George Deukmejian

  • Born: June 6, 1928
  • Died: May 8, 2018
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George Deukmejian

Former California governor called "The Iron Duke"…

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two-term California governor George Deukmejian, whose anti-spending credo earned him the nickname "The Iron Duke," died Tuesday of natural causes, a former chief of staff said. He was 89. For full obituary from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to hear about the late governor Iron Duke,May the Californians and the family and friends find comfort in the God who cares for you.

Posted by New york    October 26, 2019

Posted by Mrs. Stroud - Hammond, IN - neighbor   December 04, 2018

Posted by Mrs. Stroud - Hammond, IN - neighbor   December 03, 2018


Posted by Tom Ortiz - Carson, CA   June 18, 2018

Gloria, may your heart be filled with wonderful memories of

joyful times together as you celebrate a life so well lived.

Paul and Kathy Robinson Long Bach, Ca.

Posted by A friend   June 09, 2018

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Posted by George Deumejian    June 09, 2018

A genuinely great person and partner. A humble man without pretense.

Posted by Peter Ostroff - Beverly Hills, CA - coworker   June 09, 2018

The finest Public Servant I have ever known! And I have known thousands. He is an example of what elected officials should be!

Posted by James Hankla - Long Beach, CA - coworker   June 04, 2018

Ex California Assemblyman, Attorney Gerneral and Governor George Deukmejian's wife noticed a surprising number of her physicians in Long Beach, California were from "Northern Ireland". Those Catholic doctors could not get admitting privileges to hospitals in the English ruled six northeast Ireland counties. This made it difficult to maintain a practice. So those doctors were forced to emigrate.

Mr. Deukmejian's Armenian parents also suffered state sponsored discrimination in Turkey. George Deukmejian helped get the California physician licensing rules adjusted so these graduates of British or Irish medical schools could more easily transfer their licenses to California.

Perhaps some readers remember the details of Georg's good deed. It was quite some time ago. For this also, he deserves to be commemorated .

Posted by A friend   May 30, 2018


My late mother Nevart Sarkessian loved talking about Aunt Alice, George who she called "Corky", Anna, Cousin Steve, and all our Ayjian relatives who lived in the Albany area of New York. Felt sad to hear of Corky's passing. We extend our condolences to Gloria and the children.
With sincere sympathy, Elizabeth & Robert Barone & Family

Posted by Elizabeth Barone - Havertown, PA   May 29, 2018

Grief is hard to cope with but, memories of George accomplishments can bring comfort to ease the pain. Remember you'll are not along because the true God feels your pain because he cares 1 Peter 5:6, 7. My condolences!

Posted by - Decatur, GA   May 26, 2018


Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   May 22, 2018


Posted by Matthew McGuire - Cheshire, CT   May 18, 2018

My thoughts and sympathies are with you as you mourn this tremendous loss. May God provide comfort and ease your sorrow through the power of prayer. Isaiah 57:18 -okw

Posted by A friend   May 18, 2018


Posted by - Long Beach,California   May 16, 2018

Offering my deepest condolences.

Posted by Jones - Grayson, GA   May 16, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this sad time. George was an amazing man who had a full and wonderful life.

Posted by Richard and Joyce Opdahl - Huntington Beach, CA   May 15, 2018

Our heartfelt sympathy to your wife and family as we have lost one of best governors. May you rest 8n peace and thank you for always representing the Armenian community with pride and dignity.

Posted by Yervant & Barbara DerGarabedian - Cerritos, CA - friend   May 15, 2018

We are saddened to hear about the loss of your beloved Husband and Father. May the God of love, peace, tender mercies and all comfort be with you all during this most difficult time now and in the days to come. Agape' Love!

M.M., MS.

Posted by A friend   May 14, 2018

Posted by Toni    May 14, 2018

An extraordinary man. Loved by so many. Honest and true.
Sympathy to the family

Posted by Pat Tisa - Long Beach, CA   May 14, 2018

Sorry for your loss death is so sad. But there will come a time when we won't have to be in fear of death in the Bible at Isaiah 35:5,6 old age and death will be gone

Posted by A friend   May 14, 2018

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Posted by - OH   May 14, 2018

Glora and family thanks so much for sharing the Governor with us. God bless you all.
Sherry and bill

Posted by Bill Leonard - Sacramento, CA   May 14, 2018

Sincere condolences to the family for your great loss. May the God of all comfort support each of you during your time of grief.

Posted by A friend   May 13, 2018


He leads me beside quiet waters; He restores my soul.

Posted by Jo Wood - Huntington Beach, CA   May 13, 2018

The world is a bit sadder without the presence of Governor George Deukmejian, and I know heaven is a lot brighter. We will miss you.

Posted by Jo Wood - Huntington Beach, CA   May 13, 2018

Gov.Deukmegian was a good governor who just did his job without the publicity that our leaders get today he will be forever missed by us citizens who remembered him rest in peace.

Posted by Garry DeManty - Stockton   May 13, 2018

George was a friend. He was an honest, decent man; a leader and a strict law and order Governor. George was the last Governor to leave office with a surplus. He was a wonderful man.

Posted by Roger and Erika Greaves - Scottsdale, AZ - friend   May 12, 2018


Posted by Dina - Long Beach,Calif   May 12, 2018

My deepest condolences to the family at this very difficult time

Posted by A friend   May 12, 2018

Did a lot, was respected, had friends, loved by most, rounded life, loved truth, to his family please have peace in your memories.

Posted by - IN   May 12, 2018

RIP, Duke! Your long history of public service in CA is one unmatched by many, anywhere! Thank you for your hard work in making positive changes in policy. To the family of George, God give you rest and peace now and forever.

Posted by Bill Collins - Paradise, CA   May 11, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family friends and fans who have suffered the loss of their loved one to death. God will comfort and sustain you during this difficult time because he cares for you.(1 Peter 5:6,7)

Posted by A friend   May 11, 2018


Dear George Deukmejian Rest In Peace. As an Armenian I'm honored and proud to say that one of the greatest governors in history of California was also an Armenian and as I've heard and read about you, you were the smartest, kindest and respectable human being.

Posted by Suzanna Tamazyan - North Hollywood, CA   May 10, 2018

Caring thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by Erline - Charlotte   May 10, 2018

Governor Deukmejian, thank you for making me feel proud to be an Armenian. Arthur Minassian, ESQ.

Posted by A friend   May 10, 2018

Condolences to the Deukmejian Family, thank you Governor for your service, we could definitely use more like you now.


Posted by Chuck Gr - SF, CA   May 10, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with the DEUKMEJIAN FAMILY in their time of grief. May 'God' give you strength and peace of mind during this most difficult time. -Psalm 29:11

Posted by RC/ - Chicago, IL   May 10, 2018


Posted by Ann Stokman - Greenfield, WI   May 10, 2018


Thank you for all your good work. God bless.

Posted by Dan - CA   May 10, 2018

Gov. Deukmejian's family and friends, I join others in praying to the Lord for you. With respect for all our governors and hope for the future, he was our last excellent governor.

Posted by Larry Barbarine - Oxnard, CA   May 10, 2018

I met Governor Deukmejian while walking the precincts during the first run for Governor. He was so low key and personable, talking to us like we were old friends. My friends and I were thrilled to have a winner on Election Day.
No governor since him has won the respect of both parties, led with courage and kept our state Golden .
One year on the day before Mothers Day I ran into him at a Hallmark shop in Belmont Shore. I told him I wished he was still governor and he said it was nice being out of the limelight again.
Rest well Mr. Governor, watch over our state, we need more people like you!

Posted by David Nelson-Eddy - Long Beach, CA - teacher   May 09, 2018

Such a Great Governor and public servant.... We could use many more like him. Many condolences to his family.

Posted by Chic Thomas - Oroville, CA   May 09, 2018

A great governor who would have been a great president. Rest in peace.

Posted by Bill Holstein - Westminster, CA   May 09, 2018

Our condolences to the family and to the people of California for one heck of a great governor.

Posted by Serge Arslanian - 91356, CA   May 09, 2018


My sincere condolences to the Deukmejian family for your loss. He was a good Governor and will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Hold tight to the great memories he left you as well as the many great examples he set. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.

Posted by Kay Reckord Ames - Eureka, CA   May 09, 2018

My heart goes out to the family of Mr Deukmejian for their great loss my sincere condolences.John 3:16

Posted by A friend   May 09, 2018

My condolences to your family. I'm so sorry you're experiencing such tragedy. May the words at Psalm 9:9 bring you a measure of comfort during this time.

Posted by A friend   May 09, 2018

Thank you for your service to our state. Job well done. Rest in peace.

Posted by Linda McCann - Paradise, CA   May 09, 2018


Godspeed George.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   May 08, 2018


Posted by Barbara Wisbey - PALM SPRINGS, CA   May 08, 2018

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