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1932 - 2019
W. OWEN NITZ Obituary
W. OWEN NITZ Long-time Las Vegas attorney W. Owen Nitz died January 30, 2019, after a valiant, hard fought six month battle with cancer. Owen was born September 3, 1932 to William and Elizabeth Nitz in Brookings, SD. He was raised on a farm located just outside of Brookings. Owen moved to Las Vegas in January of 1952 to serve in the U.S. Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base. He served until 1956 when he returned to college receiving his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State and his Juris Doctor in 1959 from Denver University Law School. During this time Owen married the love of his life, Janet, August 2, 1957. Owen and Jan were married for 57 years until her untimely death in 2014. Jan and Owen moved to Las Vegas in 1960. Owen ran an extremely successful law practice for over 55 years representing many influential and successful Las Vegas luminaries such as Ralph Engelstad, William Bennett and Mayme Stocker, one of the holders of the first gaming license issued in Nevada. Owen was the trustee of the Stocker Trust which has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of UNLV engineering students over the last 40 years. Owen also acted as the attorney for many successful projects, including the Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the Imperial Palace Biloxi, the Ralph Engelstad Arena and Rhodes Ranch to name a few. Owen became one of the most well respected attorneys ever in Southern Nevada representing people from all walks of life and positively influencing everyone in the legal community. Owen's generous spirit made him a pillar of the community in any number of volunteer and civic organizations such as The Lions Club, Legal Aid Society, a founding member of the Las Vegas Ski Club, Rotary Club and the Lake Mead Yacht Club. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Ralph Engelstad Arena at the University of North Dakota, on the Board of Directors for Opportunity Village, and volunteered his time for numerous other charitable causes. Jan and Owen attended countless charitable functions during their lives in Southern Nevada, including the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Opportunity Village, Nevada Ballet Theatre, UNLV Foundation's Annual Event, and many others, always generously donating to each cause. Owen's zest for life and adventure led him to travel the world over during his lifetime, both with his wife Jan and their three daughters. They traveled to all the continents except Antarctica. Owen and Jan traveled with their daughters across Europe, skied in the Swiss Alps, walked on the Great Wall of China and road the railway across Europe. Later as their family grew, Owen and Jan took their daughters and grandchildren on various trips, always focusing on family and fun. Owen was an accomplished photographer who chronicled these adventures and every other event with amazing photos. Owen and his wife hosted legendary parties over the years with Owen always as the life of the party. For Owen, if you were a friend you were treated like family, and if you were a friend of a friend, you immediately became his friend. Owen built a magnificent park on his large estate and hosted incredible 3rd of July parties and parties with the University of Wisconsin marching Band, Bucky Badger and Wisconsin Cheerleader on two occasions. At all of these parties Owen would lead the festivities, dancing the polka with whomever would join him and generally making sure all of his guests had the greatest time ever. He was a longtime member of the Las Vegas Country Club. OWEN LIVED AN EXTRAORDINARY, SUPER-FANTASTIC LIFE!!! Owen was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janet Nitz; his little brother, John (Jack) Nitz; and his nephew, Ryan Nitz. Owen is survived by his three daughters, Ashley Nitz, Stacey Albregts (Daniel), and Gina Nitz-Guevara (Mack Parker); his five grandchildren, Leah Holleran (24), Zach Albregts (23), Maddi Albregts (21), Spencer Guevara (20) and Alexa Guevara (18); his nephew, Dana Nitz (Linda), their children Jordan, Cassie and Josh; and niece, Lesli Metcalfe (Bill) and their children, Darien and Connor. He touched countless people in Southern Nevada and beyond through his law practice, civic and charitable activities, and his zest for life. Owen's passing leaves a large void in the Las Vegas community. In his honor, live life to the fullest, enjoy everyone and every moment, and donate your time or money to a charitable cause in our community. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89123. Followed by a continued celebration of Owen's life at the Las Vegas Country Club, 3000 Joe W Brown Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89109.
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