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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Jack Leonard Mishkin
May 9, 2014
Mishkin, Jack Leonard
Jack Leonard Mishkin was born January 25, 1947 to Esther and Ralph Mishkin in Washington, D.C. Like many families in the Post-War Era, they planned to build a new life for themselves in California. Jack was raised in Cheviot Hills, not coincidentally next to Rancho Park Golf Course. From an early age, he climbed the fence during the old L.A. Open and watched the pros. As a young golfer he had a three handicap. He graduated from Hamilton High School and then went off to Valley State (now CSUN) where he met the love of his life Nancy Goldberg. After graduation Jack joined his father’s carpet mill, Hollytex, and so began his life’s work in floor covering. Jack and Nancy married in 1971 and soon after established themselves in Tarzana.
He co-founded Bentley Carpet Mills in 1979. Jack became a master of product development, understanding as few at the time could, the creative possibilities of commercial, broadloom carpet. His design standard was always industry leading and his reputation for honesty and integrity was well-known. Bentley actively sought international trade opportunities. Jack led trade missions around Europe and was one of the first entrepreneurs to go to South Korea and China. After he sold Bentley Mills, Jack invested in Monterrey Carpets, where he brought his sprit of collaboration to a new team. When Monterrey was sold, he took a giant leap into residential carpets by founding JMish and building his new brand in Cartersville, Georgia. Jack was also a philanthropist, who became a Music Center Founder as well as a major supporter of Beit T’Shuvah and The Tower Cancer Research Foundation, where he served on the board.
He was equally dedicated to his family whom he cherished. Jack and Nancy raised their children, Mark and Lauren, to love the arts, respect their faith, and take care of their family and friends. As busy as Jack was, he never missed an opportunity to share a moment with one of his kids- whether it was an early morning conversation with Mark while he was shaving or a weekend drive with Lauren to chill out. They took annual trips to Lake Tahoe through most of the 80’s where they formed life long memories fighting in the car, riding stubborn horses, or gambling at the Hyatt Incline Village. Jack’s love of adventure later took them to Europe, Hawaii, Israel, and Africa.
Jack loved golf but he loved his golf buddies more. He always cherished his time at El Cab, a club his father helped to found, and his camaraderie was sought after. After Jack and Nancy moved to the Westside, they joined Hillcrest where they made cherished friends and brought their love of life with them. Jack always followed the PGA Tour and spent many a weekend watching tournaments and cheering on his favorites.
When cancer struck in late 2012 he refused to let it win. He fought fiercely and refused to concede his role as provider and protector. Jack is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Mark and Lauren; and his grandchildren Sam, Mia, Lillian, Jonah, and Eleanor; his stepmother, Chase Mishkin; his sister, Barbara Salins; and his brother, Steve Mishkin. Donations may be made to Tower Cancer Research , The Jack Mishkin Fund.
Services Monday May 12, 2014 at 10:00AM Courts of TaNaCH Chapel ~Hollywood Hills