Obituaries & Tributes

Bruce D. Spear

Bruce Spear, 81, of Springfield, Oregon, passed away on April 23, 2020.

He was born to parents Frances L. Spear and Freeda (Manzer) Spear, on September 6, 1938, in San Gabriel, California.

He graduated from Pacific High School in San Bernardino, California, in 1956.

He went on to study at San Bernardino Valley College and graduated with an AA, working towards his Fire Science education. He moved to Oregon in 1968 where he continued his studies and training.

Bruce worked as a Firefighter Captain and Paramedic. First at Crest Forrest (CA) Fire Dept. and then at Springfield Fire Dept.

After 30 years of service, he retired from the Springfield Fire Dept. in 1995.

He enjoyed his farm, family, grandkids, his community, his faith, golf, traveling, talking to people about Jesus, and reading the bible. “Praise the Lord” was his favorite quote. Bruce was honored with the title of Master Mason. He was also a church Trustee.

Bruce met Julene (Vogt) Spear in 1959 (first date). They were married on Dec. 5, 1959, in San Bernardino. Together they raised three children: Susan (Oppenheimer) Spear, David Spear, Robert Spear.

Bruce is survived by his wife and three children named above, 8 grandchildren (Mackenzie, Savannah, Jessica, Allie, Elijah, Judah, Caleb, Josiah), one great-grandchild (Ivan); and many nieces and nephews that were like his kids too.

He was preceded in death by his sister Luann (Spear) McCracken, his father, and his mother.

The family has entrusted Major Family Funeral Home with the arrangements. A Celebration of Life Service was scheduled for July 18 at Camp Creek Church. A reception followed at Camp Creek Meeting Hall.



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