John Jr E. Spreen
February 15, 2011
John E. Spreen Jr., formerly of Pine, was born Nov. 1, 1931 to John Spreen
and Marilyn Alexander Spreen in Hays, Kan.
As a child, Mr. Spreen moved with his parents to Albany, Ore., where he
graduated from high school and later attended the University of Oregon
on a football scholarship before joining the Coast Guard in 1951. Between
1954 and 1959, Mr. Spreen played baseball for the New York Giants organization.
On March 15, 1058, he married Donna McCandless Mosher in Reno, Nev. The
family then lived in California, where Mr. Spreen attended Cal Poly for
one year before relocating to Reno. There, he attended the University
of Nevada for one year before moving his family to Mesa, Ariz. in 1960.
In Mesa, he worked as an electrical technician in the engineering department
at General Motors Proving Ground for 31 years before retiring in 1996.
In 1992 the Spreens moved to Pine, where they lived until moving to Hayden,
Idaho in 1999.
Mr. Spreen loved and excelled in every sport he played. In his golden
years, golf was his sport of choice until his health slowed him down.
He died of pancreatic cancer at home, surrounded by his family, under
North Idaho Hospice Care.
Mr. Spreen is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna; his daughters,
Barbara Mosher (Robert) Wanlass of Mesa and Jonna Spreen (Gary) Ferguson
of Spirit Lake, Idaho; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by two sisters, Darlene Kampfer of Seattle, Wash.
and Margaret Livingston of Sacramento, Calif.; and his dear aunt, Lydia
Faris, who loved him like the son she never had; his brother-in-law, Ron
(Karen) Brantley, who was like a brother to John; his nephew, Troy Brantley,
who was the son he never had; and many other nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Feb. 4 at Lake City Community Church in Hayden,