Lee Robert Angelich

August 2, 1920February 3, 2012

Lee Angelich, a quiet man of faith, passed peacefully on Friday, February 3, 2012, after a short illness. Lee was born in Wilmington, California on August 2, 1920, to Bozo and Bosilka Angelich, of Serbia.

Lee proudly served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on the USS Rixey in the Pacific. He was awarded the 3-Star American Theatre and Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and the 2-Star Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

His notoriety of being "Coach," "Mr. Angelich," "Uncle Lee" and "The General" followed him in the public and private sector. He was the eternal optimist, with a zest for life. Lee lived each day to the fullest and was always thankful for his rich heritage and faithful family.

Lee was an extraordinary coach, which led to his election into the Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. He guided basketball teams at Kerman High, Porterville High and Fresno High to eight league championships and an overall record of 255-76 from 1947 to 1963. His Kerman team won the Central Section small schools championship, and his Fresno High teams won four consecutive North Yosemite League titles. He is one of the few coaches to win Central Section titles in two different sports. In addition to basketball, he also coached the Fresno High boys' track-and-field to a championship in 1957. He remains one of the winningest high school basketball coaches in Central Section history.

Lee's coaching reputation led to his involvement in international basketball, including organizing and coaching the Libyan national team that participated in the North African Games in 1961.

After retiring as a coach and educator, he was a successful Realtor.

Lee was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church since 1955. He was also an active member of the St. Peter's Men's Club.

Lee is survived by Dorothy "Dot" his loving wife of 66 years; and by his adoring daughters, Judith Ward and her husband David of Houston, Cathy Esajian and her husband Larry of Kingsburg, and Susan Boitano and her husband Danny of Clovis. He is also survived by his brother, John Angelich and his wife Marian of Fresno; and his sister-in-law, Olga Angelich of Fresno.

He was "Jeds" to seven grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren; and Uncle Lee to 17 nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Stephens and Bean Chapel on Friday, February 10, 2012, from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m., followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Lee's Life will be held at Stephens and Bean Chapel on Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.

Donations in memory of Lee may be made to St. Peter's Church, 3502 N. First St., Fresno, Ca. 93726, and Nancy Hinds Hospice, 1416 W. Twain Ave, Fresno, Ca. 93711.

Arrangements under the direction of Stephens & Bean Funeral Chapel, Fresno, CA.


  • Visitation Friday, February 10, 2012
  • Wake Friday, February 10, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 11, 2012

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Susan Dunham Goodman

February 13, 2012

Sincere condolences to the family, wonderful neighbors when I was growing up. He will be missed. You are in my prayers.

February 13, 2012

To the greatest person of all times. He was such a good family man, friend, and well known to so many in the busines world. He was truly an angel on earth. He never forgot his roots and he always tried to help others.

He always had a smile and usually a joke. He will live on with everybody whose life he touched. He was so special.

My most sincere and deepest sympathy to his family.

Priscilla Stephan

February 11, 2012

To the Angelich family and all that knew Lee,

Sending you all my deepest condolences and sympathies during this time.

Warmest Regards

Priscilla Stephan ( Michael's wife)

February 11, 2012

My condolence to the Angelich family. Lee was a great
coach. Sorry I can not attend. Sympathy to all the family.

John Toomasian

michael stephan

February 10, 2012

As an Angelich (DeSanka's son, Robert and Babe's nephew), I felt it was a duty to drive to Lee's funeral from San Diego. Lee was always kind to me, and I did admire him so.

Michael Stephan

February 10, 2012

Coach Angelich was my basketball coach at Fresno High in 1955-56 and 1956-57. He was always very fair and was a great teacher and coach. He was always soft spoken with a great smile. He will be missed by many.

Wayne Reinhardt - class of 1957

Richard Tesi

February 9, 2012

Lee took me under his wing when I first entered the world of real estate and became a great friend. I always knew that I could depend on him to be patient w/ my many questions. I also became friends w/his family over the years that lead to many lasting friendships. What a heritage he left behind. His joy, friendship, & humor will be sorely missed. Blessed by his friendship, Richard Tesi

Stephens & Bean Chapel

February 9, 2012

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

February 8, 2012

Many of us have memories of Coach that we will treasure. Besides knowing him as Coach at FHS, he was also a patient of mine when I worked at St. Agnes in 1965. What a great person he was. Always had a smile and always ready with something humorous to say. Coach will be forever remembered by those that knew him. We thank God for sharing this great man.