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Louis Tabat

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iconMSGT. LOUIS TABAT U.S. Air Force, Retired Louis Tabat, 87, of Las Vegas, passed away Feb. 21, 2011. He was born April 28, 1923, in Appleton, Wis., one of 10 children who all have predeceased him. His twin sister passed in 2008. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps at age 18, which then became the Air Force. He served in World War II, the Berlin Air Lift and the Korean War. He was a flight engineer and after 20 years of service, retired as a master sergeant. He was married to Mary Verona at age 25 for 35 years, who was killed in an automobile accident. With Mary, he had five children, Ronald, Dale, Glenn, Christine and Therese. He had six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and when he married Ann Tabat in 2003, gained three step-grandchildren; a stepson; and daughter-in-law. After retirement from the Air Force, he opened a TV sales and service business and serviced North Las Vegas and Las Vegas for over 10 years. He ran for constable of Clark County, and was elected and served six terms, which consisted of 24 years. Lou was always interested in sports and became a coach for the high schools and a referee. He did much for the youth in Las Vegas in promoting sports, helping the children get a chance at being part of it and put out a book for the kids and parents on how to avoid drugs and the pitfalls of youth. He was a good friend of Doc Romeo, Kenny Guinn, Dale Reid, Harry Reid, Joe Cortez and many others in town who saw this town move and grow. He was able to organize a monument and hand-painted wall for the Thunderbirds and also for some of the young men who died serving their country. Lou was a well-respected boxing judge who not only worked here with boxing, but also did many overseas bouts. He was known for his honesty and integrity. He judged many of the old greats as Mohammed Ali, Larry Stearns, Boom Boom Mancini, Mike Tyson and many others in those years. He was privileged to have assisted in two world boxing Olympics. He was a great supporter to sports and the youth. His own motto was to live each day as though it was your last and that all that mattered was how you will spend your eternity with the Lord. He spent much of his time making sure that the friends he had or the old workers that worked with him or under him were never forgotten. His calls and lunches out with them were special. He always had small gifts to give to people and reminded them, right down to the waitress or server, that they were as good as him and special. He never ceased to remind them of their soul and the good Lord. It was his job to make all he met laugh and to be happier then when he arrived. His personal generosity was and is known by many, right here in Las Vegas. it was "his" town and he was proud of it. As he once said to me, "I didn't build any buildings or parks, but I am building a pathway to what really counts in the hereafter." "We will all miss you Lou, but you had the gift of giving and a life that you lived well." Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, with Vigil service at 6 p.m., both at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, at St. Joseph, Husband of Mary, Catholic Church, 7260 W. Sahara Ave. Graveside services will follow, at Palm Valley View Memorial Park, 7600 S. Eastern Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lou's name to Our Lady of Wisdom Church, Building Fund, 2120 Lindell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89146, as this was a special place for him that he supported and grew to love and prayed in peace.

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