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Albrecht, Fredrick C.  
FRED ALBRECHT Fredrick C. Albrecht, 71, passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, after a long battle with cancer. Born April 10, 1944, in Youngstown, Ohio, Fred had a 38-year UNLV related career from 1970-2007. He began as an assistant basketball coach and later served as the head coach of the highest ranked UNLV men's tennis team, twice as an interim university director of athletics and as a vice president of UNLV from 1997 to 2007. In 1973, Fred founded and was credited for the creation of the Tam Alumni Center, where he served for decades as the director of alumni relations. In 2012, he was awarded the UNLV Presidents Medal and was inducted into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame. He remained active with UNLV even after his retirement, amongst other things, raising funds for the Jerry Tarkanian Memorial statue. Fred had an undergraduate degree from Kent State University, where he was inducted into the Kent State Basketball Hall of Fame. He also obtained his master's degree in education from UNLV. He is survived by his wife, of 37 years, Connie; daughter, Michelle Castro; grandson, Andrew Castro; sister, Carol Pinney, her husband, Pat, and their daughter, Laura; sister-in-law, Dixie Morrissey; and brother-in-law, Manny Morrissey. A celebration of life is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fred C Albrecht Scholarship Fund, UNLV Alumni Center, (702) 895-3621 or 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 1010, Las Vegas 89154-1010.
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Blanchard, Jim E. "Jimmy"  
JIMMY BLANCHARD Jim "Jimmy" E. Blanchard, age 57, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, after battling cancer, at home with close friends and family present. He was born Feb. 9, 1958, in Las Vegas, where he was a lifelong resident. During his early years, Jim worked in the masonry trade for almost 30 years and later he became a member of Iron Workers Union #433 and Operating Engineers #501. He worked for the West Gate Hotel and Casino. Jimmy enjoyed riding his Harley soft tail, off-roading and riding the sand dunes. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Cherrial Champion and Eli Blanchard. Jim is survived by his daughter, Nicole Blanchard; and two grandchildren, Mi'Amore Tierra Marie Blanchard, Jayceon Kassius and Jim McKinney; as well as his sisters, Arta Lee and Barbara Sheldon. He is survived by his nieces, Marsha Lilla, Melissa Lee and Sara Balhan, of Las Vegas. Memorial services will be at noon Saturday, Feb. 27, at Bunkers Mortuary, 925 Las Vegas Blvd. N. "Ride in Peace Jimmy."
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BRADEN, BILL  
BILL BRADEN Bill Braden, 69, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Jan. 8, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army, in Germany, during the Vietnam War from September 1964 to September 1967 and worked for Boyd Gaming for 19 years. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sisters, Ida Walcott and Amy Green; children, Bryan Braden, Juanita Braden, Michel Crump and Michael Crump. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
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CARLIN, TERRENCE  
TERRANCE CARLIN Terrance James Carlin, 74, of Las Vegas, passed away Jan. 31, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his daughters and sons-in-law, Marly and Nick Barainca, and Micka and Mark Sorani; grandchildren, Nicole, Maxwel, and MacKenzie Barainca, and Grace and Monte Sorani; brothers, Thomas and Jerry Carlin; and sister, Cheryl Haigh. There will be a celebration of Terry's noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at their home. All who knew him are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that gifts be made to the Monti Carlin Tettamanti Scholarship Endowment. Checks should be made payable to UNLV Foundation (please note name of scholarship on memo line) and mailed to UNLV Foundation. 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451006, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1006, or gifts may be made online: unlv.edu/foundation/give-online (click on Tribute/Memorial gifts).
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FELTON-BURKS, GAIL  
GAIL FELTON-BURKS Gail Anita Felton-Burks, 54, of Las Vegas, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. She was born Oct. 16, 1961, in Edenton, N.C., to Alethia and Clarence Felton. Gail was a kind soul who is survived by her loving spouse, John Burks; her mother, Alethia Felton; six siblings, Norman Felton, Janet Felton, Kimya Felton, Christopher Felton, Linda Felton and Jacqueline Felton; mother-in-law, Patricia Crawford; brother-in-law, Malachi Crawford; and four nephews, Chanzo Tambuzi, Halisi Tambuzi, Anthony Bylnowski and Sherrod Sims. Memorial celebration in her honor will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at the Oakey Boulevard, Church of Christ, 4000 W. Oakey Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102. "Peace be with her."
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FISHER JR., ERNEST  
SFC ERNEST FISHER JR. U.S. Army, Retired SFC Ernest I. Fisher Jr., U.S. Army (ret.), 59, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 4, 2016. He was born Feb. 11, 1956, in the Bronx, N.Y., to Ernest I. and Lavina Fisher Sr. Ernest went to Yale on a basketball scholarship, owned a vegetarian restaurant and worked for John Hancock before joining the U.S. Army at the age of 33 and serving for 26 before retiring in 2015. Ernest loved being a grandpa and spending time with family. He is survived by his wife, of six years, Tammy Fisher; mother, Lavina Fisher; children, Chelsea, Ernest III and Jennifer; grandsons, Caleb and Deyson; four sisters, Glynis, Dawn, Rachel and Barbara; and three brothers, Andre, Nicholas and Chipper. Viewing will be noon-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, with service following, both at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 S. Eastern Ave. Inurnment will be at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
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GALLAWAY, MARGARET  
MARGARET GALLAWAY Margaret Gallaway, 79, a resident of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Jan. 31, 2015, in her home. She was born Jan. 10, 1937, to Arthur and Anne Kelly in Newport, R.I. Maggie, a recognized and accomplished Nevada tourism and hospitality expert, is survived by her children, Lauraleigh, Eric, Scott, Kelly and their spouses; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson. There will be an Irish wake will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 112 Tighe Way in Las Vegas, "BYOB". Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave. Burial following at noon at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, in Boulder City.
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HEDLER, RUTH  
RUTH HEDLER Ruth R. Hedler passed away Jan. 28, 2016. She was born Dec. 2, 1924, in New York. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charles. Ruth is survived by her children, Kathy (Mike) Sutera, Chuck (Marilyn) Hedler, Jane (Ron) Rooney and Tom (Karen) Hedler. She is also survived by her loving six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank the staff of Prestige Mira Loma and Compassion Care for their loving care and dedication. Services will be in Saratoga, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, in memory of Ruth Hedler.
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HEINZ, JEREMY  
JEREMY HEINZ Jeremy Alan "Jay" Heinz, 37, passed away Feb. 1, 2016, with his family and friends by his side. He was born March 22, 1978, in Las Vegas. Jeremy spent all of his life in Las Vegas, except for his five years served in the U.S. Navy, 2003-2008. While serving in the Navy, Jeremy proudly served on the USS George W. Bush (CVN 77) aircraft carrier as an interior communications electrician. During his time in the Navy, he earned the Navy "E" Ribbon Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal and the designation as the enlisted surface warfare specialist. Jeremy earned his associate's degree in electronics engineering technology at ITT Technical Institute and was working on his bachelor degree in project management at the time of his passing. Jeremy is survived by his parents, James and Diana Heinz; brother, Corey Heinz, his wife, Sharla, and their children, Nate, Grace, Abby; sister, Tami Barton-Bachman, her husband, TJ, and their children, Blake and Perry; his grandma, Miriam Hoagland; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, friends and shipmates from all over the world. One of his friends and shipmates summed up Jeremy, "Jeremy Heinz, you're one of the best persons I've worked with, served with and been friends with. You made all the people around you laugh even when they were at their lowest point, you brightened every dull moment at whatever expense it was to you. You had hidden talents that were always surprising to me. Your time here was short, but you made the best of it and you left an awesome impression on the people who came to know you in this life. You will be forever missed." Viewing will be 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, with services following from 11 a.m.-noon, both at Palm Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd. Jeremy will be laid to rest at 9:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, in Boulder City.
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HOYT, MERLYN H.  
The Lord called Merlyn Hoyt home on January 23, 2016. Merlyn lived a long, full and blessed life and most people know him as "the Judge." Merlyn was born June 13, 1933 in Ely, Nevada. He lived most of his life in Ely graduating from White Pine High School in 1951. In high school he played football and basketball and was named to the 1951 all-state team in football. He attended the University of Nevada in Reno and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is a lifetime member of Lambda Chi Alpha. Upon graduation in January 1957 he was hired by Ralph Crosser, Comptroller for Kennecott Copper Nevada Mines Division as a cost accountant at McGill, Nevada. He met his wife Carol in Ely, NV and they married in 1959. In 1960 Merlyn decided to attend Law School. This was encouraged by Senator Alan Bible, who helped Merlyn & Carol find employment in Washington D.C. Carol worked full time (to help Merlyn through law school) at the United States Senate for the Senate District of Columbia Committee, of which Senator Bible was Chairman. Merlyn also worked part time at the Georgetown Public Library, attended summer school, and finished law school in two and a half years (January 1963). Merlyn went from law school straight to an attorney position in the Department of Interior, National Parks and Monuments. The following summer he passed bar examinations in Washington D.C. and in Nevada and was admitted to both Bars. While he worked in the Interior Department he was asked to research the legality of the Great Civil Rights March of 1963. He researched the March and submitted his work. On the day of the Great Civil Rights March, Merlyn went to observe and was invited to join the Great March. He gladly marched all the way to the Lincoln Memorial and heard the Great Speech of Martin Luther King who spoke about his dream of equality in America. He left the Interior Department to take the position of Assistant United States Attorney in the Department of Justice stationed in Reno, Nevada. He was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States, Nicholas De B. Katzenbach. He prosecuted crime and defended the Government in civil actions. Merlyn learned from working with the FBI, other Federal agents and outstanding Federal Judge Bruce Thompson. Two years later he left the Federal job to return home to Ely, Nevada. Merlyn then ran for the office of District Attorney of White Pine County where he was elected and then re-elected four years later. After serving seven years in the District Attorney's office an opening occurred in the District Judges office and he was appointed by Governor Mike O'Callahan to finish the year left on the term. Merlyn then ran and was elected and re-elected District Judge five times. He ultimately retired mid-term after 27 years on the bench. This was ten years longer than anyone else in the 7th Judicial District - Eureka, Lincoln and White Pine Counties. In 1968 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. He was selected once for Who's Who in American Politics and later Who's Who in American Law. Judge Hoyt loved eastern Nevada. He called it the last of the old State of Nevada. Merlyn often spoke of Ely's beautiful sky, mountains and streams. He fished, hunted and camped from the Ruby Marshes to Mt. Wheeler. Merlyn took great pride in Ely and was proud of living in one of America's most beautiful places with the purest water and cleanest air. Merlyn believed the best attributes of his Nevada were the people. The Americans who loved their country and state Westerners, who are fiercely proud and independent. They took care of themselves, believed in multiple use of the land, water and always share and took good care of it. They supported and stood behind the Law. They were neighbors, friends and companions. Merlyn was honored to serve them in public office for 34 years and felt a special responsibility to deal with family problems and violent criminals as a prosecutor and a Judge. Merlyn took a special interest in children. He followed every local youth activity, coached little league baseball and served as the little leagues President. For years Merlyn drove to Las Vegas with a group of friends to attend football and especially basketball games at UNLV. He also tried to help and protect children in his Court and had little use for those who failed the child or children. He often pointed out that many had helped him in his life and he wanted to do the same in return. Merlyn trained seventeen law clerks and had special pride in each and every one. His law clerks were loyal to him as a Judge in State and Federal Courts. The most important part of Merlyn's life was his wife, children and grandchildren. He had a wonderful wife and marriage. Carol always supported and helped him. They ultimately shared 57 years of love and happiness. He was very proud of each child and grandchild and kept track of each of their lives. Merlyn often said "the Lord will let me know when it's time for me to go home". And it's finally time! Merlyn has gone home and was loved, admired and will be missed by many. It was his hope, that in some small way he helped make the world a better place. He is survived by his wife Carol Lamphere Hoyt (married 56 years). He is also survived by four children Michael Hoyt, Las Vegas, NV, Barbara (Scott) Mccraw, Lexington, SC, Tracy (Brad) Lewis, Lake Oswego, OR and Paul (Celina) Hoyt, Keller, TX. There are nine grandchildren: Michael Hoyt, Nicholas Hoyt, (CO), Travis (Grace Ann) Hoyt, Jamee Cobb, Jaedyn Swails, (SC), Kellen, Kally and Kaden Lewis, (OR), Brooklyn Hoyt, (TX) and one great grandchild Hailee Cobb, (SC). Merlyn was predeceased by his parents Harold and Hazel Hoyt, his sister Connie Cota and brother Phil Hoyt. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life ceremony in honor of Judge Hoyt on Saturday, February 27th from 3pm-6pm. The location is the Bristlecone Convention Center. 150 Sixth Street Ely, Nevada. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation on Merlyn Hoyt's behalf to the Three Square Food Bank at threesquare.org
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