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Gordon Jay Spoor
Gordon Jay Spoor, 76, of Bishop, passed away April 5, 2014.
He was born to the late Garrett and Florence Spoor on Nov. 18, 1937, in Bishop. He graduated from Bishop High School in 1955 and joined the US Navy. During his time in the service he married Darlene Clement (also of Bishop) on Nov. 10, 1957 and they began their family.
They spent the next 25 years in Bishop running the family business (Spoorâs Sheet Metal) and raising their three children. They worked hard to support their family and instill a âwork ethicâ in their kids. They were also steadfast members of their community and church. Gordon served as a volunteer fireman and ambulance driver, a sound technician at his church and donated countless hours and materials to many church projects through the years. He also traveled abroad building churches and shelters for the poor.
Away from work time was spent with their family camping, fishing or traveling to support their sonâs motorcycle racing. Many times Gordon would finish work and then drive the motor home through the night to a race sight as his family slept.
After their children were raised they sold their business and moved to Santa Rosa where he went to work for the R.E. Corporation. Over the years, they made many great friends and Gordon tuned his cherished role as âGrandpa.â He always enjoyed photography and now he had the time to spend taking pictures and creating collages and video displays mostly of his favorite subject, his family.
Gordon retained his passion for God, his family and his work until the end.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Darlene; and three children, Cheryl Ytreeide (David), Jeff Spoor (Nikki) and Laura Horrisberger (Scott). He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The immediate family would like to thank the friends, extended family and his employer for their loving support during his illness.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made out to the âGordon Spoor Memorial Fundâ on youcare.com.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 14 at St. Markâs Lutheran Church in Santa Rosa. Burial and graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16 at East Line Street Cemetery in Bishop.