In Loving Memory
Michael Spanish Sr.
March 22, 1921 ~ July 7, 2010
Michael Spanish Sr. of 604 Abbott Rd., Walla
Walla died Wednesday, July 7,2010 of compli-
cations from a massive stroke.
Mike was born in Walla Walla, on March 22, 1921 to Royal Francis and
Mary Theresa (Pratto) Spanish. He attended the two-room Braden
School along with many of the Italian immigrant family children and
carried many fond memories of his childhood years.
Our father was a veteran of World War II, serving in the 42nd Rainbow
Division and 222nd Infantry Anti-Tank Division in Europe. He was
stationed in Dachau, Germany, Austria and France. At the time of
his honorable discharge in December 1945 he was a Staff Sergeant
(Interpreter in Italy).
"The past is never dead. It's not even past." This statement from
American author William Faulkner embodies our Papa's experience
during World War II. His part in history and the stories shared will be
in our hearts forever.
He was a Lifetime Member of the 42nd National Association Rainbow
Division. He was also a Lifetime Member of St. Francis Catholic Church,
VFW Post #992, BPOE Lodge #287, Knights of Columbus #766, Walla
Walla Wagon Wheelers, and Tri-State Steelheader's Association.
Mike's passion in life was farming, with a genuine love of the land.
He briefly farmed in St. John, WA and was later led to Walla Walla and
the Union Oil Company. He ran and operated two service stations
and the Union Oil Bulk Plant, as a Consignee. Even upon retirement,
Papa continued to be involved in his son's business, Mike's Main
Mike's fierce determination and strength live on through his son
Michael (Cathy) Spanish of Walla Walla, his daughter Carol Hays and
Ron Hay of Richland, WA, grandchildren Kimberlee Ramsey (Craig) of
Walla Walla, Kerrie Otipoby (Kevin) of Shrewsbury, MA, James Spanish
(Kelly) of Portland, OR, and Craig Hays (Kelly) of Denver, CO. Papa's life
would not have been complete without the addition of three precious
great-grandchildren; Jacob and James Ramsey, and Stella Otipoby.
Papa was blessed to have the love and support of Linda Stevens, who
was like a daughter to both dad and mom. Lifelong friends Don and
Jan Angotti, Tina and Joe Falbo, David and Marguerite Venneri pro-
vided the nourishment of friendship and food. In addition, Dad was
fortunate to have conscientious caregiver assistance during his illness
at home and brief hospital stay.
Papa was an enthusiastic and active baseball fan. He was the proud
father of three generations of ball players; his son, two grandsons, and
great grandson. Watching his boys play from the age ofT-Ball through
college ball gave him great joy. In our father's honor, we request con-
tributions be made through Herring Funeral Home, to Walla Walla
Pacific Little League, a most worthy organization benefiting youth.
Visitation will be from 4:00-7:30PM Tuesday, July 13 at Herring Funeral
Home. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 14 at
St. Francis Catholic Church.
His parents, brothers, sister and beloved wife, Alice, preceded Dad
" The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to
live to purpose." - Michel de Montaigne