Arthur Copeland Springer, a longtime plumbing contractor who was a descendant of National City's founding family, died of heart failure last Friday at his Lakeside home. He was 76.
Mr. Springer was a grand nephew of Frank Kimball, whose purchase in 1868 of the 26,000-acre El Rancho de la Nacion marked the official beginning of National City.
Mr. Springer, a National City native, worked as a cattle ranch foreman in Yuma, Ariz., in 1951. He opened his own plumbing firm in 1957.
Mr. Springer's career took a brief turn into real estate in the 1960s, when he sold property for a La Mesa firm. When an economic recession imperiled the real estate market, he resumed his plumbing career until retiring in 1978.
Mr. Springer moved in 1950 from National City to Lakeside, where he and his wife, Marion, built their home beginning in 1972. As a teen-ager growing up in National City, he built a wooden sailboat that he sailed on San Diego Bay.
In addition to his wife of 53 years, Mr. Springer is survived by two daughters, Marsha Beishline, of Jackson, Calif., and Natalie Mates, of Escondido; a sister, Ruth Scoles, of La Crescenta; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Lakeside Funeral Chapel.