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August 16, 2018

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July 17, 2018
Sorry this is Long.

Francis Allen Sprout was SO Many Things--and wore so many Hats, in this Life.
Well, he was also My Father-in-Law and
my 11 Children's
(7 by blood-+4 by Marriage to his Daughter=
Lauren Dawn Sprout)
" Baba Rey " --
He earned Degrees in African Art at, I think UCLA in the Late 80's & 90's --
I think it is Somewhat Likely that Linda Franklin-- urrrr...
(Her Maiden name)----my Blood Dad's Sister --
Met him in California at some point-- while she was also come studying African Art Near Los Angeles during that time period.

Please check with her, when you get a chance--
I've found that it is a very small world--
And he was also an African Art Professor and Featured Artist in various Galleries @ ASU, Denver, Colorado And The University of Arizona, and many other places I'm sure his Wife and other friends & Family could tell you about-- so you can visit these exhibits, paintings and other Mixed Media Art of His--His work has been on display all over the World-- Some pieces with my Wife, Lauren's Collaborative Handiwork--all the way from the Late 60's & up into this New Millennium.

It seems much of his Art also prominently featured Dia De Los Muertos Themes and Motifs.
He had been an Enthusiast for
El Segundo De Noviembre (El Dia De Los Muertos),
Since his childhood-- probably partly due to growing up in Tucson --where it is culturally such a significant Holiday-- In Reverance for The Dead.
My Father-in-law, Francis Allen Sprout was Such An amazing man and I Know that he was the reason For ALL of his ONLY Daughter Lauren Dawn Sprout (Who prefers to Now go by:
Princezzz Von PhranklinStein)
Anyhoo--This Talented Man is the Reason for ALL of her good Attributes.

I don't know if he could feel Death's Nearness -- in his early 70's-- But he -- interestingly enough,
Chose? --He may have on purpose chosen to Die
On El Dia De Los Muertos --
11/2/2017.

Rest in Peace to an amazing Artist that I dreamed of meeting, and having appear on the Artfest Show--Our YouTube TV Variety Program --
Supporting Art, Film, Literature & Music from Unknown/Unsigned & independent/Underground Artists from Arizona
And all over The World.
I've dreamed of Listening to his Life Annecdotes and, and--
Playing Basketball with him and the Franklin Clan Collective Basketball Team--and/or collaborating on some Art or Music. And I for sure will ALWAYS be somewhat Sad that after more than 13 Years of Marriage to his Daughter and knowing her and his grand children Stacy & Jason for over 15 years.....
I just....
Sigh.
Rest in Peace Baba Rey --
We Hardly Knew Ye.
March 21, 2018
Time goes so fast. The loss of you is felt deeply!
February 21, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Professor Sprout. He crossed my mind today. He was my studio art and art history professor at Manhattanvillr Collge in 2001. The memories of him i will always cherish. RIP.
November 17, 2017
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.