RONALD LURIE Ronald Philip Lurie passed away December 22, 2020, a loss that reverberated through his family, friends, and ultimately the Las Vegas community. Born January 23, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, Ron found his real home in the, then, tiny town of Las Vegas. As the city continued to grow, reaching to touch the edges of the valley, Ron's mission was always to leave a better Las Vegas for future generations. His journey towards the development and growth of Las Vegas included his time as a City Councilman from 1973 through 1987, then Mayor from 1987 to 1991. Many long time Las Vegas residents would still call him Mr. Mayor as he walked the floor during his tenure as General Manager of Arizona Charlie's, something that always coaxed a smile from him. Ron was already a veteran of the gaming industry when he stepped into his role as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Arizona Charlie's in 1999. While his role technically called for him to oversee the day-to-day operations of the hotel and casino, his commitment to the employees and guests is where he found his true calling. In 2018, Ron became the Ambassador between the company, guests, and community service agencies when Golden Entertainment acquired Arizona Charlie's before retiring in early 2020. Ron's life-long commitment to bettering the community of Las Vegas, could be seen in diverse areas such as education, youth services and wildlife management and resource conservation. He proudly served numerous organizations, including; Nevada Department of Wildlife Commission, Fraternity of Desert Bighorn Sheep, West Charleston Lion's Club, Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, and Youth Charities of Southern Nevada. He also served on the board of governors for Valley Hospital and as Chairman of the Patient Advisory Committee. His philanthropic endeavors allowed him to give back to the community that he cared for so much. The only thing that rivaled Ron's love for the community he served for most of his life, was the love he had for his family and friends. Predeceased by his parents, Art and Ellie, and his wife, Beverly. He is survived by his daughter, Ronda; son in law, Adam; their children Jillian and Ryan; his son, Ben and his children, Taylor, Nathan, Emily, and Asher, his sister, Wendy Kahn: brother-in-law Eddie and nephew EJ. Ron cultivated numerous lifelong friendships through all walks of his extraordinary life. Those who knew him, the Ron Lurie outside of the glitz and glam of the neon, knew how truly and deeply he cared for those fortunate enough to call him a friend. Whether they knew him in his early years at Las Vegas High School, during his time serving the city, in his capacity as General Manager, out in the wilds on a legendary turkey hunt, strolling the fairways, at the same coffee shop for breakfast, or in the quiet moments where love and safety mattered most, Ron's friendship was something to be cherished and will continue on in the hearts of everyone he touched. His loss is felt deeply by all who knew him. Services will be private with a Celebration of Life for family and close friends at a later date. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada or the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn.
Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Dec. 30, 2020.