DONALD EDWARD BORSACK
1928 - 2021
BORN
1928
DIED
2021
DONALD EDWARD BORSACK It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of one of Las Vegas' oldest sons. Donald Edward Borsack (referred to as Mr. B by all) was carried into heaven at the age of 92 on January 8, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Lois Borsack, their 7 children and their spouses, 29 grandchildren and 14 spouses, 42 great grandchildren and 7 great-great- grandchildren. He was the patriarch of this large family and was loved dearly by so many. He was born in Bell, California, to Ed and Edna Borsack in 1928. Prior to Mr. B's birth, they had lived in Las Vegas and moved back when he was in the third grade. In 1936, Las Vegas was nothing more than a small desert town. It was not the world-renowned city it is today. Mr. B grew up in Las Vegas as an only child with his loving parents who owned El Portal Luggage on Fremont Street, now memorialized with a state plaque. Mr. B attended Las Vegas High School, the only secondary school in town. He played baseball, football, basketball and ran track. His love for sports translated off the field as well. He was a sports enthusiast able to recite the nicknames of every major athlete from every major sport: from Mr. Outside to Mr. October. At 91 years young, he rattled off not only the first and last names of the 1947 Las Vegas Wranglers minor league baseball team, but also the score keeper's name! He could also recall every winning horse he ever picked at Del Mar, but that was a bit easier, since there were only two. At the end of World War II, Mr. B attended College in Reno, NV and then St. Mary's College in Northern California. A year before his graduation on December 19, 1950, he met the love of his life, Lois Kirchner, also an only child. He came upon her wrapped in a red robe at her apartment she shared with a mutual friend. Without any hesitation, he asked her out and the rest is history. When reminiscing about falling in love with Lois, Mr. B often admitted that his last year of college was filled with writing love notes to Lois rather than studying his class notes. In 1951, Mr. B graduated from St. Mary's, returned to Las Vegas to marry Lois and work in the family business. That business, El Portal Luggage, would become one of Mr. B's greatest professional accomplishments. He was a man with a vision. He introduced world-renowned designers of luggage and handbags to Las Vegas by showcasing these lines in his ever-expanding El Portal Luggage locations. Luxury designers included Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Christian Dior, Cartier, Pandora and many others were brought to Las Vegas through Mr. B's influence and persuasion. As the city grew, Mr. B's vision of Las Vegas becoming an international retail hub for the finest designers and boutiques in the world became a reality. His five sons and two daughters eventually took over the reins, and El Portal Luggage became the first retail chain to originate in Las Vegas and spread to international destinations. His relationships with friends, peers and co-workers meant the world to Mr. B. He often said, "I have a huge family and that includes all of the people that work for me and with me. They are my retail family." Professional accomplishments aside, his greatest single achievement was his family. Mr. B's love for Lois was unfailing and endured for 70 beautiful years. Mr. B and Lois, again both only children, would never have imagined their family the size it is today. The Borsacks span five generations, many of whom continue to thrive in the Las Vegas Valley. He is survived by his wife Lois, his seven children and their spouses: Michele, James (Renee), Marleau (Kricket), Mary Kay (John), Donald (Julie), Edward (Lisa), and William, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and his great-great grandchildren. He joins in heaven his parents, two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many, many friends. He was a man known for his zest for life, quick wit and love for family. Mr. B's legacy will live on through his lineage and his contributions to our great City. Mr. B's Celebration of Life will be announced at a future date when all of his friends and family are able to attend.

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Published by Legacy Remembers on Jan. 14, 2021.
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He was one of the best! I have the only great memories of all of this family. I know he will be missed. My love to Lois and all of the BORSACK´s. Karen
Karen Petersen
January 19, 2021
In January of 1990, I was working for Louis Vuitton and was relocated to Las Vegas to run the Fashion Show Mall location. At the time, Mr. B was a partner in that store. I will never forget how welcoming he (and the entire Borsack family!) was to me. He became a mentor and fervent supporter of mine. Even after relocating to Southern California, he would still check in occasionally. He was an amazing man. His generosity was endless. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Borsack family.
Bob Celio
January 19, 2021
Mr. B's generosity, humor, and caring for others made him a legend. It was an honor to be on his team. Thank you, Mr. B for all you've done for so many. I'm eternally grateful for what you did for me.
Michelle Catucci
January 18, 2021
my whole family loved DON. Jimmy and I always felt like he was one of our brothers and I hope the two of them can meet in heaven to commiserate again. so sorry for your loss, he was a great friend
BETTY BROOKS
January 17, 2021
Mr. Borsack was a wonderful man and I enjoyed the time I got to spend with him and his family. The love he had for his family and Las Vegas was immeasurable. He had a sparkle in his eye and it was awesome to hear him speak of the Las Vegas history. He will long be remembered by his employees of El Portal Luggage who treated them as an extension of his family. May this great man rest in peace and may his family find comfort in the wonderful memories they have of him. When I think of Mr. "B" from the time I worked for him on the coast, it brings a smile in these sad times!
Stephen Compan
January 17, 2021
My husband worked at El Portal luggage in the Meadows Mall when we were going to college. The Borsacks did indeed treat their employees like family. They were so kind and considerate to my husband, who considered it an honor to work for their company. Mr. and Mrs. Borsack always threw wonderful Christmas parties for their employees and were such caring and kind people. What a wonderful family! Mr. Borsack leaves behind a legacy of lovely memories for those who had the pleasure to know him!
Robin & Rodney Schumacher
January 17, 2021
Such a loss to our community! Our love and hearts go out to Lois and their family. Susan Haake Berry and I visited in their home, and this couple were such comfort to the Rev. Donald Casey. Their good deeds are well known.
Gail and Donna Andress
January 17, 2021
I had the good fortune to know the Borsack family since the time I was twelve. Don and Lois were as decent, welcoming and generous a couple as anyone I have ever met. Moreover, all of their children were just as kind and as welcoming as their parents. Not a bum in the bunch. I feel honored to have been a part of their lives. Honest, hard working and of good humor. the best this country had to offer. Las Vegas was so fortunate to have this family as part of our community. God rest Don's eternal soul.
Donald Campbell
January 16, 2021
Dear Lois , Valerie and I just discover the devastetating news ... we are so so sad to hear that Mr B left us . He was such and incredible and inspiring man . And at the top of such a wonderful family . We can imagine how lonely you can feel with such a great man and a loving husband away . We love you as we love all your family . We send you all our love and our strong support to keep the wonderful memory . With all our priers . Valerie and Jean-Marc Gallot
Valerie, Jean-Marc , Antoine , Timothee , Olivier and Clara Gallot
January 16, 2021
Such wonderful people. I had the honor of meeting Don and Lois back in the day when my husband was hired to help guide their dogs, Mr. and Mrs. B in learning some manners! Their kindness, smiles, and love for their pups will stay with me always. I have no doubt Jim was there to greet you on the other side as we spoke of you often and those sweet and silly bulldogs. Much love to Lois and all your family!
Tammy Crawford
January 16, 2021
Lois and All the Borsack Family, We send our deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. B. He truly exemplified the epitome of a life well lived. He will be dearly missed. Peace & Love, Randy Harris & Family
Randy Harris
January 15, 2021
He was a great man. He will be missed..
blaine sanders
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January 15, 2021
Kelly Morelli
January 15, 2021
My deepest symphony goes out to the Borsack Family. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. B in person, but felt I knew him through all the Wonderful stories I have heard over the years. A truly amazing man, which was passed down through generations. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless all of you through this difficult time.
Kelly Morelli
January 15, 2021
Dear Borsack family, I am sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I have so many fond memories. He lives on in all of you. May God bless you all. Fondly, Cathy Raftery McCullough
Cathy Raftery McCullough
January 15, 2021
So sad to hear of Mr. B's passing it was a true honor to have known him and all of his beautiful family, he and Lois always made everyone feel at home, Prayers for Lois and the entire family.
Claudine Sanchez
January 15, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Karen Grillo
January 15, 2021
The Jackson Family
January 14, 2021
Good bless Mr B. And his entire family. Sorry for your loss, but what a great guy and great legacy Take Care
Greg Priest
January 14, 2021
It's hard to say goodbye to someone as special as Mr. B. My thoughts and prayer are with Lois and family during this difficult time.
Diana Mercurio
January 14, 2021
The Massi And Manzonie Family
January 14, 2021
Vicki and Bill Reisler
January 14, 2021
I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. B. I feel privileged to have known him well and spent some quality time with him and Lois over the years. My heart and prayers go out to all of his family and friends.
Laura Petersheim
January 14, 2021
Clarke and Brittany Knippen
January 14, 2021