Charles Compton

Charles R. Compton, 55, died Thursday at Nathan Adelson Hospice-East.

He was born Jan. 20, 1948, in Waxahachie, Texas. A driver for a concrete company, he was a 10-year resident of Las Vegas and a member of Teamsters Local 631.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Las Vegas; daughter, Heather Ornstein of Golden, Colo.; son, Kelly of Henderson; mother, Doris of Las Vegas; sister, Janette Smith of Longmont, Colo.; brother, James of Wildomar, Calif.; and a grandchild.

Services were held Saturday afternoon at Palm Mortuary-Jones. The family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society. (Obituary reprinted from Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 9, 2003) 

"It is with great sadness that I pass on to you the passing of Charles 'Chuck' Compton this past week," said Strip competitor Steve Jones.  "Chuck competed in the Pro (known as Sportsman in 2002) division when he could. He lost his very brave battle with prostate cancer.

"I have known Chuck for over 10 years and he was one the finest people I have ever met. I worked with him at Nevada Ready Mix until I left in 1999. I built his engine in his Nova and was very proud to have him as a friend."

According to Strip records, he competed in eight events in the Sportsman class in 2002 and finished 37th in points.

The staff and management of The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway extends its condolences to Chuck's family.