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to Support Active Military and While growing up in Lake County, Florida, Butch Mogavero liked it when Uncle Claude came around because he was a positive influence. “He would tell me stories about his experiences in the Navy and Sheriff’s department, which, to me, seemed filled with adventure and good deeds. Maybe that’s why I liked being around him.” Uncle Claude, known around Lake County as Major Claude Alenn Gnann, served as a flight navigator aboard the USS Independence in Vietnam. After a successful Navy career, he came back to Florida where he made a name for himself. In his obituary, published July 31, 2005 in the Orlando Sentinel, his friends described him as a homespun boy done good. During his 27 years at the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Gnann rose from jail administrator to second-in-command. He ran the first SWAT team in the county and would sleep in his truck to be closer to

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the action. He listened to his scanner and would show up at emergencies unexpected. He would even change light bulbs for the elderly.

much respect for both Uncle Claude and Aunt Lyndia that when they came to visit, I did not want them to know about anything bad I’d been doing.”

Gnann’s younger sister and Mogavero’s aunt, Candy Noblin, recalls him being bigger than life. “Everyone who knew Claude loved him. He was the calm when things got nasty and mean.”

It was during his years at the Sheriff’s department that Mogavero would see Uncle Claude and his wife, Aunt Lyndia, four or five times a year. “When I picture him, he is wearing his flight jacket. I remember that jacket being very important to him,” says Mogavero. Gnann died in 2005 at the age of 55. He was buried with his beloved flight jacket.

Mogavero wishes his uncle were alive today to see how the good things he’s doing. Mogavero owns Boulder Designs® and Border Magic® franchise companies. He purchased the companies in 2015 and relocated corporate headquarters to Waco, Texas from Rantoul, Illinois. In a year’s time, Mogavero built a team of experienced, franchise professionals who helped him transition the business from Illinois to Texas. The team also negotiated licensing and partnership deals, began overhauling marketing and grew the Waco corporate team. Most importantly, they supported existing owners including planning and executing the first annual Boulder Designs / Border Magic Franchise Reunion in Waco. Remarkably, during that same timeframe, 50 new franchises were sold.

Before his death, he once came to visit Mogavero with a football in hand, and during another visit, he taught Mogavero to shoot a double barrel gun. “I had so

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Noblin remembers once when her brother was called to get a possum out of a home. “Claude caught it by the tail, got it out of the house, then let it go because he did not want to kill it.”

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