George Deukmejian

Former Gov. George Deukmejian speaks in 2013 at the dedication of the district courthouse named after him in downtown Long Beach. 

Long Beach and California will remember former Gov. George Deukmejian this Saturday with a celebration of his life at the Terrace Theater in the Performing Arts Center downtown.

Deukmejian, who lived in Belmont Shore with his wife Gloria for decades, died at that home May 8. He was 89 years old.

Deukmeijian served two terms as governor, from 1982 to 1990, after a political career that included stints as a state legislator and state attorney general. He was a lawyer in Long Beach.

In 2013, the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse opened in downtown Long Beach.

Saturday's memorial service is open to the public. It will begin at 1 p.m., with people urged to arrive by 12:30 p.m. Parking will be in the Terrace Theater garage and costs $15.

In lieu of flowers, the family said donations may be made in the governor's name to the YMCA-Model Legislature George Deukmejian Endowment, the California Science Center, CSU Long Beach Disabled Student Services or the Ararat Home of Los Angeles.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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