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Lee J. Goldin


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Lee J. Goldin Obituary
October 25, 1923 - April 20, 2016 Lee J. Goldin, Past President and Life Director of the Building Industry Association of Southern California, died April 20, 2016 at the age of 92. As a developer, Lee was a force in the Southern California building community in the 1960's and 1970's. He was fortunate to be able to retire at the early age of 48, and in "retirement" devoted his energy during the following thirty years to community volunteer efforts, as well as serving his industry and faith. Lee began his career in the home building industry as a supervisor/troubleshooter, but he was quickly recognized as someone who had a unique talent for his negotiation skills. But it was his tenacity that really made him successful. When others gave up on ever reaching compromise, Lee kept working both sides, for as long as was necessary. Lee worked as a developer in the home building industry for over twenty-five years; his most productive years spent with the Larwin Group of Southern California. When Lee retired, he moved into the second phase of his career, and what proved to be his lifelong passion - volunteerism. He continued to serve the building industry as President and Life Director of the Building Industry Association of Southern California and as the Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders. He also was honored as the 1992 Builder of the Year by the Building Industry of Southern California. Lee was very active in the Jewish community. For close to twenty years, he served as an advisor during the planning and construction of the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles. He held many leadership positions, serving on the Board of Directors of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, as mediator for the National Commission on Rabbinic/Congregational Relations, as Chairman of the Council of Synagogue Associations of Southern California, and as President of Temple Judea in Tarzana, CA. Lee's wife of almost sixty-five years, Joyce, passed away just last year. He is survived by his three children - Jan Treadway of Napa, Larry Goldin of Redding, and John Goldin of Goodyear, AZ, and by his six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. During the last fifteen years of his life, Lee had to deal with the challenges of Alzheimer's disease. His wife, Joyce, lovingly cared for him for most of those years. Lee will be remembered as a great thinker, doer, collaborator, negotiator, strategist, developer, and builder, but, more importantly, as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Whatever he touched was enhanced as a result of his involvement. We will miss his sincerity, kindness, compassion, and quiet effectiveness in life.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 24, 2016
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