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Paying Tribute To Political Giant George Zenovich

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

George Zenovich was a political giant in California.  After politics he was appointed an Appeals Court Justice.  The Appellate Court's downtown Fresno building now bears his name.

Saturday Governor Brown and a long list of noteworthy leaders in this state paid tribute to a man many called Zeno at the George Zenovich Memorial in northwest Fresno.

Governor Brown sang his praises for helping to create the State Arts Council and the landmark Agricultural Labor Relations Board.  "I always admired how George could keep those farmers happy and I think he did and he would keep a relationship with the unions and the UFW, a very difficult task.

Marina Zenovich, George's daughter choked back tears to pay tribute to her Dad.  "He had class and style.   A musicians heart and an adventurers soul."

Walter Karabian is a Fresno native and life long friend of Zenovich.   Karabian moved to Los Angeles and later served in the legislature with Zenovich.  "In the agriculture area and in criminal justice, looking out for the little guy.   And we bonded not only because we were both Fresnans but because we had the same philosophy.   He was a moderate Democrat."

Congressman Jim Costa began his political career in Sacramento about the same time Zenovich left politics.  "It was an honor because he taught you how to treat people.   He was introspective.  He cared. He let you know he could make a difference if you tried and you trusted your gut."  

George Zenovich dreamed of being a musician but his career let him to be an state lawmaker, attorney and Appellate Court Justice.  He is survived by his wife Kika and two daughters.   George Zenovich was 91 years old.

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