Some (updated) sad news on Mike Spence (Santa) —

Ken Jones

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#1
I talked to his wife Cheryl tonight and Mike is near death. He was in a hospice but has returned home and Cheryl said he only has a few days to live. Given his condition, they are not accepting any visitors. I wished her and Mike our prayers.

Mike will make the forth board member from UPSAC to die in the past few years — James Liu, Brian Linbarger, Boyd Grant and now Mike.

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Pictured — James Liu, Mike Spence, Dora Liu, and Elaine Liu at the 2011 Avila Kids Fishing Derby.​

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The UPSAC crew at the 2012 Avila Kids Derby — in the cart is Cheryl Spence, Brian Linebarger and Robert Gardner, standing is Boyd Grant
 
#3
It is sad news. May he travel in peace and love.

This is one thing about getting older no one likes to talk about. Namely, mortality. First it is people dying in your grandparents' era, then your parents' generation, and then, too soon, those among your peers. Stay positive, keep the memories fresh, and these fine folks will not perish entirely.

shantih
 

Ken Jones

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#4
Two more pics —

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Better times —the Santa Barbara Kids Derby in 2015 — Brian Linebarger nearest the camera, James Liu just past him, and Santa (Mike Spence just down the pier.

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Brian Linebarger with James Liu and his wonderful children.
 

Ken Jones

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#5
It is sad news. May he travel in peace and love.

This is one thing about getting older no one likes to talk about. Namely, mortality. First it is people dying in your grandparents' era, then your parents' generation, and then, too soon, those among your peers. Stay positive, keep the memories fresh, and these fine folks will not perish entirely.

shantih
So true and of course you begin to queation youe own mortality.
 

Ken Jones

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#7
Mike passed away on Saturday morning. No formal service is planned although a get together/pot luck lunch celebrating Mike will take place at Lopez Lake on the 23rd. As I get more details I will pass them on.
 

Ken Jones

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#12
There will be a memorial get together at Lopez Lake on Saturday, March 23 at the Escondido Group Site, noon. The family will provide meat, bread and paper goods and they ask others to bring a side dish, your own beverages, and chairs.