Thursday, 21 January 2021

Stephen Tulanian, 1950-2009

Well-known Lake County attorney Stephen Dicran Tulanian passed away unexpectedly at his home in Lower Lake on May 2, 2009. Steve was a native Californian, born July 11, 1950. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972 and the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1976. He began the practice of law in 1977 in Napa. In 1981, he moved his practice to Lake County, and practiced there until his death.

A dedicated criminal defense lawyer, Steve compassionately advocated for his clients, gaining recognition as a fierce defender of personal liberties. He successfully defended Lake County’s first “Three Strikes” case. He was a well-known resource to other attorneys.

Steve was a gentleman, and always had a smile and good word for any friend who came his way, including those he met as strangers put parted from as friends. He loved the law, but he loved much more: he had a passion for Corvettes, guitars, billiards, poker, jokes, photography, language, the blues, laughing, his beloved dogs and cats. He also enjoyed sharing good food and a drink with friends.

Stephen did not play poker to win. He played to have his friends with him. While most would see Steve as a brilliant, intense, sometimes irascible trial lawyer, he was a man with a great sense of humor to his friends and family. He could repeat nearly verbatim any scene from any Three Stooges film, and he concocted many of the world’s worst puns.

Stephen loved his home as his retreat from the world. His home is nestled in the hills south of Lower Lake, which he shared with his partner of many years, Lois Jean, known to all as LJ.

Stephen is survived by his mother, Lucy V. Tulanian of Walnut Creek; sister, Laura Tulanian of Fresno; brother, Michael Tulanian, also of Walnut Creek; and dear friend, Mary Benson of Lower Lake.

There will be visitation at Jones & Lewis Clear Lake Memorial Chapel, Main Street in Lower Lake, Monday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. at the Jones & Lewis chapel.

Stephen’s practice and clients will be served by J. David Markham at 707-263-7080.

Stephen’s family prefers that any donations be made to the Family Literacy Program, Lakeport Library 1425 N, High St., Lakeport 95453. Checks may be made to Ginny DeVries, coordinator of the program.

Condolences may be written to the family at For additional information, please contact the funeral home at 707-994-6417.

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