One of the Spencer Clan is Gone

23 Apr

This morning I received a note from one of my cousins, Syndi Montoya.  She informed me of the death of Richard Ernest Spencer – my father’s full cousin – and the nephew of my grandmother Pearl Eva Spencer. 

The obituary for Dick Spencer as published in the Standard Examiner

Richard E. Spencer, 80, of Garland, died April 18, 2011. Services will be held at noon Saturday, April 23, 2011, in the Garland Tabernacle, 140 W. Factory Street, Garland. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 22, at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home, 111 N., 100 East, Tremonton and from 10:30 to 11:40 a.m. Saturday at the Tabernacle before the service. Interment will follow in the Garland Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded. Post condolences to the family at To see the complete obituary, see the Standard-Examiner’s e-edition.

Garland- A well known area man has passed away after a short illness. Richard E. Spencer, 80, passed away April 18, 2011 at his home in Garland, UT with his loved ones by his side. He was born March 11, 1931 in Garland, UT to Ernest Richard and Cleopha Alberta Peterson Spencer.
Richard served in the Korean War with his area friends and fellow soldiers. Always saying it was pure boredom with moments of pure terror.
After returning from the war, the real Dick Spencer came alive with a passion for racing dragsters, funny cars, Salt Flats cars and some of the hottest street rods around for the day. From building racing cars of all kinds to airplanes, he had a passion for fast. “It can never be fast enough” was his motto.
Dick was a Teamster (truck driver) by profession. He drove for many area companies before going to work for CF Motor Freight out of Salt Lake. He retired February 1, 1993 with a 2 million mile safe driving award. After being retired for six months he went back to work for Miller Brothers Express for another ½ million miles and went to every state but two.
Dick is survived by his Wife Tracy, Children: Gary, Joette, Julie, Kyle and Brandon; step-children Buffy, Adrian and Johnna; 20 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two sisters Barbara and Mickey.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 12:00 Noon in the Garland Tabernacle, 140 West Factory Street, Garland, UT. Friends may call Friday, April 22, 2011 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Rogers and Taylor Funeral Home, 111 North 100 East, Tremonton UT and Saturday from 10:30-11:40 a.m. at the Tabernacle prior to the service. Interment will follow in the Garland Cemetery where military honors will be accorded.

Although I  never met Dick Spencer or his parents, they hold a special place in my heart – Pearl Eva Spencer named her second born son Richard Ernest Montoya – after her brother.  We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Dick Spencer at this difficult time. 


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