Nathan Levine
Nathan Levine
  • July 17, 1919 - July 11, 2015
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

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Our father, grandfather, and great grandfather Nathan Levine passed away shortly before his 96th birthday.

Nat was born July 17, 1919, the fourth of seven children born to Max Levine and Esther Trager Levine. Nat grew up on the Lower East side of Manhattan and in the South Bronx. His mother wanted him to be a rabbi and he spent his early life studying Hebrew at the Bronx YMHA and business at City College of New York (CCNY). During the Depression, he and two friends headed west, hoping to find work. After "living in the asphalt jungle of New York" he "wanted to see the open country of the Wild West." When their car broke down in Salt Lake City, Nat chose to remain here with relatives. He soon met and married Irene Doctorman. Irene died at age 84 after 67 years of marriage. Drafted in 1943, Nat entered the Navy and served in Terminal Island and San Diego. For more than sixty years, he was a part of the management team of the Doctorman's meat-packing business. He learned to ride horses, handle cattle, and was occasionally mistaken for the Lone Ranger- not bad for a city boy.

Over the years, Nat played many important roles in Salt Lake City's Jewish community. Nat belonged to Congregation Kol Ami, was a past-president of Congregation Montefiore, and a supporter for Salt Lake's B'nai B'rith. For ten years, Nat led the Physical Education Department of the James L. White Jewish Community Center, where he was also a member of the JCC's first board of directors. He visited wounded military men at the V.A. Hospital. He also coached little league tennis for three years at the Salt Lake Tennis Club. Nat was a member of the Twenty Man Investment Club for the past 42 years.

Nat was an avid skier and tennis player, and belonged to a bowling league.

Above all, Nat loved his family. He and Irene raised and are survived by "two nice children": Judy Levine Magid and Michael Levine, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and his oldest brother Frank Levine.

A special thanks to Nat's nephew Gary Doctorman who took Nat to lunch nearly every week, and to Dr. Frank Yanowitz, a devoted friend and physician.

Funeral Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 13, 2015 at Evans & Early Mortuary, 574 East 100 South. Following will be a graveside service at Montefiore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to a charity of your choice.