December 24, 2020 Casino, Land-Based

Las Vegas mourns passing of former mayor, gaming vet Ron Lurie

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Ron Lurie, former Mayor of Las Vegas and a one-time general manager of Arizona Charlie’s Decatur Casino passed away this week at age 79.

Lurie, a Democrat, was Mayor of the city from 1987 to 1991. He began working in the gaming industry in 1978, holding roles with International Gaming Technology and Sigma Games, according to a notice in the Las Vegas High School Alumni Association.

Lurie moved to Las Vegas at a young age when his father accepted a role as boxing judge and chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission.

"I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of former Las Vegas Mayor Ron Lurie," Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said on Twitter. "Ron was a dear friend & an exceptional public leader who devoted two decades of his life to public service. Kathy and I are holding the Lurie family close in our hearts."

Eight years after serving in public office, Lurie took over as Arizona Charlie’s in Decatur. He retired earlier this year.

Current Las Vegas Mayor said in a statement, “What a loss for our community. Ron was a man with a giving heart and huge smile. A friend to all, like his dad, Art, Ron made a difference to Las Vegas.”

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