Sept. 20, 1932 — Oct. 19, 2017
By Rolando Larraz
Las Vegas Tribune
Many people accept death as something very natural, because we all are passing through in this world. The ones who feel that way are probably right, but nothing hurts more than losing an old friend.
I am trying to write this without being very solemn, because Tony was always full of life and speaking to him was a great pleasure since he always had a joke or something funny to say. If he didn’t make me laugh, he always left me with a smile on my face.
Tony Badillo and I were friends, good friends, for 52 years. Saying 52 years sounds easy, but those are a lot of years for a “racist” like me to be friends with a Mexican! Right now I know he is laughing from Heaven. Tony was born in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.
After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1957, Tony settled in Las Vegas. He worked at the Sands Hotel until its closing, as a blackjack dealer. He founded the Nevada Casino Dealers Association and Gaming School, giving many new dealers the opportunity to launch a good career.
Tony was completely committed and devoted to his wife and his family.
My deepest condolences to his wife, Lucinda; his children, Amber, Dean, Maria Eugenia, Jorge, Jose Luis, Anthony and Sherli; and his brother Jose Luis of El Paso, Texas.
He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Viewing is today, October 25, from 8 a.m. to Noon at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main Street, Las Vegas, with service following at St. Bridget Roman Catholic Church, 220 N. 14th St., Las Vegas.
Rest in Peace my friend, you will be missed but never forgotten.