L.A. CADA celebrates the amazing life of our long-time friend and supporter Myron Tarkanian. On Saturday, February 12, 2022, the Pasadena City College Sports Hall of Fame coach died at age 81 following a heart attack near his Arcadia home.
Myron left a lasting impression upon all of us who were fortunate enough to know him – whether we called him husband, father, uncle, coach or friend. And Myron Tarkanian was a true friend to L.A. CADA, supporting our mission, programs, and of course the work of his son, Bill Tarkanian, our Director of Program Development and Client Care.
L.A. CADA salute’s Myron’s legacy as a passionate educator and champion football, tennis and soccer coach over four decades at Pasadena City College. We also honor Mr. Tarkanian’s family during their time of grief. A graduate of the University of Redlands, where Myron met his beloved wife of 59 years, Anna, together they had four children, and eight grandchildren. To say he loved them all unconditionally is not enough. They were every beat of his heart. Thanks to Myron’s stellar example, daughters Rose, Jane, and Kendra are all career educators. And son Bill is here with us at L.A. CADA, working to save lives and every single day. Family, education, and fitness/athletics was nearly the entirety of Myron’s adult life.
At the request of the Tarkanian family, L.A. CADA is grateful to memorialize his amazing life by creating the Myron Tarkanian Legacy Fund to assist persons with behavioral health disorders.