W. OWEN NITZ
1932 - 2019
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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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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 3, 2019.
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March 5, 2019
Ashley, Stacy and Gina, I just found out your father passed away. My condolences. I will always remember his kindness to this skinny kid hanging around your family. Love to you all, and thanks to all of you for your friendship.
Jim Hulse
February 19, 2019
What a wonderful human, I hope one day I can do as much good on this planet as you. Blessings♡
D Lippmann
February 17, 2019
I miss you, Owen! I shall always cherish all our moments together. You are always in my heart, and I am grateful, thankful you are in Heaven throughout eternity, with a perfect, imperishable, young body.You did win, and finished well!
You are and always, the most amazing, well rounded man. You know hard work (growing up in a farm, served our country in the Air Force making sure the airplanes were in perfect working condition, you built the cabin in the mountains (beautiful ceiling!), you know electricity, plumbing, building, awesome business man, outstanding attorney Thank you for inviting me to see you in action your last court case! :)
You are humble, and a man who knows who he is and doesn't take any "junk" from anyone, nor let anyone walk over you, nor cared "what people think" (We went everywhere with Rocky
:)) (I thought he would be a deterrent, but you said "Yes", and our friendship grew. :)
)You are responsible, extremely wise with your finances. (I couldn't believe you saved the coffee not used for the next day! How many people mocked me for such! You amazed me! (We have so much in common, personally, not "in the world".)
You always take/took time for me, no matter what the clock said, and, we talked for hours! All our days, evenings spent together were comfortable, and relaxing. You are "one of a kind", taught me a lot (not enough, but thankful for the time) you are a special, honest man with a lot of love in your heart. I am joyful for the numerous times we went to church, and see, the walls didn't fall down! LOL I know you are having a joyous time-forever, and receiving your rewards from God.You finished well, Owen. One day, in God's time, I'll see you in Heaven. (Thank God!!) (I hope many others who knew and love you will too!) This is the solace I have and memories which I hold onto for comfort.
You are a champion! In your last days, you were amazingly strong. You are a great inspiration to me, and an awesome example to all who know and love you! NEVER GIVE UP!
I am blessed to have seen the "softer, transparent side of you.
You are/shall forever be missed, loved, appreciated, and never forgotten.
Lots of Love Forever,
Elizabeth
P.S. I use present tense, because you are alive.
:)
Elizabeth Faiman
February 11, 2019
Soar like an eagle Owen . Your legacy will live on , the impression you have left behind on this earth is impeccable! What a wonderful Man, father , husband and friend , . you were to so many from beginning to end. I hope to see you again one day .
Cindy Huffman
February 10, 2019

To the entire Nitz family,

On behalf of the entire Morgan family we express and send the Nitz family our sincerest and deepest condolences. Owen was always very kind to us. I personally shared and prepared many a memorable meal for Owen and Jan and shared much good cheer and good times with them both. Owen was very kind and supportive when he was in town working on the IP project. I learned much from watching Owen and will always be glad that I was fortunate enough to know him.

Stephen Morgan
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February 8, 2019
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February 8, 2019
To Ashley, Stacy, and Gina,
I'm very sorry to hear of your father's passing, as well as your mother. They were always very gracious and nice to me when I was involved in your family. They always made me feel welcome. Needless to say, I was a bit intimidated when I first met Mr. Nitz. As you know, I always addressed him as Mr. Nitz, to me it was more than just a form of respect. I really admired your dad. He was a man who commanded respect but also respected me. I was always interested in what he was doing when I visited. From working on a car to looking through his camera that was outfitted with a telescope, at the moon!! I had never seen anything so cool in my young life. I remember that the prom pictures that he took of us were always better than the ones that we had taken at the prom! I've thought about (you and) your family over the years, and I have very fond memories of those days. I feel blessed that I got to be part of your beautiful family for a few years. God bless you Mr. and Mrs. Nitz, and thank you for all of the great memories.
Eradio (Roddy) Cantu
February 4, 2019
Girls, I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the whole family. Your dad was such a great man. I hope you find peace through the wonderful memories you have of him. With Sympathy,
Justice Abbi Silver
February 4, 2019
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February 4, 2019
Owen, I will miss you and your wonderful stories. But, you are with Jan now and that makes everything good. Thank you for supporting Opportunity Village and other charities in Las Vegas. Your philanthropy touched so many people. Rest in Peace.
Cary Harned Alderucci
February 4, 2019
I just learned of Owen's passing. My deepest condolences to the family. To say he lived a Super-Fantastic (I can hear him say it) life is quite an understatement. I benefitted greatly from his counsel and mentoring. He is deeply missed.
Ron Gillettet
February 4, 2019
I worked with Owen for many years at the UNLV Foundation in his role as Trustee of the Stocker Trust. He was strong willed but always had the best interests of the students and university at heart and was definitely a fun loving man! I will definitely miss him.
Deborah Young
February 3, 2019
He was a high impact gentleman and a natural born leader. He always had a big voice and great sense of humor.
john boyer
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