I’d like to take a moment to adjourn in memory of Jack Shine, a longtime Santa Clarita resident and prominent SCV homebuilder who passed away on September 14th at the age of 82.
Jack graduated from the University of Southern California and entered the real estate business in 1959. Over the next five decades he would come to be known as a leader in the industry, developing a wide range of both residential and commercial buildings.
He was the founder and president of American Beauty Homes and helped transform our valley, especially Canyon Country. His dedication and love for what he did led Jack and his company to build stylish and affordable homes for first-time homebuyers, making it easier for folks to find and buy the home of their dreams.
Due to his experience and knowledge of the housing industry in California, Jack was also twice appointed to the Board of California Housing Finance Agency by Governors Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Jack had a love for the arts, serving as President of the Los Angeles County Music and Performing Arts Commission and as a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Arts Council. His passion for helping others led Jack to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity as well.
Jack and his wife Doreen served as Habitat for Humanity’s Vice Chairman and Chair of the Family Selection Committee, respectively, and were both recipients of the Dream Builder’s Award for outstanding philanthropy and service to the organization.
The Shines also dedicated their time to the Boys and Girls Club and as members of the College of the Canyons Foundation Board of Directors, providing support for resources for the next generation. Last year, they both received COC’s Silver Spur Community Service Award.
We are all saddened by the loss of Jack and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.