|Birth: ||Sep. 24, 1931|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1972|
Son of Aram and Alva, Husband of Flora, father of Mark, Michelle and Don, owner of popular night spot "Ara's Apts"
On Jan. 2, 1972, two men in their early 20s, one with a full mustache, the other with long sideburns, confronted and shot Arax as he worked in his office at Ara's Apartments, a popular tavern near the Clinton Avenue overpass and Freeway 99.
The murder occurred about 7 p.m. on a Sunday, and Arax normally didn't work Sundays. Earlier that day, he donned a red-and-gold team hat and sat on a "lucky" part of the sofa to watch his beloved San Francisco 49ers on television. The 49ers lost.
Gunfire wounded the 40-year-old Arax in the chest, stomach, legs, wrist and head. He died that night in a hospital emergency room.
It took almost 30 years to "solve" the crime and label it an ordinary robbery gone wrong. During this time son Mark Arax wrote a book chronicalling the underbelly of drugs, crimes, and insiders in the city of Fresno during the 1970's.
Aram Arax (1900 - 1989)
Alma Arax (1909 - 1999)
Flora Arax (1933 - 1984)*
Masis Ararat Cemetery
Created by: Lester Letson
Record added: May 10, 2009
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