Myrtle Beach entertainment pioneer passes

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David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

A Myrtle Beach entertainment pioneer passed away on Saturday, June 15th. During his life. Jack Lazarus founded racing and waterpark themed entertainment venues from North Myrtle Beach to Surfside Beach. His organization, Lazarus Entertainment Group, remains an industry leader.

His son, Mark Lazarus became politically active holding the Chair Horry County Council for several terms.

The family put the following post on Facebook as flags stood at half mast among the parks owned by Lazarus Entertainment.

On this Fathers Day, we want to acknowledge the great loss of a pioneer in the entertainment industry…our very own, Jack Lazarus. Jack passed away June 15, 2024 surrounded by family. For over 40 years Jack entertained guests through his parks and set the standard for the amusement park industry. His vision of entertaining guests through racing and waterpark fun won’t be going to the finish line anytime soon as we will continue to honor his legacy daily. RIP to the best there was ❤️

Family Remembers Jack Lazarus

Jack Lazarus was a car dealer in North Carolina before moving to the Grand Strand in 1976, finding success in the theme park attraction business.

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