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Father and son found dead in Wisconsin were leaders of a solar energy company

Police said they aren't seeking any suspects.
Amory and Craig Tarr.

Amory and Craig Tarr.

The father and son found dead in a Wisconsin home ran a solar energy development company.

Craig Tarr, 60, was the president and founder of Energy Concepts based in Hudson, Wisconsin, and a board member at the Steger Wilderness Center in Ely. His son, Amory Tarr, 32, is listed as a member of the Energy Concepts' leadership team

According to the Pierce County, Wisconsin Sheriff's Office, Amory called 911 at around 11:25 a.m. on April 24 to report his father had been shot. Contact with Amory was then lost.

When officers arrived at the home on 840th Avenue in Clifton Township, Wisconsin, they discovered Amory and Craig dead, the sheriff's office said. 

The incident is under investigation, but no suspects are being sought. No other information has been released.

"It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our founder, Craig Tarr. His passion and vision will be with us always," Energy Concepts wrote in a May 1 Facebook post, along with a message from the Tarr family that encouraged people to do things like going hiking, planting a garden, kayaking and eating and buying locally to honor Craig and Amory. A memorial service for the Tarrs was held that day via Zoom.

Now, a memorial fund has been set up in their names at the Steger Wilderness Center, a May 5 email from Sundial Energy CEO Jon Kramer says. (Sundial Energy worked with the Steger Wilderness Center to install a microgrid renewable energy system at the center, according to a 2015 Duluth News Tribune article.)

"We were all shaken to the core with the sudden passing of Amory and Craig Tarr," Kramer's email said. "The tragedy that unfolded April 24 reminds us all that life is precious and can be taken away in an instant."

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The Craig and Amory Tarr Scholarship Fund will support the wilderness center by offering program scholarships to youth and disadvantaged communities, the email said.

Donations to the Steger Center's Craig and Amory Tarr Scholarship Fund can be made online (note in the comment box that the donation is for the Craig and Amory Tarr Scholarship Fund) or by sending donations to Steger Center's Craig and Amory Tarr Scholarship Fund, C/O All in One Accounting, 1585 Thomas Center Drive, Suite 101, Eagan, MN 55122.

Bring Me The News has reached out to the Steger Wilderness Center for comment.

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