Most Excellent Companion
Gary W. Spriggs
Grand High Priest
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of California


Gary was born in Cumberland, Maryland in 1950 and grew up in nearby West Virginia. He graduated from Ridgeley High School in 1967, and attended West Virginia University graduating in 1971. He received his commission in the U. S. Air Force through the ROTC program and served until 1998, retiring after 26 years active duty as a Lieutenant Colonel. Since 1998 Gary has worked for the County of Nevada in Nevada City, California, and is currently their Information Security Officer.

Gary’s comes from a family with a number of grandparents, great-uncles and a great-grandfather who were active in Blue Lodge and York Rite Masonic organizations in Maryland and West Virginia. His introduction to the Masonic family was through his grandmother, who was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

He was raised in Nevada Lodge #13 in Nevada City, went through the line and served as Worshipful Master in 2006. Gary has been active in all of the York Rite organizations, serving in the east for Nevada Chapter #6, Nevada Council #62, and Nevada Commandery #6. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from Nevada Chapter #6 and from Nevada Commandery #6 and has received the Knight York Cross of Honor. Gary accepted an appointment to the Grand Chapter Ritual Staff as an Inspector in 2006, and subsequently to the Grand Chapter line as Grand Royal Arch Captain in 2008.

He is a member of the Societas Rosicrucuana in Civitatibus Foederatis, Saint Philip Conclave, Order of the Red Cross of Constantine and Holy Covenant Tabernacle, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests. Gary is also a Past Patron of Evangeline Chapter No. 9, Order of the Eastern Star.

Gary is married to the former Tina Matthewson of Grass Valley. She is a professional church musician, and served as Grand Organist for the Order of the Eastern Star in 2012. They have one daughter, Laurie Osborne and three grandchildren.


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