Anthony Paul Artukovich



St. Anthony’s Croatian Catholic Church

Anthony Paul Artukovich, a man of unwavering faith, boundless love, exceptional generosity and class, passed away peacefully at his home just ten days after his 91st birthday. He was surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Los Angeles during the Great Depression to Vido and Anna (Papac) Artukovich. Anthony grew up in Windsor Hills and attended Loyola High School, Menlo College, and the University of Southern California. Drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, he served at Fort Riley, Kansas.

It was love at first sight when he met Lucy Lamat. They married in 1954 and started their family at Ft. Riley before moving to La Canada in 1956. Their love story spanned over 73 years, blessing them with eight children, 25 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

Anthony joined his father's construction firm, Vido Artukovich and Son, Inc., and helped it become one of the most respected names in heavy construction. He was a proud member of The Beavers and the Associated General Contractors of America. He loved his work, especially working with his father, sons, grandsons and nephews over the years. He worked for over 70 years, and he even visited the office for the last time just the week before his death.

Deeply involved in his community, Anthony was a Knight of Malta and a Lifetime member of USC's Cardinal & Gold. He was a pillar of St. Anthony Croatian Catholic Church, supporting it with both his talent and treasures.

He was especially proud of his Croatian/Herzegovinian roots and heritage. He visited his family's homeland many times, both before and after Croatia's and Herzegovina's independence from Yugoslavia. He and Lucy sent all their children and their grandchildren "home" for the summer after graduating high school. He always wanted his family to remember their heritage. A man of impeccable taste and endless hospitality, Anthony warmly welcomed everyone into his home. Whether it was a family BBQ or a grand celebration, his attention to detail was unmatched.

He is predeceased by his parents, sister Eva Majich, sons Nickolas and Mark, and grandson Anthony. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Lucy; his children Vido (Sharon), Lucy, Antoinette, Madeline (Richard Violé), Mark's wife Tina (Cvjetkovich), Nicole (Paul Dazé), and Anna (George Dulcich); 25 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. In Anthony's honor, cherish your family and express your love constantly.

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