Ice fisherman on Mavrakis Pond reminds of namesake Sam Mavrakis

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — When we saw this lone fisherman on Mavrakis Pond, we couldn't help but remember Sam Mavrakis himself. [image: Inline image 2] *Pitchengine Communities photo* According to the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation, Sam Mavrakis "can be considered one of Wyoming's premier advocates" for making the great outdoors a Wyoming asset. Following is a biography from the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation: "Mavrakis was born June 18, 1918, in Monarch to Greek immigrant parents Harry and Georgia Mavrakis. Sam graduated from Sheridan High School in 1937 and attended BYU on a football scholarship, where he was a varsity football player and wrestler. In January 1942, Sam was drafted into the Army and spent WWII in the Pacific Theater where he served as a Staff Sergeant with the 211th AAA Battalion. He was honorably discharged in December 1945. He and his older brother, Paul, opened the Ritz Sporting Goods Store in Sheridan in 1947. The store closed in December 1998. Sam married Goldie Williams in 1953 and they had two children, Tami and Sam Paul. Goldie passed away in 1980. In 1990 Sam married Lynn Borg Burnham. Sam recently retired from operating Sam's Flies and Rods out of his home. From 1947 through 1998, Sam not only sold hunting, fishing, and camping equipment; he also dispensed enormous amounts of professional advice, encouragement and personal good will. He genuinely wanted people to have as good a time as possible while they were out enjoying Wyoming. Whether it was equipment, a lesson in how to use it or use it better, or directions to a new place to use it, Sam was always ready to help." [image: Inline image 1] *Here, Mavrakis waits on Queen Elizabeth at Ritz Sporting Goods in 1984. h/t / Pitchengine Communities* To read more about this Sheridan legend, visit the WWF here . #dally #news