Mitch Selznick (1946-2016)

Hannah and Mitch 20160514Mitchell Aaron Selznick, age 69, died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Hannah at his side on May 21, 2016.

Born in Lebanon, PA, to Max and Razelle Selznick, he was the middle child, with an older sister Beth Selznick (Beck) and younger brother Daniel Selznick. His immediate and extended family was close, and their life-long connection was business. Mitch grew up in the furniture industry and his family started the iconic American brand, Levitz Furniture. Growing-up, he did every job imaginable and learned all aspects of the business. He was drafted into the Army and served in the Vietnam War, and upon his return he continued to support the family in their next series of furniture stores for the rest of his career.

Although Mitch was dedicated to his work, it did not define his purpose in life. He had three children, Sarah Selznick (West), Benjamin Selznick and Zachary Selznick. Ten years ago he met the woman of his dreams, Hannah Selznick. Together they loved the arts – music; performing and visual arts; and, the beauty of nature.  Mitch was an accomplished photographer and was always ready to capture the perfect moment. This past decade was filled with many domestic and international travels, including the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and the State of Israel. Mitch wrote poetry and played the guitar. His mind was a steel trap and could recall facts about American and World history and pop-culture whenever the family was stumped. His witty sense of humor will be missed, his dad-isms, and the intellectual political conversations.

Mitch always prided himself in raising his family in beautiful places – San Diego, CA; Nevada City, CA; Park City, UT; and Scottsdale, AZ. He truly loved taking his family skiing, boating, and on numerous road trips around the U.S.

Mitch had a voracious thirst for learning and was always on the forefront of technology. Four years ago he decided to return to college and take media design classes. He went onto become an Adobe Certified Specialist. He started Selznick Photography and supported Hannah’s rebranding of her business, coining the phrase “The Oboe Fairy.”

Above all, Mitch loved his family. He leaves behind his ‘darling’ Hannah, three children, five grandchildren, his brother and sister, and many life-long friends. In his final weeks, his daughter asked him to share words of advice and he replied, “Love your family and travel the world.”

Instead of a traditional service, the family will celebrate his life by taking Mitch sailing and letting his ashes dance across the San Diego Harbor. He will be greatly missed, always remembered, and may his memory be a blessing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to MusicaNova Orchestra in Mitch’s name, at www.musicanovaaz.com or 4802 East Ray Road #23-115, Phoenix, AZ 85044.

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