Dempsey Sapp Sr. — a legend lost


March 29, 2016

Dempsey Sapp Sr.

Dempsey Sapp Sr.

The staff of PMP was saddened to receive news that the industry lost a legend last week. Dempsey Sapp Sr., a pioneer in pest management, and a PMP Hall of Famer, passed away on March 29 at the age of 94.

In addition to helping found the Florida Pest Control Association (now the FPMA), Sapp was also once president of the association and a mentor to those who followed.

On their site, the FPMA had this to say about Sapp:

“Mr. Sapp’s legacy is such that most of Chapter 482’s original language has his DNA all over it as he was appointed a three-year term on the Structural Pest Control Commission.  His accomplishments are great and many.  From a legacy of leadership to the pioneer of pest control and all the way to legislation and regulation, Mr. Sapps left his mark with all of us.  We will truly miss him.”

As mentioned above, Sapp was a member of the PMP Hall of Fame Class of 2014. For his induction we did a retrospective of his career in print (September 2014 issue) in addition to producing a write up and video on his career legacy. All of this can be accessed via our Hall of Fame site ( Jump directly to Sapp’s page here.

You can view a video of Sapp’s son, D.R. Sapp Jr., accepting the Hall of Fame award on his father’s behalf two years ago here.

At this time, PMP would like express its deepest heartfelt condolences to a great man who offered so much of himself to family, friends, colleagues and the pest management industry at large. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

[Editor’s Note: The funeral was held today, March 29at Wesley United Methodist Church in Gainesville, 826 NW 23 Avenue, Gainesville, FL  32609. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the church.]


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