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With a heavy heart, we are saddened to report the passing of our co-worker, Gunsite Rangemaster, and old friend Ed Head.
Ed came to us several weeks ago, sharing that his doctors had found health issues and later was found to have inoperable cancer. He asked not to share this at that time. Friends, church family and Gunsite Family rallied around Ed and Jean these last several weeks assisting in every way possible. He passed comfortably at home surrounded by Jean and close friends.
Ed (Was) was a US Air Force Security Police Officer from 1972-1976, specializing in nuclear weapons security. Also, he was the Captain of a weapons and tactics competition team.
He entered the US Border Patrol in August 1977 and was assigned to San Diego, CA. During his tenure, he supervised a Patrol Group of 19 supervisors and 160 Agents at the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station. His stories of his time there are near-legendary. Successfully completing the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Firearms Instructor Training Program with a Distinguished Master rating, he began working as a Range Officer conducting all firearms training and qualifications for the Chula Vista and Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station. That later morphed into the Sector Firearms Instructor and then the Senior Firearms Instructor for the San Diego Border Patrol Sector, including more than 2500 agents. Additionally, he was the Founder, Rangemaster and first club champion of the San Diego Law Enforcement Combat Shooters Association.
Ed retired after 24 years with the USBP, retiring in 2001.
Ed met the love of his life Jean in and they were married over 36 years. They shared many adventures from horses to recent travel in their RV.
The other great love of his life was Gunsite. He began attending Gunsite in 1988, earning the coveted “Expert” (“Golden E”) rating in many of his classes. He attained his Instructor Rating at Gunsite in 1992. Ed worked as Operations Manager from February 2005 to September 2010 and then resumed his lengthy teaching career at Gunsite. His career as a writer in the gun industry also began to flourish, writing for NRA Publications and working with Michael Bane on video productions. Ed taught his last class at Gunsite late May of 2022. We know it was a very difficult moment for him to come to us in early June to let us know of his illness and withdrawing from the active instructor roster. We assured him he was only being moved to the “injured reserve” list and we looked forward to his return.
A Memorial Service will be held by the Canyon Bible Church led by the Gunsite Alumni Pastor John FIlke on a date to be determined at the Gunsite Classroom, 2900 West Gunsite Road, Paulden, AZ 86334.
Please keep Jean and friends and family in your prayers.

With great respect,
Sheriff Ken Campbell (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer
Gunsite Academy, Inc.
2900 West Gunsite Road
Paulden, AZ 86334

“Work hard, do your best, and keep your word. Never get too big for your britches. Trust in God, have no fear, and never forget a friend.” Harry Truman

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