Thursday, November 2, 2017

RIP Andrew Isaacs

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A memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 4th Holy Cross Cemetery, Chapel of the Risen Christ.

He was an Inglewood Councilman, District 1, Los Angeles County Deputy Health Officer, and a Los Angeles Police Officer, World War II Army Veteran, and Buffalo Soldier 10th Calvary (Horse). Isaacs died October 22nd in Roseville, CA. He was 94.

Andrew Quinten Isaacs, born December 13, 1922 Breckenridge and Cora Isaacs in Kansas City, Kansas. The youngest of children, he attended Stowe Elementary School and Northeast Junior High School and graduated from Sumner High School in May of 1940.

After high school Andrew Isaacs enlisted in the 10th Calvary July 26, 1940 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. While Trooper Isaacs was in the U.S. Army, World War II began and he was in for the duration of the war. Serving five years he was honorably discharged from service January 1945 in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He received military honors and decorations.

Andrew's illustrious professional career began working for the City of Los Angeles Health Department he went to Los Angeles City College and received his Associates Degree. He furthered his education for a short time by attending college at University of Southern California. While employed at the City of Los Angeles, he was Vice President and Director of the All City Employees Association where he devoted time and talents to the welfare of his fellow City Employees.

He left the health department and went to the Los Angeles Police Academy and in 1955 joined the Police Department for a short time.

Later he returned to the newly combined Los Angeles City Health Department and Los Angeles County Department of Health as a Deputy Health Officer. While employed for LA County Andrew Isaacs held 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice-President, and a member of the board for SEIU Local 660. He was instrumental in forming the 76th Street Block Club that was organized to solve neighborhood problems. He was a member of the Inglewood Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. He continued with the County Health Department and retired in March 1976 after 34 years.

While still working for the County, in November 1974 he was appointed to complete the 2 year term balance of Council District 1 in the City of Inglewood. He was elected for a 2nd term. As City Councilman he served as member of the Southern California Association of Governments Transportation and Utilities Committee. He was instrumental in the development of the 105 Freeway. Governor Jerry Brown called him the "Freeway Man." He served as Chairman of the Federal Aid Urban Committee. He represented the City of Inglewood as Mayor Pro-Tem at many League of Cities Mayor Conferences.

During his long and industrious career and after retirement, he served as member of St. John Lodge #5 F. and A.M. He rose to a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member and President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the 10th (Horse) Calvary Buffalo Soldier Chairman of Public Relations and was given many commendations from the City of Los Angeles for his many years of dedication. June 2016 was the 150th Anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers. During this celebration, the California Senate recognized Andrew, as the oldest original Buffalo Soldier in the State of California. Senator Tony Mendoza did the honors and made Andrew honorary Senator for the day.

During the 1950's he worked as an Actor in several movies and television as an extra during the 50's. He worked in The Horse Soldier, The Ten Commandments, Sins of Rachael, Cade, South Pacific, The Man from Uncle, and others.

After living in Los Angeles since 1945, he moved to Sacramento, CA in 2010 to be closer to his daughter Kimberly as he aged.

Andrew leaves behind his daughter; Kimberly Isaacs, step-daughters, Ida Starr, Carolyn Mathews, Jolene Sarnowski, grandchildren; Laurray Isaacs, Michael Isaacs II (Melissa), Kenyon Isaacs I (Toni), Le'Telle Isaacs and Joseph Isaacs, Jr., Linzie Starr, James Starr, Sarah Sarnowski, Dennis Conant. He leaves behind fifteen great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren, and a host of nephews, and nieces.

His parents, siblings; David, Benjamin, Ruth, Rachel Kayhill, and Breckenridge proceeded him in death. As well as three of his children Michael, Pamela and Joseph.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be sent to Andrew's favorite charities, SPLC: Southern Poverty Law Center, USO: United Service Organizations, DAV: Disabled Americans Veterans Charity, and St. Joseph Indian School: Native American (Lakota) School. Please sign the guest book at

ISAACS, Andrew (Andrew Quinten Isaacs)
Born: 12/13/1922, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 10/22/2017, Roseville, California, U.S.A.

Andrew Isaacs’ western – actor:
The Horse Soldiers - 1959

1 comment:

  1. Wow, this man has done so much and deserved the recognition for all his accomplishments. To know he fought in WW2 and probably had to deal with racism tells me what a strong character he was