Spike served a total of 14 years in the army, but his military training in nuclear power led to his career employment at SMUD as a nuclear technical instructor for 24 years.
Spike was a member of numerous organizations, including a couple of motorcycle chapters, a bocce ball league, a member of the Order of Real-Bearded Santas, the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary docents, and was a volunteer with the Placerville CHP and was also previously a docent at the Sacramento State Capitol. He served as a founding board member of the NorCal CarciNET Community since our inception in 2007, helping many others come to terms with a NET Carcinoid diagnosis. One of his many hobbies included jewelry making and he took and helped to teach some classes at Folsom Lake College.
He also enjoyed traveling, and he and Nancy were able to enjoy numerous trips. Nancy swore he was trying to off her, with their many extreme vacations. They survived diving with manta rays, bicycling down Mount Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii, scuba diving, and also river rafting for 4 days on the Rogue River, just to name a few of their daring adventures. They enjoyed many years of motorcycling and camping cross country in their small teardrop trailer. They also loved their many animal pets and, at one time, had only pot-bellied pigs, poodles and parrots.
A memorial service with military honors will be held on April 23rd at 11:00 at Green Valley Mortuary 3004 Alexandrite Drive in Rescue, California. Streaming will also be available online. Interment will follow at the Dixon Veteran’s Cemetery at a later date.