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.