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 Elmer Chatfield Sproul

Elmer Chatfield Sproul

Worland, Washakie County, Wyoming, USA
Death 31 Jul 2011 (aged 90)
Aurora, Arapahoe County, Colorado, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Sandias, New Mexico
Memorial ID 74518473 · View Source
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Died: at age 90; of complications from diabetes

Military: WWII, U.S. Army Air Corps

Occupation: Culligan Man, real estate developer

Married: Aug 27, 1949, LESLIE ANNE GRIFFITH, Palo Alto, Santa Clara Co., California

Four children

LITTLETON, Colo. – Former Worland resident Elmer Chatfield Sproul, 90, died Sunday, July 31, 2011 at his home in Littleton, Colo., a victim of old age and complications of diabetes.

Elmer was born in Worland on Feb. 1, 1921 to Fred C. Sproul, Sr. and Sevilla Chatfield Sproul, one-time Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and California residents, who predeceased him.

He grew up on the ranch in Manderson where his father was a big sheep and sugar beet rancher through the Depression.

In 1941, after growing up on his father's ranch in Wyoming, Elmer moved to Albuquerque, N.M. where as the Culligan Man for New Mexico and El Paso, Texas he began a business career that ended with his retirement 56 years later in 1997.

In WWII, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, being discharged in Albuquerque in 1943 for health reasons.

Elmer attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie for a couple of years before attending the University of New Mexico, from which he graduated in 1945, and Stanford University Law School, graduating in 1949. While attending college at UNM and Stanford, under his direction his Culligan manager, Clair Miller, successfully expanded from Elmer's Culligan businesses in Albuquerque, Roswell and Las Cruces, N.M. and El Paso into the plumbing contracting business and into the homebuilding business.

In 1949, after his graduation from law school, Lesley Anne Griffith and Elmer were married and they became parents to four children.

In the early 1950s, his father, Fred, Sr., and brother, Fred, Jr., joined him as partners in the homebuilding/real estate development businesses, enterprises they expanded from New Mexico into Colorado, Texas, California and Nevada before Fred, Sr. retired. Fred, Jr. and Elmer subsequently divided their interests, operating independently thereafter. Altogether, the Sproul family companies built more than 20,000 houses and apartments between 1952 and 1985.

Elmer is survived by his children; Leslie, his wife from whom he was legally separated in 1990, also survives and lives in Albuquerque.

There were no memorial service and Elmer and his family have requested that no flowers or gifts be sent.

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  • Created by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
  • Added: 6 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74518473
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elmer Chatfield Sproul (1 Feb 1921–31 Jul 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74518473, ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Sandias, New Mexico.