Millard Roy Seldin of Paradise Valley, AZ, and Omaha passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 24 at age 93. A Celebration of Millard ’s life was held Jan. 28 at Congregation Beth Israel Temple, Scottsdale, AZ.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Beverly.
He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Beth of Paradise Valley, AZ, and Derry and Wendy of St. Louis, MO; daughter and son-in-law, Traci and David Moser of Paradise Valley, AZ; six grandchildren: Ariana, Ben, Marina, Grayson, Aaron, and Grant; cousin, Joan Frentz Santa Rosa, CA; and nieces, nephews, and devoted family and friends.
He was born in Council Bluffs, IA, on Aug. 8, 1926. He served two-years in the US Navy during WWII, trained as a radio gunner, and was in flight school when the war ended.
In 1947, he began a homebuilding career with his father, Ben Seldin, forming Seldin and Seldin, before graduating from the University of Iowa. Millard was the founding member of the Omaha real estate business, which included many entities merged into the Seldin Development and Management Company. He co-founded Hawkeye Bank in Iowa. In 1990, he also co-founded Southwest Value Partners in Scottsdale, AZ, while maintaining real estate and business interests in Omaha. Millard worked closely with his son Scott until recently at Seldin Real Estate, the operating company for the family office of Kent Circle Partners.
He served on the Council Bluffs Planning Board, was President of Council Bluffs Industrial Foundation, active in the Omaha Home Builders Association, National Home Builders Association, and Urban Land Institute.
Millard had a deep affection for racehorses and continued to be active in horse breeding and the racing industry. He became a minority partner in the Phoenix Suns NBA and Phoenix Mercury WNBA professional basketball teams. He was a consummate student, philanthropist, and medical advocate who was always helping others. In 2013, Millard made a donation to Barrows Neurological Foundation in honor of his wife, Beverly. The gift was used to form the Beverly and Millard Seldin Family Disc and Spinal Regeneration Lab.
He is most celebrated for the love and devotion he showed in caring for his family and friends.
Memorials may be made to Barrows Neurological Foundation in Phoenix, AZ, Jewish Federation of Omaha or Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farms in Georgetown, KY.