Pond Dedicated in Honor of Officer

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The new pond at the sportsman’s access site has been named after a local Fish and Game officer.

The site, which is located a mile south of St. Maries on State 3, has reopened to the public. It was closed while undergoing renovations, including the installation of a one-acre fishing pond. That pond is being called Spicer Pond, named after the late Dave Spicer.

Mr. Spicer died July 29, 2013 of a rare type of cancer. He accepted a position with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in 1990 after moving to Post Falls. He worked as a wildlife biologist. Mr. Spicer and his family moved to St. Maries in 1998 where he continued to work with the department.

The new pond at the St. Maries Sportsman Access Site has been named after Dave Spicer, who died last year. Mr. Spicer was an officer with the Idaho Fish & Game. Yvonne Spicer holds a picture of her late husband. She said he enjoyed his work and the area.

The new pond at the St. Maries Sportsman Access Site has been named after Dave Spicer, who died last year. Mr. Spicer was an officer with the Idaho Fish & Game. Yvonne Spicer holds a picture of her late husband. She said he enjoyed his work and the area.

Mr. Spicer’s widow, Yvonne, said she had no idea that Fish and Game planned to name the pond after her husband.

“I was completely surprised,” she said. “It was heartwarming.”

Mrs. Spicer said when her husband worked for the department the other employees were more than just co-workers, they were family. She said the random carts of kindness from the St. Maries community and his Fish and Game co-workers were appreciated during her husband’s illness.

Spicer Pond is expected to be stocked next spring. Other improvements at the site included the installation of some picnic tables and a vault toilet. The project cost approximately $260,000. It was paid for by the Fish and Game Department and Avista, as part of the utilities’ agreement for the licensing of the Post Falls Dam.

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