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Station founder Fertitta's services set

25 August 2009

LAS VEGAS, Nevada –- Services for Station Casinos founder Frank Fertitta Jr. will be Friday and Saturday.

A rosary and vigil will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph Husband of Mary Catholic Church at 7260 West Sahara Ave.

The funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer at 55 East Reno Ave., southeast of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard South.

The rosary, vigil and funeral mass will be open to the public; however, burial will be private.

The Fertitta family asked that donations be made to either Bishop Gorman High School or Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.

Fertitta, 70, died Friday morning in Los Angeles after having heart surgery a few weeks ago.

Fertitta had been hospitalized at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Fertitta opened and expanded the Palace Station and had bought the land that would eventually house Boulder Station when he retired from Station Casinos in 1993, turning the business over to his sons, Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta. The company then went public.

After leaving the company, Frank Fertitta Jr., privately financed the building of Texas Station on Rancho Drive in 1994. He sold the property at cost to Station Casinos before its opening in 1995.

Fertitta is credited with pioneering the locals casino market, developing a place that catered to Las Vegas residents and gaming industry employees looking to relax at the end of their shifts.