June 1, 1954 – August 28, 2019
On Wedensday, August 28, 2019 Anatolii Iakovlev, loving husband, father of three, brother, and a grandfather of three granddaughters, passed away at age 65.
Anatolii was born on June 1st, 1954 to father Aleksandr Iakovlev and mother Olga (Grineva) Iakovleva in the village of Blagodarnoe, Kazakhstan SSR, USSR. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computational and Automation Engineering from the Frunze Polytechnic Institute in Frunze, Kyrgyz SSR in 1981. He worked as an engineer for over 35 years, including over 15 years in the companies he started. He met the love of his life in 1981 at a hospital after a torturous time writing his diploma, where he had to receive some treatment to recover from lack of sleep and nutrition. He proposed to her after one date and she agreed to start a beautiful life and family together. Anatolii married his wife Galina (Gordiyenko) Iakovleva in 1981 and they happily lived together for over 38 years. Together they raised a daughter, Natalia, and two sons, Anatoly and Artem.
Anatolii was a man of many talents and hobbies. He loved skiing in winters with the entire family, where they formed a tradition of uniting for Christmas and New Year to spend time skiing together. He loved to spend quality time with his granddaughters, always teaching them how to be better people. He also loved to sketch flowers and faces of people, especially his family members. Anatolii had a great passion for cooking, especially after moving to the United States. He tirelessly cooked for the entire family and even started cooking food for friends and acquaintances, paving the way for him to start yet another venture. He always wanted to be needed and relied upon. Anatolii also loved reading all sorts of books, news, and anything to stay informed and up-to-date. He would always tell stories from books and movies to people during gatherings to keep them entertained. Anatolii always strived to be fair and would teach his loved ones to be helpful and fair to the society and everyone around.
Anatolii was preceded in death by his father, Aleksandr, his brother, Vladimir, and his mother, Olga. He is survived by his wife Galina, his three children, Natalia, Anatoly, and Artem, his three granddaughters, Milena, Anna, and Melissa, his two sisters Nadezhda and Tatyana, and many other loving and caring relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Fairhaven Memorial Services, 27856 Center Dr., Mission Viejo, CA 92692 at 12noon.
Anatolii will always stay in our minds and our hearts. His memorable preaches will forever affect every decision that we make, and every action that we take or decide not to, keeping his most notable words of wisdom in our minds and close to our hearts. He will be forever remembered as the strongest, most curious, positive and optimistic, hardworking, and the funniest, most fun to be around person we all have ever known. We are forever grateful to Anatolii for teaching us all the right way and we shall carry his legacy forward.
- Visitation Wednesday, September 4, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, September 4, 2019
- Burial at El Toro Cemetery Wednesday, September 4, 2019