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Utah outdoor store founder dead at 89

Utah outdoor store founder dead at 89



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Photo: Kirkhams.com SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The founder of a South Salt Lake outdoor store and creator of the Springbar tent, Jack Kirkham, has died. He was 89.

Kirkham died Sunday at his home in Sandy, one day before his 90th birthday. A cause of death was not immediately available.

Born in Lehi, Kirkham served in the U.S. military during World War II, working as a draftsman in a Long Beach, Calif., shipyard.

He returned to Salt Lake City in 1944 and bought the AAA Tent and Awning company, launching a thriving family business later known as Kirkham's Outdoor Products.

He held multiple tent patents, including one for the canvas Springbar tent.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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