Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas Adam Sprovtsoff, 28, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, during combat operations in Helmand Provence, Afghanistan. He is survived by wife Tasha; daughter, Lanie, and a child due in November, of Oceanside, CA; his parents, Sandra (Mark) Dutton of Michigan and Jack Sprovtsoff of Grand Blanc, MI; and a sister, Jessica of Ann Arbor, MI. Born April 4, 1983, in Flint, MI, he was a 2001 graduate of Davison High School and a 10-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. On Nov. 19, 2007, he married Tasha Fogle in Hawaii. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton and assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, serving as an EOD Technician (Explosive Ordnance Disposal). His duty assignments were December 2002-2005, AAV Crewman/Crew Chief, 2nd AABN; 2005-2009, AAV Crew Chief/Section Leader, 3rd MARREG; EOD School student, Florida, NAVSCOLEOD, 2009; EOD Team Member, 1st MSOB, 2009-2011. Personal decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with valor combat V, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with valor combat V, two Army Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons, and two Good Conduct Medals. Nicholas was genuinely loved by many and will be forgotten by none. He loved being a Marine and serving his country; he was the consummate Patriot. He was strong, smart and willing to do any job set before him. He balanced that inherent toughness with a dazzling, freckled grin and a kind heart, especially for his wife and children. He touched many lives and has left a monumental absence in the hearts of many. You could not meet Nick and not feel like you had just met a protector and friend for life. Also surviving are parents-in-law, Sue and Rod Fogle of Colville; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (Ross) Challinor, Colorado Springs, CO, and Alaina Fogle, Seattle; brother-in-law, Robert Fogle, Seattle; his maternal grandmother, Jacquelin Reinertson, Davison, MI; several aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family, and a monumental amount of friends and Marine Brothers. Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA, handled the service and Nicholas was buried at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday, October 6, 2011, with full Military Honors. Pastor William Grady of the Macedonia Baptist Church, Swartz Creek, MI, officiated and Master Sgt. Kris Donald gave the eulogy. Marine Gunnery Sgt. James Peyton served the family as casualty officer. Memorial contributions in Nick’s honor can be made to: EODMemorial.org A 529 college fund has been established for Lanie at Marjui & Raines, 775 S. Main Colville, WA 99114. A second fund will be established once the new baby is born.