Today I received a message from my friend Dee Sperling, informing me that Jack Gifford has passed away. For those of you who don’t know the name, Jack was the founder and first president of Tesoro Metal Detectors. Jack left us January 3rd, and a memorial service is being held at this very moment in Prescott, Arizona.
I was privileged to know Jack and his wife Myrna and I know of no two finer people. Jack was always considered a ‘straight shooter’ and a very strong advocate for the small dealers across this country. No matter the enticements or pleas, Jack would not allow the big mail order companies to sell or bastardize his product, and as a competitor I always admired that.
No matter where or when we met, Jack always had time to chat and share a meal if time permitted. In fact I think I actually do owe this man a few bucks…. After losing my job at Garrett, Jack was one of the first to call and offer me a position with Tesoro. Unfortunately I had to turn him down as I was not about to move my family across country a second time.
My condolences go out to his wife Myrna and to the rest of his family. Jack Gifford was a good man, a good friend and he will be missed. Rest in peace Jack….