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Former Margaux Farm Co-Owner Mersack Dies at Age 83

He shared his love of horses and racing with his family.

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Dr. Ira Mersack, who previously co-owned Margaux Farm in Midway, Ky., died April 10. He was 83.

Born to the late Millie and Barnett Mersack in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mersack grew up in Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Marietta College in Ohio and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Kentucky. He served as a Major in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He practiced dermatology in Lexington for more than 40 years, first joining Dr. Ullin Leavell's practice, then growing the practice and establishing Dermatology Associates of Kentucky.

He shared his love of horses and racing with his family. His partners in Margaux Farm included Rick Trontz with Steve Johnson and later with Johnson and Joe and Lynn Fowler. Joe Fowler and Mersack were further involved as Margaux Farm racing managers.

Mersack was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 46 years, Anita Weinberger Mersack and his sister Arlene Langman. He is survived by his brother, Alan Mersack, his three children, Beth Brody (Raymond), Rebecca (Joe) Young, Melinda Mersack (Mark Jacobs), and his grandchildren Ethan Brody, Jacob Young, Max Young, Isaiah Jacobs, Eli Jacobs, Camille Brody and Kiva Jacobs. 

His service was held at Temple Adath Israel the morning of April 12 and burial followed at Lexington Cemetery.

Donations in Mersack's memory may be made to the Temple Adath Israel Mersack Fund or the Lexington Veteran Affairs Healthcare System.

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.