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Lev Zavalkov

April 9, 1947July 27, 2020

Lev Zavalkov was born on April 9, 1947 and passed away on July 27, 2020 and is under the care of Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Memorial Park & Mortuary.

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Lori Okimura

August 3, 2020

My deepest condolences on the passing of dear Lev. I always enjoyed running into him at volleyball events and appreciated his constant smile and support. I last saw him at a U.S. national team scrimmage, where, as always, Lev was smiling and engaging with volunteers and spectators as well as the players and coaches. I knew him a very long, long time and throughout the years he always wore a smile and did everything he could to make sure those around him were smiling too. He will be deeply missed.

Earl Varquez

July 31, 2020

Lev,

Your passion for life and volleyball will be missed.
Rest In Peace knowing you left a mark with everyone in the volleyball world that had the pleasure to meet you.
May God bless and comfort your loved ones.

Donald Duran

July 31, 2020

Zebra and I were partners many times. We sat together during class, making jokes about some of the questions people would ask. We always fretted each other with a big smile, always glad to see each other (because they don't usually put 2 good officials together). Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Nadine Destouet

July 30, 2020

It has been several years since I have left volleyball officiating as my grandchildren were getting to the age of playing sports themselves. I hung my whistle to be there for them and enjoy watching them grow up and be there for their games. I worked in Long Beach/Whittier Unit for well over 20 years where I met Lev as a fellow official. He was always very polite and had a big smile on his face and always wanted to talk about volleyball. There was no doubt how much love of the game he had as he worked USA ball as well as high school and Colligiate with me. Lev always would talk of different scenarios with you and ask your opinion. Sometimes it was difficult to get him to stop talking and just focus on watching the players warm up. I enjoyed working with Lev because of his knowledge of the game there was never a doubt that he was on top of his duties. He knew what to look for and always had your back. I am so very sorry to hear that he had passed away. My prayers are with his wife, children and grandchildren who will certainly miss his presence in this world. It was my pleasure to have known and worked with someone who loved the game so much. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Kathy Nguyen

July 30, 2020

Lev,
You are an amazing person and invaluable asset to the volleyball community. Your knowledge and experience encouraged our officiating peers. Wishing your loved ones patience and peace during this time of grief.

Mario Treibit

July 30, 2020

Extremely sorry to learn about Lev's passing away. 1st time I've met him in 1988, while with The USA Women's National Team officiating one of the top International Tournaments in the Soviet Union. He was my Linesman.
Lev's positive attitude, smile and friendship will always be remembered.
My condolences to the Family, Friends and our Volleyball Community.
Mario Treibit.

Kim Hill

July 30, 2020

I am a USA women’s volleyball player and Lev often came into our gym to referee our practices. Things could get pretty heated and competitive in the gym and we sometimes gave Lev a hard time when we disagreed with a call. But boy, did he handle it like a champ, always with a smile on his face. Lev brought a light and joy into our gym and he will be so missed by all of us.

Rony Gilot

July 29, 2020

Lev,

You are an extraordinary person. Your love and spirit for the game that we all love was second to none.
You welcomed me into your home and your world. Words can't describe what we all feel right now.
I know you will be up there looking over us.
You will be missed
Rony

Jordan Larson

July 29, 2020

I am currently on the USA women’s indoor volleyball team. Lev would often come into our gym to ref. Since I played in Russia for many years he would often come try and speak Russian with me so I could practice. He was always so patience and wanting to talk volley. Even if we didn’t like his call in practice, he would stand firm in his decision. He handled a lot of sarcasm from us but always handled it with class. He will sincerely be missed. Sending thoughts and prayers to everyone who knew him.

Robin Burton

July 29, 2020

We as a volleyball community will miss Lev GREATLY. Everyone that came in contact with Lev loved him. He was always happy and willing to teach and never took himself too seriously with his shoulder shrug and "oh well, what can you do". I am going to miss seeing him on the weekends and at big volleyball tournaments and sorry for the hugs I missed this year because of the cancellation of the season. My thoughts and prayers to his family during this time and hope you find comfort in the fact that his personality was infectious and EVERYONE LOVES HIM!!!!!

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