Michael J. Laubach

On Monday, August 9, 2021, Michael J. Laubach, loving husband and father of three children passed away at the age of 66.  Michael was born November 28th in Merced, California to Don Laubach and Thelma Gomes.  Michael was preceded in death by his father Don.  His spirit is carried on by his Wife, Kimberley, his three children, Samantha (Andrew) Reaves of Horn Lake, Mississippi, Christopher Gilmore of Las Vegas, Spencer Laubach of Las Vegas, and by his mother, Thelma (Eddie) Gomes of Las Vegas, his brother, Nick (Elle) of Macau, China his two sisters, Kathy (Wayne) Butts of Challis, Idaho, Vicky (Dick) Snyder of Gustine, California and four step-sisters, Adrienne (Bob) of Horn Lake, MS, Valerie (Mark) Wills of Canon, City, CO, Benet (Michael) Murphy of Las Vegas, Brenda Jacobs of Las Vegas, NV, two grandsons, Owen and Tyson Reaves of Horn lake, MS and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  Michael worked in the casino industry for over 30 years and spent the last 20 years working for Boyd Gaming Corporation where he attained the title of Corporate Vice President of Slot Operations.  Michael enjoyed camping, motorcycle rides, PC gaming and spending time with his family and friends. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile and laugh and his kind and compassionate spirit. A message from his children:

I Love You Dad:

What can you say to someone who has always been one of the most essential parts of your world, someone who took you by the hand when you were little and helped to show you the way? What do you say to someone who stood by to help you grow, providing love, strength, and support so you could become the person you are today? What can you say to let him know that he’s the best there is and that you hope you’ve inherited some of his wisdom and his strength? What words would you say if you ever got the chance? Maybe you just say, I love you Dad, and hope he understands. No one can ever replace our dad. We hold all our memories close to our heart, but it is the laughter he brought in our lives that will help us get through all the pain we feel. All the dirty jokes, silly expressions, or crazy things he would do just to put a smile on not just our faces, but your faces as well is something we all need to hold on to.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City, NV at 2:00 pm.  Afterward, Family and Friends are invited to the Laubach home from 5pm-8pm to raise a glass in celebration of Michael’s life.

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  • Larry Pfeufer
    August 24, 2021 9:19 pm

    Mike my dear friend, you were like an older brother to me. You had a charm and quick wit like no other. If you knew Mike like a lot of us did you would know if you needed advise or had a problem Mike was the go to guy to help or solve your problem. Mike was always great fun to be around. You were a great teacher. Mike was the kind of guy where if you had a disagreement that ended up scaring the hell out of anyone around you, the two of you would still go to lunch together and laugh all the while people around would be left scratching their heads.
    There are so many stories to tell it would take forever.
    Mike God Speed and will see you on the other side.
    We love and will miss you terribly.
    Your friend Larry

  • He was the best, he was my friend for over 25yrs and I will miss him very much.

    Never a dull moment with Mike.

  • I enjoyed my relationship with Mike for almost 20 years as much as any I have had my entire life. He was a very personal, honest, smart and deep thinking man that was always interested in my life and my thoughts. We talked about a lot of things, sometimes we even talked business. We worked together on some huge projects that had tens of millions of dollars associated with them but nothing on paper was more secure than Mike saying “we will take care of it”. I miss him and i get sad to think of the loss his family and friends feel, but am comforted momentarily about how great he made me feel on many occasions. That’s a great picture of him on this page, and it even makes me smile… I can only imagine what came out of his mouth next. I miss him deeply. God speed to his family.

    • I have also been a friend of this wonderful guy for many years. We shared many laughs and stories over our times together. I wish him peace and his family love in these sad times.

  • RIP Michael. Your laughter and genuine concern for others is what I always remember you by.

    You held yourself to high standards and expected same of others but you were always fair.

    The entire Laubach family are in our prayers

  • Blessings and prayers to your family.

  • Gregory Pearson
    August 25, 2021 3:16 pm

    I will never forget my friend, boss, and very special person! I met Mike at the Stardust and taught him about slot machines. Mike later hired me to help open the Hollywood Casino in Tunica MS. It was the best time I ever spent working. I will miss him, his humor and all our fun together.

  • It sounds like he was an incredible father. I want you to know that he showed up the same way in his professional life. A larger than life character and a legend of the Gaming industry. His wit always kept me on my toes and made every encounter entertaining. I was blessed to know him. Safe passage my friend.

  • Elaine Hodgson
    August 25, 2021 11:18 pm

    Mike treated my company with kindness and respect when we were just starting in gaming. He believed in us even when there was only a glimmer of hope. His honesty and humor made us all love him. I will miss him. Mike made a difference in our lives.

  • Devoni Huffman
    August 28, 2021 3:52 pm

    I didn’t personally know Mike but I know how much my cousin Kim and her boys adored him. RIP Mike…I know his spirit will be with each one until they are together again. Kim, your live was a special bond that death cannot break. I love you and know he is with you always, guiding, encouraging and influencing every decision you make. God bless each and all with peace, joy and remembrance.❤😘

  • Carolyn Holderfield
    August 29, 2021 3:01 pm

    Kimberly, my prayers are with you and the family at this time. Praying for peace and direction

  • Like many others, I’m blessed to have known Mike. A wonderful human being who will be sorely missed. My most sincere condolences to Mike’s family.

  • Chika Carbins-Johnson
    September 9, 2021 4:17 pm

    Mike, you were simply the best! Thanks for always having my back and helping me every time I called you! You will be missed in the industry and more importantly, missed as a friend! Sending prayers and condolences, all the way from Louisiana, to Mike’s entire family! Sleep in Peace my friend❤️

  • I really enjoyed getting to know Mike over the past 10 yrs. He gave our small company a chance when he didn’t have to and he was an awesome VIP at our awards show. He will be deeply missed. My condolences

  • Mark Earl sullivan
    September 13, 2021 4:15 pm

    He was my friend love you Mikey

  • Michael Kensworth
    September 22, 2021 2:02 am

    Mike taught me so much about life, will never forget the times we spent together.
    A mentor, a brother, a teacher, a lifelong friend.
    Will miss you but never forget you.
    Thank you so much for everything.

  • I heard about Mike’s passing today. I worked under Mike for two years in the Tunica market. I’ve had many managers throughout my years in the workforce and Mike was without question the most talented. He was fair and always had your back. Whenever I discuss working in the Gaming Industry, I talk about Mike Laubach with a smile on my face. I would share stories of working with Mike through the years with family and friends. I informed them all that I learned more from Mike in two years than I learned from any other leader in my 24 years in the business. I wish I could share those same stories here but there are way too many to mention. Mike nicknamed me Brain. I want to express my condolences to Mike’s family. Mike Laubach is irreplaceable. Thanks for everything you did for me Mike. Brain


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