skilled at using Google to find the products he wanted to purchase up until his death. Arshag took up Golf at the age of 80 and practiced regularly to improve his game. Arshag enjoyed gardening, especially growing exotic fruit trees. Arshag was well known for hand- pollinating his beloved Cherimoya tree every season with great success. He loved to take long early morning walks along San Buenaventura State Beach. Arshag loved to tinker with “handyman” projects in his garage using a wide variety of tools, some of which he invented. Arshag is survived by: Julie, his wife of 63 years. His daughters Shakeh Karakashian, married to Levon Karakashian of Fresno and Arda Semerjian, married to Avo Semerjian of Santa Barbara. His son Ohan Markarian, married to Anya Markarian of Studio City. Six grandchildren:Gary Semerjian of Santa Barbara, Greg Semerjian, married to Gabrielle Semerjian of Santa Barbara, Carina Karakashian-Hollis, married to Michael Hollis of Irvine, Christina Karakashian-Zakarian married to Matthew Zakarian of Fresno, Carolina Karakshian of Irvine, and Marc Markarian of Studio City. His brothers: Varoujan Markarian of Moorpark, Aram Marcarian of Sonoma and Girair Markarian of Sao Paolo Brazil.