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September 26, 1929 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old


John Shakarjian, Sr. peacefully passed away on January  16, 2024, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Born on September 26, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Marcus and Zarouhee (Samarian) Shakarjian. Growing up in Dearborn, Michigan, he received his primary education, graduating from Fordson High School.

Shortly after graduation, John entered the US Army in 1951, where he faithfully served his country as a Corporal in active duty in the Korean War. He was shot in combat and received the Purple Heart. He was Honorably Discharged in 1953 and returned to civilian life.

John continued his education at Eastern Michigan University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. With his desire for more knowledge, he utilized his proficiency in learning and earned his Master of Science degree in Education.

John married the love of his life, Marie E. Patton, on August 15, 1959, and they happily raised their fine family, being blessed with three children,  six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. At the end of a long and tiring day, they enjoyed watching him get excited over horse racing or playing ten numbers at Keno during dinner.

In 1963, John received his Teaching Certificate and began his successful career as an educator. He first taught as a teacher in the Taylor School District, where he became a skillful and respected school principal. Completing his years of dedicated service in education, John fully merited his deserved retirement.


John’s beloved late wife, Marie. Dearest children, Laura M. Shakarjian, John Shakarjian, Jr. (Laura), Karyl A. Smith (Thomas), Precious grandchildren, John Shakarjian III (Amy), Adam C. Shakarjian (Bridget), Brock Cox, Allie Shakarjian, Christian Smith, Grace Smith, Cherished great-grandchildren, Scout Shakarjian, Sadie Shakarjian, Anicca Shakarjian, and many other relatives and friends.


Visitation will occur on Thursday, January 18, 2024, from 10 AM to 11 AM in St. John Armenian Church, 22001 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48075. The funeral service will begin at 11 AM, followed by interment in Cadillac Memorial Gardens, 34224 Ford Road, Westland, MI 48185.


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January 18, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St John Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075

Funeral Service
January 18, 2024

11:00 AM
St John Armenian Church
22001 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075

Please note
Interment will take place next to his beloved wife at Cadillac Memorial Gardens, 34224 Ford Road, Westland, MI 48185

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