Adam I. Gootan, business owner

Friday, March 18, 2011; 9:13 PM

Adam I. Gootan, 86, who owned Gootan Construction, which he operated out of his home in Olney, died Feb. 21 at Montgomery General Hospital. He had complications from a bone marrow disorder.

Mr. Gootan began working in construction after moving to the D.C. area from Belgium in 1950. His projects included the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington and many houses in Rockville.

His company's slogan was, "If you want your home customized, get it 'Gootanized.' "

Adam Ivanovic Gootan was born in Riga, Latvia, and escaped to Belgium in 1943.

His first wife, Anna Ivanovna Isakova, died in 1980, after 37 years of marriage.

Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Ludmila Okshevsky of Rockville; two children from his first marriage, Nonna A. Marincioni of Olney and Serge A. Gootan of Odessa, Fla.; four stepchildren, George Okshevsky of Huntingtown, Natasha Booth of Ellicott City and Tanya Nolen and Elena Granruth, both of Eldersburg, Md.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

- Megan Buerger

© 2011 The Washington Post Company