Longtime gaming industry veteran Ron Lurie died December 22 at the age of 79. A Las Vegas lawmaker for almost 20 years, Lurie also served a single term as the city’s mayor.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Lurie suffered from blood cancer and associated health problems complicated by Covid-19.
Tributes poured in from public figures including Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, who wrote on Twitter, “Ron was a dear friend and 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.”
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman called Lurie’s death “a loss for our community. Ron was a man with a giving heart and huge smile.”
Lurie was a second-generation Las Vegan whose father, Art, was a boxing judge and former chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission. He spent 14 years on Las Vegas City Council before serving as mayor from 1987 to 1991. He declined to run for a second term, and in 1999 became general manager of Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, his “real home,” according to son Ben. The property’s signature restaurant carries his name: Ron’s Steakhouse.
Lurie retired in January, but remained “an ambassador” for Arizona Charlie’s. A statement from Golden Entertainment, which owns and operates the property, said Lurie “made an indelible mark on Las Vegas through his work as a leader in the gaming industry, as a philanthropist, and as the former mayor of Las Vegas. Through his work as a civil servant, in his gaming career and in his daily life, Ron was a champion for our community and was committed to making Las Vegas a better place for future generations.