Nov 19, 2001 11:28 PM

Former Nevada lieutenant governor and international casino developer Cliff Jones died in a local hospice at age 89 after a lengthy illness.

Nicknamed "Big Juice," Jones was known as a "gentleman's gentleman."

"I loved him," former Sheriff Ralph Lamb told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "He was a guy that helped every living human being he ever came in contact with. If he couldn't get a guy a job, he'd give them some of his money."

Jones founded the law firm that would become Jones Vargas, one of the most powerful firms in Nevada.

Over the years, Jones was the main operator of at least 24 casinos and had stakes in many more. He played a key role in the founding of the El Cortez and Thunderbird hotel casinos in Las Vegas.