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Michael Jay Grobstein

1941 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Michael Jay Grobstein Obituary
December 24, 1941 - March 8, 2017 Michael Jay Grobstein of Encino, California, passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at his home. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barrie, his children, Marla (Keenen) Milner and Marc Harris and two grandchildren, Miranda and Avery. Michael met Barrie on a blind date in 1960, and they were married in August, 1963. Four years later, Michael and Barrie welcomed daughter Marla, and in 1971, Marc Harris was born. The family lived in Woodland Hills until they moved to Encino in 1984. They are lifelong members of Temple Valley Beth Shalom. Michael graduated from CSUN with a degree in Accounting, and soon after passed the CPA exam. In 1967, he founded a CPA firm in Sherman Oaks which became the largest accounting firm in the San Fernando Valley, ultimately becoming Grobstein Horwath LLP. Michael became widely respected for his acumen in advising businesses on financial and strategic issues. In his position as Managing Partner, Michael loved to help young professionals get started in accounting and other fields. Michael was concerned with far more than business matters. He was involved in many philanthropic causes, including The Jewish Home for the Aging, Junior Blind of America, The Grossman Burn Foundation, The City of Hope, California State University, Northridge and the Sheriff's Youth Foundation. Michael enjoyed reading, deep sea fishing, SCUBA diving, jazz, driving his 1971 Italia, bike riding and cross-country skiing. In his later years, Michael became enthralled by landscaping and worked whenever he could in his yard. But above all, his family was Mike's first love and spending time with them, especially for Sunday dinners, was his greatest joy. Services will be held at Eden Memorial Park, Mission Hills, CA on Sunday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations to Junior Blind, 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043, www.juniorblind.org.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 10, 2017
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