JERRY KAUFMAN Jerry Jack Kaufman, 79, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. Born in Cleveland, Sept. 3, 1935, and raised in Los Angeles, he had a long career in the legal field as an attorney and a judge in California, Utah, and Nevada. A graduate of the California Western School of Law in San Diego with a Juris Doctorate, he also held a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Arizona, and a master's degree in business from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He later was appointed as an adjunct professor in business and served on the advisory board for the business school. He came to Las Vegas in 1965 as government lawyer at the Nevada Test Site. He later formed a law firm with former Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly and State Senator Melvin D. Close and Rep. James H. Bilbray, who also was a state senator and regent for the University of Nevada State System. Their firm later merged with another law group that included former Nevada lieutenant governor, judge and hotel entrepreneur Herbert Jones (who was also a former state senator and president of the state's bar association.) Known as Jones, Jones, Close, Bilbray and Kaufman, the firm grew and merged into the Jones-Vargas organization. Jerry served in dozens of positions as an attorney and judge, including as an alternate municipal judge, Nevada Supreme Court settlement judge, District Court Judge Pro Tempore and held additional leadership positions with the March of Dimes and the Easter Seal Society, the Boys Scouts of America and the American National Red Cross. He was also president of B'nai B'rith and served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. As close to his heart as the law was, Jerry also loved playing baseball including as a team member in high school and at the University of Southern California, and later with top major league professionals. He enjoyed skiing, baseball and tennis. Jerry especially loved travelling worldwide. Some of the places Jerry has visited are Asia, Europe, and South America. While he enjoyed practicing law and athleticism, he deeply enjoyed his family, especially his children and grandchild. He taught law worldwide and was sought after for legal advice by many political, business leaders and officials. He was dedicated to Las Vegas and was a key individual in the history of the city from the mid-60's on. He was preceded in death by his parents, Saul and Ida Kaufman; his sister, Thelma Kostbar (David Kostbar); and sister, Jean Gelman (Sidney Gelman). He is survived by his loving fiancee, Li Yun Cao (Lindsay); daughter, Sandi Raines (Dave Raines); son, Keith Kaufman (Hollie Kaufman); and grandson, Matthew Raines. His final resting place will be at Beth Olam in Los Angeles. Celebration of his life will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Spanish Trail Country Club, Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the March of Dimes.