The Obit For Gene Spangler

Eugene Douglas Spangler Sr.
Dec. 17, 1922 - Dec. 11, 2010

Published in Herald Tribune from December 15 to December 16, 2010

Eugene Douglas Spangler Sr., 87, of Sarasota died Dec. 11, 2010.

National Cremation & Burial Society is handling the arrangements.

He was known as "Gene" or "Coach" to many of his friends and former students, Gene Spangler was loved and will be missed by many.

Born in 1922, he participated in school sports as a boy which eventually led to his playing both professional football for the Detroit Lions and professional baseball for the Braves organization. He later taught and coached sports in Sarasota County schools. He was very proud of the 1957 state champ SHS Baseball team. He also served as the Director of the Sailor Circus for a number of years. He was the Principal of Brookside Middle School for 15 years before retiring.

He is predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Muriel.

He is survived by his son, E. Douglas Jr. (Jan Spanos) Spangler of Parrish, Fla.; brother, Gary Spangler of Texas; three grandsons, and eight great grandchildren.

He is a long time member of First Presbyterian Church, Oak Street in downtown Sarasota, where the services will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow in Parrish Hall.