Sam Kidd, founder of Fun Time RV in Cleburne, Texas, died Monday (Aug. 15). Kidd was the owner of the renown dealership, located outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, for 29 years. He was 57 years old.
Kidd built Fun Time RV into an industry powerhouse before abruptly closing down operations on May 6, 2010. According to the company’s website at the time of the closing, the retailer had ranked as the leading towable RV dealer since 1987 and was a perennially strong player on the national scale.
“They just completely dominated the market; they were the absolute gorilla for the industry in Texas,” Clark McEwen, executive director of the Texas RV Association, told RVBUSINESS.com in a May 7, 2010 article.
Fun Time RV was known to inventory 3,000 RVs in expansive sales lots and in four inside showrooms covering 85,000 square feet. In its day, Fun Time was noted for its dinosaur display, valued at $25,000, and a 3,000-gallon fish tank.
According to his obituary, Kidd was born in Tampa, Fla., on March 23, 1954. He is survived by his sons, Samuel Eugene Kidd Jr., Jerry Green Kidd II and Alexander Bertrand Kidd; brothers, Tom Kidd and wife, Andrea, and David Kidd and wife, Angela; sister, Karen Kidd; step-mother, Ida Sue Kidd, step-sisters, Sheryl Medellin and Laura Sue Brown; and step-brothers, Terry Cagle Jr. and John Cressler.
Memorial services for will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the Rosser Funeral Home Chapel in Cleburne. The Rev. Randy McLelland will officiate. There is no visitation scheduled.