Almost everyone who has had the honor of knowing Sheriff Ralph Lamb has a story they can tell attached to the great lawman, and none of the stories are the same.
Ralph Lamb died on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 2:45 in the afternoon, according to family members, and he will be put to his final rest this coming Friday at 1:00 p.m.
He was a tough leader with principles and ethics compared to none and always maintained an open-door policy as much as possible, never beating around the bush with anyone.
Those who had need to talk to the head of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department always had that opportunity as long as they were able to get out of bed very early in the morning; Lamb was in his office bright and early, even as early as five in the morning.
He was a regular at the Oyster Bar of the old Thunderbird Hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard, where he could be seen holding court, as it were, and saying hello to friends and supporters.
Lamb was one of those no-nonsense straightforward people who did not waste anyone’s time; he either said yes or no, but did not keep anyone in suspense when he knew it was going to be “No,” as many people in Las Vegas often do.
Rolando Larraz, founder of the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper, remembers that one time he interceded for a friend that got in trouble and lost his gaming license; when he asked Lamb for clemency for his friend, Lamb’s immediate response was “Ask me anything else, but don’t ask me that because I cannot help you on that.”
At the time Sheriff Lamb was the Chairman of the Liquor and Gaming Commission and the sheriff department was in charge of the working card, best known as the sheriff’s card that was issued to every employee of the hotel and casino industry; no sheriff’s card, no work in Clark County.
Services will be at 1 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Alta Vista Ward, 10550 W. Alta Dr., near Town Center Drive.
Graveside honors will take place immediately after at Bunkers Memory Gardens Cemetery, 7251 W. Lone Mountain Road, near North Tenaya Way.
Lamb is survived by his wife, the former Rae Cornell; two sons, Clifford and Clint, two grandchildren, and one brother, former Clark County Commissioner Darwin Lamb.
He was preceded in death by five Lamb brothers: Floyd, Sheldon, Bill, Phil and Larry; and four sisters, Myrtle Howery, Erma McIntosh, Fae Mason and Wanda Peccole.