George Sprague, avid Yuma sportsman, gun shop founder dies

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Avid Yuma sportsman, gun shop founder dies Tuesday

George Sprague, a lifelong Yuman who started a gun shop that bears his name today and who was instrumental in the development of Adair Ranges, died Jan. 9, 2002, according to his son, Richard Sprague.

Sprague, who was also a longtime member of the Yuma County Sheriff's Posse and commander of the sheriff's reserve deputy division, was 70.

He was the Yuma County National Rifle Association Member of the Year in 1996.

Known for his avid interest in sport shooting and firearms, he opened the Starlight Sports Shop in 1956 and sold the property to Richard 18 years ago. The shop, located at 345 W. 32nd St., is now Sprague's Sports and RV, Inc.

Sprague was instrumental in the development of the Norman Adair Ranges, a park and shooting range, Richard Sprague said. The complex covers more than 600 acres and is located 15 miles northwest of town off U.S. Highway 95. The range is used for firearms qualification and instruction for law officers as well as recreational shooting, firearms competition and archery.

"Most weekends, that's where he would be found, coaching officers and mentoring young deputies," Richard Sprague said.

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Thanks to Muley, one of Goerge's friends, for passing this notice along.
 



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He was a nice old man, didn't have that hard-nose, know-it-all attitude that a lot of guys with his vast knowledge have.  He'll be missed.

Regards,
Paul

p.s., any info on what caused his death?
 


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