John A. Maspero
Former Sheriff, FBI Special Agent, Austin Police Officer and United States sailor, John Maspero died on Saturday, March 22, 2014. He was 69 years old. Retired from an accomplished career in law enforcement, Maspero found a peaceful life in Temple with his loving wife, Patricia. Charismatic, gregarious, and well-loved in the community, John had a passion for the outdoors. He could be found spending time with family and friends either on the golf course or the deer lease, any day of the week. "Johnny" never met a stranger and was always quick with a smile and a story.
Prior to creating this comfortable retirement, Maspero accumulated impressive professional accolades and had experiences more dramatic and intriguing than the average man. From wire tapping mobsters to foreign counter intelligence - he told stories from a career that could, at times, be mistaken for a detective novel. Maspero also had a passion for education - he was a guest lecturer at Texas State University and spent the final five years of his career working as a Special Education teacher for Temple ISD.
Maspero grew up in San Antonio and played basketball for Burbank High School, graduating in 1962. From 1963 to 1969 he served in the United States Navy and was recognized for his service in Vietnam. He returned to Texas and worked for the Austin Police Department from 1970 - 1973, moving on to a job at the Inspector General's Office. Deciding he needed more education to further career, Maspero attended Stephen F. Austin and received his BA in Criminal Justice in 1979. Not long after graduating, Maspero was accepted into the FBI Academy and began a twenty year career as a Special Agent, with specialties in organized crime and drug cartels. He was also named Top Administrator of a Sheriff's Office in the state of Texas.
John Maspero is survived by his wife Patricia Maspero, daughter Meredith Page Daniels and husband Patrick of Austin, sons Jacob Alan Maspero and John Samuel Maspero of Georgetown, step-children Tracy Ostlund and husband John of Cedar Park, Tammy Wendler and husband Jerrod of Vernon, Tiffany Giffen and husband Scott of Bryan, brother Louis Maspero and wife Barbie of Temple, sister Diane Maspero of San Antonio, grandchildren Kali, Kooper, Bailey, Karson, Kennedy, Hannah, Luke and great-grandchildren Kenli and Keat'n.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Angels or Junior Golf Camp at Sammons Golf Links.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM Thursday, March 27, at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church at Marak with Rev. Walter Matus as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 PM Wednesday at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home with a rosary recited at 7:00 PM.
Online guestbook and obituary at www.scanioharperfuneralhome.com.
Published in Express-News on Mar. 26, 2014