He was born
After graduating from
Fritz proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1948 to 1953 as Sergeant of a rifle platoon and later as a Gunny. Following his service, Fritz launched Fancy Lettering, a design studio for sales publications, and subsequently took a position with National Underwriter Company. On a whim in 1961, he loaded up his car with large chunks of marble from Marble,
A decade later, in the spring of 1972, Fritz was elected to the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America and became widely accepted as one of the finest sculptors of this century. In addition to winning several CAA awards for excellence (including the only sculptor to win the Colt Award), he served as board member, vice president and president. He was also a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society.
One of Fritz's largest sculptures, Unconquered, a twice-life sculpture of a rearing horse and rider, was installed at
A generous instructor, Fritz often shared his talents with others, teaching numerous sculpture courses. He was especially proud of his one-on-one classes with visually impaired children at
Fritz passed away in April 2010. Up until his last days, White continued his passion for art. While he couldn't make it to a studio, the materials were brought to him, and White would work on the dining room table. "He could work right up until the end," said his wife, Ina. "That's what he wanted."
Although White is now gone, Ina hopes his lessons in sculpture and drive for living life to the fullest will inspire other artists in the community for a long time to come.