Jack Shine, Prominent Home Builder, Philanthropist, Dies At Age 82


A prominent home builder and one of the key figures responsible for a first

of its kind veterans housing community died Thursday. He was 82.



Jack Shine worked tirelessly to provide their support into making Santa Clarita a better

place, according to COC officials, in a recent news release following the Shines being

honored by College of the Canyons. That dedication to the community led the College of

the Canyons Foundation to name Jack and Doreen Shine the recipients of the colleges

Silver Spurs Community Service Award for 2017.

COC Chancellor Dianne Van Hook shared the following about Jack Shine with KHTS

News after hearing about Shine’s death:

Jack Shine was a very special human being. Strategic, focused, amazingly witty and always with a twinkle in his eyes, he helped people see

the future and was tenacious and resilient as he moved forward. He helped others do the same and in the process, shaped change in the

Santa Clarita Valley. I had the distinct honor of working with Jack on the Santa Clarita Valley Fine Arts Council when I came to College of

the Canyons. I credit his leadership with inspiring the enthusiasm that has helped to build a commitment to the arts in our community so

that we can enjoy and appreciate what we do today. In my role as President of COC, he helped me as he tutored me on the development of

the Santa Clarita Valley and its history and characters. A resource, a friend, and an inspiration to me for close to 30 years, there is no one

who can fill that void. His wit, his sense of humor, his willingness to help veterans, youth and lovers of the opera and the arts, in a humble

yet bold way, and always with flair, will be an inspiration to me and many others in the days and years ahead. When a person has an impact

on you, it stays with you even though the person is no longer here. I feel privileged and blessed that I will have that to inspire me and inspire

the College and its commitment to the arts for years to come. But I will miss my friend.

KHTS Co-owner Carl Goldman, who worked with Shine on the Habitat for Heroes project, shared the following:

Jeri and I worked closely with Jack on the Habitat Homes For Heroes project. Jack was so passionate about that project and a critical key to

it’s success. Jack has been an icon in Santa Clarita for many decades, developing much of Canyon Country and the east side of our valley.

We will miss him. Our hearts go out to Doreen and his family.

Mike Mizrahi, a former Southern California Gas Company executive, shared the following:

I am so very saddened by the news of Jack’s passing. I had the privilege of working along side him through Habitat for Humanity, and

admired both his heart for the needy and his business acumen. He will be missed.

After graduating from University of Southern California, Jack Shine entered the real estate industry in 1959 and over the next 50 years

became a leader in the industry by developing a variety of commercial and residential projects. As the founder and president of American

Beauty Homes, Shine has played a large role in redefining the Santa Clarita Valley’s landscape, particularly Canyon Country, by building

trendy and affordable homes for many first-time homebuyers. Because of his expert knowledge regarding the California housing industry,

Jack has been twice appointed to the Board of California Housing Finance Agency by California State Governors Gray Davis and Arnold


Passionate about the arts, Jack has also served as President of the Los Angeles County Music and Performing Arts Commission and as a

member of the Santa Clarita Valley Arts Council.

Firm believers in giving those in need a hand up, the Shines have volunteered their time for Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit organization

that builds homes for low income and veteran families in need of permanent housing.

Jack and Doreen, who serve as the organization’s Vice Chairman and Chair of the Family Selection Committee, respectively, have both

received the Dream Builders Award, an annual award given to an outstanding philanthropist by Habitat for Humanity.

As members of the COC Foundation Board of Directors, they have also provided invaluable support to various college programs and

initiatives, including the COC institutional scholarship program, the Fine & Performing Arts Division, the COC Athletics department,

veterans affairs, and other student success programs. The Shines are also members of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC)

K-12 Educational Outreach Advisory Board.