Death – OBITUARY: David Spreen, 1951-2021 | Lost Coast Outpost

Death – Obituary



On Nov. 23, 2021 David
Spreen passed away peacefully at home. Dave was a master
mathematician and 11/23 is Fibonacci day, so it is a fitting day for
his passing.


David Spreen was
born in Trona, California to highly educated and well-respected father
and a charismatic mother in 1951. He was the youngest of three
brothers. Dave, Jeff, and Steve were the three amigos and had many
adventures together. We all heard the story about creating a buzz
around town when they left cards with a mysterious printer press
symbol on them, secretly, at the local shops. The symbol stood for
the boy’s Winged V Motorcycle Club, which had found the printer
press in an old abandon building. The boys also had fun experimenting
with the chemicals their father, who was a chemical engineer, had
brought home for them. One of Dave’s earliest memories was his
mother waking him to see the light of atomic bomb testing in Death
Valley, approximately 60 miles northeast of Trona. Growing up the
family moved around and they lived in New York, Tennessee, and Nevada
before coming back to California to Laguna Beach in 1963.


Dave met the love
of his life, Kathy, in Laguna Beach in 1971. They made their way
to Blue Lake, Humboldt County in 1972 and were married in 1976. In
1974 Dave and Kathy found everything they dreamed of in a property in
Kneeland, where they built their dream life with their two daughters,
Karla and Kelly, in the mountains. He was a kind, gentle, and
supportive dad and husband. He always encouraged his daughters to
reach for the stars and pursue education. Dave took his family on
trips every summer, which created family memories to last a life
time. He was most proud of the family trip to China where he was able
to share his experiences working there in the international flooring
trade business. He also always spoke fondly of his trip to the Middle
East with his great friend Scott in the summer of love, 1969, and his
trips to Mexico with his friends.


Dave loved the
outdoors and helping others. He was always educating himself and
getting involved with organizations that were in line with his
passions. He was actively a part of the Save Richardson Grove Group
and the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities Group
(CPRT). He also worked with the Blackberry Bramble Group to bring
internet to Humboldt County in the early 1990’s, served on the
Freshwater Elementary School Board and helped to create the Charter
Middle School, and offered his educated opinion on City and County
initiatives. One of Dave’s proudest accomplishments was protecting
the community from asbestos exposure by preventing the Barn 2 Quarry
from mining asbestos containing rock, which would have been used to
rock local roads.


His spirit and
legacy will live on in the many values he instilled in his daughters
that will be passed down through the generations; the pursuit of life
long education, discovery of self and universe, and keeping family
close.


Dave is survived by
wife of 45 years Kathy Spreen, and daughters Karla Knapek
and Kelly Wehausen. Dave is preceded in death by his mother
and father, Ruth and Edward Spreen as well as his two brothers, Steve
Spreen and Jeff Spreen.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.