Three services honoring Sharkey set |

Three services honoring Sharkey set

by Scott Murphy, staff writer

Douglas County residents will have two chances to say farewell to legendary casino owner Sharkey Begovich this week.

Milos S. “Sharkey” Begovich died Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 76.

The Minden-Douglas Elks Club hosts a memorial service Thursday at 2 p.m. at CVIC Hall in Minden.

“The public is invited to attend this ceremony in order that our community might in some small way honor the memory of one very special gentleman,” said Elks treasurer Dave Trueblood.

The Minden-Douglas Elks Chapter started in 1983, Trueblood said. Begovich was a founding member of the chapter.

“We borrowed his facilities and we paid his dues,” Trueblood said of an agreement between the Elks and Sharkey’s Nugget Casino.

Begovich owned and operated the casino in Gardnerville for 30 years starting in 1971.

Sharkey’s was sold to Sparks businessman Harold Holder last year.

Holder is planning a memorial for Sharkey, but details were not available as of press time Tuesday.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Amador County Transportation Fund in Jackson, Calif. or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, located at 207 S. Amador St., in Ione, Calif.