Feb. 13, 1945 - March 14, 2013
John Marshal Riordan, 68, passed away on Thursday, March 14th in Dayton, Nevada. The son of Harry (Lefty) Riordan and Helen Farbro, he was born in Chicago, Ill. on Feb. 13, 1945.
He was preceded in death by both parents; brother, William J. Riordan and son, Michael Shannon Riordan.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; daughters, Leslie Conery of Las Vegas, Laura Walker of Borger, TX and Mandy Riordan of Austin, TX; sister, Nanci Farbro of Las Vegas; brothers, Mike Riordan (Joann) of Las Vegas, Steve Riordan of Reno and Paxton Farbro of Borger, TX; four grandchildren and one great granddaughter; as well as, uncle Bill (Joyce) Riordan of Carson City and aunt Corrine Quintana of Lake Tahoe; cousin Leo Luchetti of Dayton along with numerous nieces, nephews and other cousins.
John’s career in the gaming industry spanned 44 years, which began as a keno writer and culminated as the assistant General Manager at the Carson Station, from which he retired earlier this year.
His customer service skills were second to none and he was a master of conceiving and producing special events, including his legendary, “John Riordan Fishing Derby.” An exceptional athlete and avid sports enthusiast, he and his brother Bill introduced fantasy football to the Carson Valley over 40 years ago.
He also enjoyed playing golf, fishing, watching (and arguing) all sports, handicapping sporting events and traveling with wife, Barbara.
There will be a rousing celebration of life on Tuesday, March 19, at the Gold Dust West from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the animal rescue charity of your choice.