Hunters have lost a dear friend. Hunting has lost an ally.
Cody Jones, 44, father of noted hunter Kendall Jones of Kopperl, Texas, died in a tragic auto accident Jan. 23. He was born Nov. 7, 1971 in Cleburne, TX. Mr. Jones owned and operated a wildlife ranch and was an avid outdoorsman, a natural entrepreneur, and a loving, devoted and proud father.
He was a Life Member of Safari Club International. While Cody served on the Board of Directors of the North Texas Chapter as Vice President for three years, he was instrumental in Continue reading Cody Jones 1971 – 2016→
Greg Rodriguez, 43, former SCI Houston President and founder and CEO of Global Adventure Outfitters, Inc., was killed March 7. Rodriguez was on a business trip in Montana when he was shot by Wayne Bengston, 41, who then fled the scene before apparently killing himself.
In addition to being a premier booking agent, Rodriguez was a well-known outdoor personality who published dozens of articles in SAFARI Magazine, Shooting Times and Petersen’s Hunting, among others. He hosted Rifleman’s Journal on Sportsman’s Channel and won the 2012 Sportsman’s Choice Award for Best Educational/Instructional Show.
Rodriguez is survived by his wife, Lisa, and two young children.
Long time Life Member and supporter of the International Wildlife Museum construction Darwin “Huck” Spaulding, 84, passed away Feb. 1, 2013 at Albany Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Dec. 5, 1928, Spaulding lived in the Voorheesville, NY, area for many years. He was a veteran of the US Merchant Marines and the US Army. He started Spaulding and Rogers Mfg. in the late 1950s, and was the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of tattooing equipment. Spaulding enjoyed hunting, trapping and stock car racing in his younger years. He traveled the world, and became an award winning big game hunter and a classic car enthusiast in later years. He was a big man who lived a big life, but the thing he was most proud of was his family. Spaulding is survived by his wife of 63 years, Josephine; as well as their four children, Rita (Joseph) Peptis, Jay Spaulding, Bobbie (Joseph) DeFranco and Tommy (Mary) Spaulding; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Verlander and several nieces and nephews.
Bruno Scherrer of Brentwood, California, passed away on June 28, 2012. He was 80 years old.
Bruno was a founding member of the Los Angeles Chapter and of SCI. He was a longtime friend of C.J. McElroy and a successful businessman for many years.
Bruno came to the United States when he was 22 years old in search of the American dream. His background in Switzerland was in the meat industry and that is what he pursued in Los Angeles for many years.
He soon tired of that business and got into the carwash business where he built one of the largest washes in the country, doing more than 1,600 cars a day. Business prospered and he built additional washes with gas stations. One location became the largest independent Chevron volume dealer in the country. The business grew and it enabled Bruno to continue his passion of hunting around the world.
He belonged to and supported numerous hunting and conservation organizations around the world. He was generous in his financial and personal contributions to those organizations. He truly loved the sport of hunting and conservation efforts that SCI supported.
Bruno hunted on all six continents, collecting more than 370 animals and placing many in the record books. The harder the hunt, the more Bruno enjoyed it. He always put 110 percent effort into his hunts and truly enjoyed the experience.
Bruno was a devoted family man, leaving his loving wife Grace, his son John, daughter Elizabeth her husband David and four grandsons. He also leaves his brother Paul, sister-in-law Linda and nieces and a nephew. He was a great friend and will be greatly missed. He had a tremendous sense of humor and always had a joke to tell.