Eugene Douglas Spangler Sr.
Dec. 17, 1922 - Dec. 11, 2010
Published in Herald
Tribune from December 15 to December 16, 2010
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
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.