Registered on January 17, 2015 and updated on January 17, 2015:
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Rest in Peace 2015
Name:Mr. Donald Dean Spindler
High School:Highlands High
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City:North Highlands
Postal Code:95660
Country:United States
Military Branch:Army
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Occupation:Retired Army Air Corp, HHS Teacher

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Donald Dean Spindler, born August 21, 1922 in Ogilvie, Minnesota, passed away on January 7, 2015 following a struggle with Alzheimer's. Donald was a decorated WWII veteran who served as a P-38 Lightning Pilot in the Pacific Theater with the Army Air Corp and in the Korean War as a flight instructor. Donald was part of the squadron that escorted the Japanese Emperor back to Tokyo from the signing of the peace treaty with General Douglas MacArthur to ensure his safety. He retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Lt. Colonel. Upon returning home, he started the second of his life's goals - teaching music at Rio Linda Jr. High School in 1951. He went on to teach band at Campos Verdes Jr. High School in the 1960s and in 1969 he became the band teacher, bagpipe band teacher, and finally counselor at Highlands High School in North Highlands. He was the first honorary Mayor of North Highlands. Donald is survived by his wife Kathryn, sons Ronald Spindler and daughter-in-law Gloria, Robert Spindler and daughter-in-law Shelley, Michael McClusky and daughter-in-law Dianne, Patrick McClusky, and Marsha Boemer and son-in-law Eric. He has 7 grandchildren Ronnie Spindler, Jr., Michael Spindler, Christine McNally, Jennifer Archey, Kevin McClusky, Shaun McClusky and Ryan Boemer. He also has 12 great-grandchildren. In addition, Donald is survived by his brother Clayton Spindler, nieces, Trudy and Christy, and numerous cousins. Donald was a Freemason and a member of Harding San Juan Lodge #579. He was also a member of the Sacramento Scottish Rite, and Ben Ali Shrine. He was the Director of the Ben Ali Shrine Oriental Band for 22 years. A memorial and celebration of life service will be held at the Celtic Cross Presbyterian Church at 5839 Dewey Drive, Citrus Heights, 95621 on Saturday January 17 at 1:00PM. A reception will follow the service. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a charity Donald strongly supported.

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