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ROY WOOFTER Roy A. Woofter, 79, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in his home. He was surrounded by his wife and family. Roy was born April 18, 1933, to Blair and Geraldine Woofter (Bell) in Sheridan, Wyo. He did most of his growing up in Sheridan with his best friend, Dutch. Roy often accompanied his father on his work trips to Las Vegas. During those times Roy attended public schools both in Sheridan and in Las Vegas. Education was important to Roy's parents; he was always in school even while traveling back and forth. Most of his adolescence was spent in Sheridan. Roy worked hard in his early life; as he did later in life. In Sheridan, he and Dutch both worked for the railroad as Gandy Dancers, while saving their money to go to college. Roy has been a resident of Las Vegas for 60 years. Roy attended UNLV, a junior college on a dirt road named Maryland Parkway. While going to college, Roy worked for Union Pacific Railroad in Las Vegas - only this time he worked in the office. After serving as a Corporal in the U.S. Army in both Germany and France, using his entitlement from his GI Bill, Roy then went on to receive his bachelor's and master's of science degrees from University of Nevada, Reno. One of Roy's mentors was Senator Howard Cannon who encouraged him to apply and attend George Washington School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he graduated with his law degree. During his internship, Roy worked under President John Fitzgerald Kennedy as a law clerk. When President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated, he then continued to work as a law clerk for President Lyndon B. Johnson. Roy ccame back to Las Vegas to practice law and dedicated his early years to teaching, coaching and lecturing to students in Clark and Washoe Counties. Roy worked with numerous charitable, civic, sports and youth organizations and received countless awards for his efforts; some of which included Man of the Year Award to Roy and Mayor Ron Lurie from Help Them Walk Again, for actions in support of spinal injury research; he also received recognition and awards for his effort to communicate with Spanish-speaking people and his outstanding contributions to the Mexican community. Roy was involved with the Scleroderma Foundation Board and hosted all the fund-raising events at his home. He was Director and Active Member of UNLV's Alumni Association, an active member of UNR Alumni Association and for the past 21 years has been an active member of the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl Executive Committee. Roy was an avid supporter of sports in the Las Vegas community where he supported American Legion baseball for youth, UNLV basketball, football and baseball. In 2001, a generous donation was made from Roy to the UNLV baseball. In honor of Roy's donation, UNLV had a table and bench erected and donated in memory of his father, Blair. Roy loved baseball and was a shareholder of the Las Vegas Stars Baseball Team. Roy and the other shareholders were instrumental in establishing Cashman Field. In 1991, a city park was named the Roy Woofter Park. Upon the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Mayor Jan Jones, Roy immediately rededicated his park to his family, honoring his uncle, a police officer who died in the line of duty, and his father, Blair. Roy immediately renamed the park "Woofter Family Park." Roy served the State of Nevada for 50 years; from 1966-1968, he was a Deputy Public Defender (one of three who originated the Public Defender's Office); 1968-1969, Deputy District Attorney (responsible for the prosecution of over 100 preliminary hearings and jury trials); 1969-1971, Justice of the Peace-Clark County, Nevada where he presided over 1,000 felony preliminary hearings and criminal misdemeanor trails; 1971-1974, District Attorney-Clark County, Nevada where he personally prosecuted jury trials (seven murders with successful convictions in each of them), and created the first and only District Attorney Youth Advisory Council comprised of students representative of all Clark County high schools, to work with law enforcement in the DA's Office in formulating goals for a better relationship between the youth and law enforcement; he was also a member of the Liquor and Gaming Board for two years; 1975-1982, maintained his private law practice Continued...

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