In Memoriam: Wladimir “Vlad” Worotko


Beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, devoted friend and Canyon Lake Resident Wladimir “Vlad” Worotko passed away at UC Irvine University Hospital in Orange, California at the age of 66.

Vlad was born in Los Angeles, California, to Anna and Alexander Worotko. In 1969, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as a weather forecaster until 1973 when he was honorably discharged with the rant of sergeant.

He had a bachelor’s degree in Russian History with a minor in choral conducting form UCLA.

He started his career as a real estate agent in the San Fernando Valley, and eventually was the broker of his own Century 21 office in Glendale, California, with approximately 80 agents.

Over the last 20-25 years, he and his wife have operated a property management company. He met his wife while directing the choir at St. Michael Orthodox Church in Van Nuys where she sang as a soprano.

Vlad lived in Canyon Lake for eight years and quite often stated that when coming home to his house on the lake he felt like he should be on vacation. He liked going on outings with the Travel Club, and tried to never miss their dinner dances where he would don his tux at every opportunity. He loved dancing with his wife. He also enjoyed traveling to Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico and one of his favorite things was spending time with his five beautiful grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 40 years Debbie; daughters Alana Worotko and Tatiana Wei (Justin); son Alexander (Natasha); grandchildren Anna Allyce, James Alexander and Nathan Carl Wei, and Candence Ann and Seraphina Rose Worotko; sister Valentina Barp (Ray); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.