WILLIAM BRIARE William "Bill" Briare, 76, of Las Vegas, passed away Friday, Dec. 8, 2006. He was born July 13, 1930, in Long Beach, Calif., and resided in Nevada for 51 years. Bill grew up in San Francisco, he was a 1948 graduate of St. Ignatius High School and the University of San Francisco. He was a successful business man, owning his own insurance agency, travel magazine distributorship, real estate and investment company and family cookie shop. Some of his other accomplishments were: He was unanimously elected president of the Nevada Young Democrats. He was the chairman of Clark County and Nevada State Democrat Central Committee. Chairman State Democratic Convention, 1960. Elected to the Nevada Legislature, 1960 – 1962. Colorado River Commission. Elected Clark County commissioner 1962. Re-elected Clark County commissioner, 1966. Chairman – Board of County Commissioners. Trustee-Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital. President of the Nevada Association of County Commissioners. Chairman of the Civil Disaster Control Board. Board of Directors – Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Elected mayor of Las Vegas 1975 – 1979. Re-elected mayor of Las Vegas 1979 – 1983. Re-elected Mayor of Las Vegas 1983 – 1987. Corporate Board – Muscular Dystrophy Association. Chairman – Downtown Progress Association. Charter President – Sertoma. Knights of Columbus. Las Vegas chairman – March of Dimes. Elks Club member. Founded Las Vegas Arts Commission. Member – Strip Beautification Commission. Executive Board – Boy Scouts of America. Friends of Youth (FOY). Junior League Sports Pioneer of Youth Soccer in Las Vegas. Eagle Scout Character Board of Review. Special awards received by Bill; Superior Award for Leadership–Junior Chamber of Commerce. Distinguished Service Award –Junior Chamber of Commerce. Young Man of the Year – Junior Chamber of Commerce. City of Las Vegas Medal of Honor. Working with Las Vegas Events, was instrumental in bringing high profile events to Las Vegas like the National Finals Rodeo and the National Association of Homebuilders Convention. Bill Briare developed the original concepts and early push to construct a high speed 'Bullet Train" between Southern California and Las Vegas. An avid photographer, Bill Briare has won a number of awards and has been published. (including the Sprint Telephone Directory Cover) He exhibited in both group and one man shows. He was preceded in death by Leona "Jo" Briare. Bill is survived by his wife, Susan Briare; children, Linda McKay, Bill, Don, Jim, Bob and Tim Briare; stepchild, Lori Wolf; brother, Vincent Briare; 19 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at St. James Catholic Church, 1920 N. Martin Luther King Blvd. Contributions may be made to Lou Ruvo Brain Institute, 9101 W. Sahara Ave, PMB 105-177, Las Vegas, NV 89117; (702) 263-9797.
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Dec. 12, 2006.