Miller Memorial Chapel

1120 West Goshen Ave, Visalia, CA


Kay Barsamian

February 1, 1931July 27, 2020

Kay was born in Orosi, California to Harry and Gulima Barsamian. Kay was the youngest of five children, including twin sisters Lillie and Rose and twin brothers Pete and Charlie. Despite developmental issues from birth, Kay lived a long and productive life working on the family’s ranch of vineyards, vegetables and fruit trees. Kay loved working and always made it a race, and constantly pushed his nephews to work faster and harder to stay up with him even as he reached middle age. He especially loved working in the tomato packinghouse and could be heard singing in the hot afternoons, which kept everyone in a good mood. Kay loved his church, St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in the small village of Yettem, California, and enjoyed attending all of the special occasions with the community he lived with all of his life. He was part of his sisters’ and brothers’ families and enjoyed watching his many nieces and nephews grow up to have careers and families…he always knew what everybody was doing and where they were. Kay’s family would like to thank the staff of the Kingsburg Center senior care facility for their loving care during his later years in life. Kay is survived by his sister Rose Kaplan of Lindsay, California, and by his many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews, and by his extended loving family of the Yettem Armenian community. If you were lucky enough to know Kay, you enjoyed the purest soul you will ever know. We shall all miss you Kay. Graveside services will be at the Visalia Cemetery on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com.


  • Harry Barsamian, Father (deceased)
  • Gulimia Barsamian, Mother (deceased)
  • Lillie Armo, Sister (deceased)
  • Rose Kaplan, Sister
  • Pete Barsamian, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Barsamian, Brother (deceased)

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Betty Barsamian

August 10, 2020

My dad loved his brother dearly and taught us to love and respect our Uncle Kay.

Kay first met my son Tyler when he was just two years old. That first impression stayed with him over the years. So when he’d call my house “just checking” and Tyler would answer Kay seemed surprised. He’d say to me “he talks good.” Years later when Tyler’s voice had gotten much deeper Kay wanted to know who the man was that had answered my phone. He absolutely refused to believe it was that little boy he had met so many years ago.

He was a special person in my life and I will never forget him. His smile. His laugh. The stories he could tell.

Rest in peace dear sweet Uncle Kay.

Gayle Barsamian

August 5, 2020

Reflecting on Kay's life this morning and sorry we can't give him a better send off--he loved a party!
Kay was always a part of our family's life and despite distance, my father Pete's care, sense of responsibility and empathy toward him, even before his years as guardian, set a great example.
Kay's laugh was wonderful and a joy to elicit. He could, of course, be stubborn--a family trait!
It always fascinated me, that to the extent of his abilities Kay was fluent in Armenian and English as well as having some Spanish.
He loved singing "Mexican" songs.
In the more recent past communication was difficult, but he remains in my thoughts.

Lori Barsamian

August 5, 2020

My happiest memory of Kay was when I took him to a doctor appointment that he didn’t want to go to. When I showed him we were driving in a convertible VW Beetle he smiled. He didn’t say much on the way. After his appointment, he sang the entire way home. I will always remember the beautiful day with the wind blowing his hair, the sun shining on his face and and his great smile while he sang us home.
Rest In Peace Kay. You will be missed by all of us that loved you ♥️

Kelsey Barsamian

August 4, 2020

Uncle Kay, I may not have gotten to really know or remember Grandpa Charlie like my sisters did, but you absolutely played the grandfather figure in my life. Every holiday is filled with your smile, your strong hugs, and your delight of being with everyone. Every family gathering I can think of, you were always there, never wanting or demanding of anything and enjoying the simplest of moments. Those memories were never about needing to fill any silences, they were all about just being with each other and appreciating being a family. The way you would light up around any babies and children was the most endearing thing in the world. Getting to know you as an adult, I was able to get to know your sense of humor more, and was able to understand more what an innocent soul you were. You had the warmest heart that could be seen by anyone who knew you, and your presence was so warm and straightforward. We love you Uncle Kay ❤️

Ashley Barsamian

August 4, 2020

I will truly miss this man and feel lucky to have known him. Kay was the purest soul you could ever hope to meet. Loved his whole family and had a smile that was contagious. He was one of a kind and a great loss to this world.

peter barsamian

August 4, 2020

For many years Kay would call Pat & I to chat. Mostly Kay telling us about the most recent news, the latest farm report, who got married, who had a baby etc. & his classic when someone was very ill "they're no good". Great memories and we can still hear that great laugh of his... RIP Katcho!!!

Lindsay (Barsamian) Jones

August 4, 2020

Growing up, I remember how Uncle Kay’s face would light up the minute he’d see us kids. Whether we were having a family visit, celebrating holidays together or attending church, he would always want to know when we were coming to see him again. I am so glad that my son, Logan was able to get to know Uncle Kay and see what a loving man he was. I will miss him dearly.

Ron Barsamian

August 4, 2020

Going to miss you buddy. Always loved how you told me to "go faster Ronnie" when we went to church. You were the only one to tell me to go faster. I'm grateful my girls all grew up knowing you and appreciated your grace in living a life well lived.


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