Camping World founder dies in fall at Kentucky home

  • Posted: Sunday, August 31, 2014 6:58 p.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, August 31, 2014 6:59 p.m.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — David Garvin, a Kentucky entrepreneur who founded the retail chain Camping World, died Saturday morning in an accidental fall at his home.

A spokesman for the Warren County sheriff’s office said Garvin was on the roof of his home in Bowling Green when he slipped and fell.

The Bowling Green Daily News reports Garvin, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garvin founded the business that would become Camping World in 1966 at age 23, starting a store and mail-order business that sold camping products. Camping World expanded over the years to become a marketer of RVs, with 100 stores and 5,000 employees.

Funeral arrangements at J.C. Kirby and Son in Bowling Green were pending. Camping World posted a tribute to Garvin on its website Sunday.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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