CIUDAD DEL CARMEN, MEXICO — Brad Robert Sprout, a Seabeck native and Klahowya Secondary School graduate, was killed Sunday in a commercial diving accident.
Sprout, 29, was working for a company called Global Diving and Salvage in Ciudad del Carmen, located in the south of the country and on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The accident remains under investigation by both Mexican and U.S. authorities.
He was the son of a longtime Seabeck family and graduate of Klahowya in 2001. The athletic Sprout competed on the football field, wrestling mat and in track and field for the school, according to his family.
He was an accomplished tattoo artist and enthusiast, working for a time at local parlors. He had numerous tattoos but brother Brandon Sprout says he was most proud of the one of his father, Orin, on his left biceps, which he got following his father’s death in 2009.
Inspired by family members, including his father, who worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Sprout went to a diving school in Seattle, graduating in 2006. He’d recently relocated to Houston in his job with Global Diving and Salvage.
“He was proud to be a diver,” uncle Jim Boscola said.
Family was important to him. The Sprouts and Boscolas, mother Susan’s side of the family, are tight-knit, sharing weekly dinners and breakfasts with each other.
“It’s a piece of the puzzle that can never be replaced,” Jim Boscola said of losing his nephew.
He had a special place in his heart for his niece, Anjoleah, whom he took to the zoo, Brandon Sprout, her father, said.
Sprout was tough. He’d cut his thumb badly in a work-related accident before ascending The Brothers, peaks in the Olympic Mountains, where his father had requested his ashes be spread. No matter, Sprout made the climb and complained little of the laceration, which included a severed tendon.
But beneath his toughness was a genuinely “goofy” guy, his family said, who had a knack for making people laugh.
He’d begun to hone his voice and had been sending songs back and forth with brother Brandon, a guitarist. He’d also modeled for a local clothing company, his family said.
He was proud of his Italian heritage and loved classic cars, restoring a 1964 Chevrolet Impala that he drove, his family said.
Services for Sprout have yet to be announced.