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DON SILBURR

DON SILBURR G. Don Silburr, 90, of Las Vegas, passed away March 20, 2013. He was a U.S. Air Force World War II veteran and maitre d'. He and his new bride Sally moved here to Las Vegas in 1963 from Florida to live "the Las Vegas Dream." Don worked "old Vegas" showrooms as a captain, 21 years at the Sahara, 21 years at Harrah's, retiring at age 86. As a 46-year member of the Culinary Union Local 226, he served on the Captain's Examination Board. He was a past president of Maitre d's and Captains Association in the 1970's and 1980's. He wrote the monthly "Tux Talk," and edited the yearly Golf Journal. He created the "School of Gourmet Service" to train new captains. He was an avid reader and had astute interest in world history and current politics. Don enjoyed racket ball, tennis, skiing in Aspen, foreign travel, cruising, summer sun on the Florida beaches and all water sports. Don was very artistic in his creation of miniature shadow box scenes. Don was known for this Christmas Victorian Aspen Village, each year creating a larger and more like-life replica. He loved his family of cats. Don lived a long life and lived it to the fullest. Don is survived by his wife, of 50 years, Sally; four children, Bob, Connie and Gary Silber and Kris and her husband, Jack Coffelt; four granddaughters, Amber, Paris, Laura and Amy; and his former wife, Josephine Law, all of Pompano Beach, Fla. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Griffith United Methodist Church, 1701 E. Oakey Blvd.

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