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RICHARD ALAN SPEARS Richard "Rick" Alan Spears, 66, of Stuart, went to be with The Lord on October 14th at Trea
sure Coast Hospice after suffering a stroke on September 26th. He was the beloved husband of Doris Hachmuth Spears for over forty-four years and loving father of Andy, Mark, and Dan Spears. Rick was born in Port Jervis, New York on January 1, 1947 to Harry Sidney Spears and the late Margaret Cortright Spears. He excelled at sports and academics at Port Jervis High School as the quarterback of the football team, guard on the basketball team, and the captain of the golf team. Rick had an illustrious amateur golf career, winning many state and national golf tournaments including the Met Amateur, The Ike, and the Orange Bowl Junior International, which earned him a golf scholarship to the University of Florida. As a Gator, he played on their NCAA Championship Team in 1968, which was the first ever national championship by any team at the University of Florida. At 19, he qualified for and played in the 1966 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. In his senior year at the University of Florida, Rick met and married Doris Hachmuth. After one date, they eloped to Kingsland, Georgia and were married in May of 1969. They shared the rest of his life happily married. Rick was in ROTC in college and later served eight years in the United States Army Reserves. He finished his military service as a captain with an honorable discharge. In 1971, Rick played in The Masters at Augusta National as an amateur and won the closest to the pin on two of the nine holes in the Wednesday Par 3 Tournament. He played golf professionally from 1971 until 1981. He joined the family business, Delaware Valley Block Sand and Gravel in 1973. With his degree in business administration and his skill in sales, he helped grow the company until it was sold in 1986. His family moved back to Florida and to Palm City in 1986. In 1988, he began publishing The Real Estate Book of Martin County and built the business into a series of magazines that stretched from the Orlando area to Miami. In 2001, Rick and his wife sold the last of The Real Estate Books that he had developed and he retired for the second time. Over the next twelve years, until his sudden stroke, Rick was active as a real estate entrepreneur who purchased and remodeled several properties. In retirement, he also enjoyed traveling the world with his wife. Together they visited Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Austria, Morocco, China, Japan, Korea, and they took a special trip to South Africa for their 40th wedding anniversary. Golf was always Rick's main interest and you could find him most days at the golf course practicing or playing with his friends. He was a member at Martin Downs Country Club and also at Stuart Yacht and Country Club. He loved all competition, from a Nassau bet at the club, to the many competitive tournaments he played in. Many of those who had the privilege to play golf with him considered him the best wedge player they'd ever seen and he enjoyed helping anyone who asked with their short games. One friend even said upon hearing about Rick's passing, "guess God needed someone to teach him how to hit a sand wedge". Rick donated his time to coaching Pop Warner Football while his sons were growing up and recently donated his time at Hibiscus Children's Center. Rick was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. He truly enjoyed spending every other Sunday hosting "Family Dinner" for all of his relatives. He is survived by his father, Harry Sidney Spears; his brother, Gary Spears of Port Jervis, New York; his sister, Judith Austin of Clackamas, Oregon; his wife Doris Hachmuth Spears of Stuart; his sons Andy Spears, Mark Spears, and Dr. Daniel Spears of Palm City; and eight grandchildren: Emily Spears, Elizabeth Spears, Matthew Spears, Lauren Spears, Marlin Spears, Ashley Spears, Walker Spears and Sydney Spears. In honor of Richard "Rick" Alan Spears, a Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, October 21st at 3 P.M. at First United Methodist Church on Kanner Highway in Stuart and open to all family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Hibiscus Children's Center, 2400 NE Dixie Highway, Jensen Beach, FL 34957 in the name of Richard Spears.

Published in the TC Palm on Oct. 18, 2013
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