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Thomas Marshall Sperbeck Jr.


1932 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Thomas Marshall Sperbeck Jr. Obituary

Thomas Marshall Sperbeck, Jr. was born in Oakland, California, on December 29, 1932, to Bernadine and Thomas Sperbeck, Sr.

Thomas was most commonly known as Dick, Coach, Chief, and Pop-Pop. Dick's childhood was spent in Marysville where he attended Marysville High School and Yuba College. He earned a total of nine varsity letters for his talent in baseball, basketball, and football.

After attending Yuba College, he furthered his education at St. Mary's College in Moraga, following in his father's footsteps. He played varsity baseball and basketball there and made many lifelong friends. Dick graduated with a double major in English and History, which would serve him well in his future life of teaching.

He served in the U.S. Army and completed ranger training in Colorado before being stationed in Germany. Once he returned to California, Dick pursued his teaching degree at Chico State. There, he met Helen Miller, who would be by his side for the 58 years after they married in 1959.

After graduating from Chico State, Dick began his twenty-year teaching and coaching career at Christian Brothers High School. He spent some of his most rewarding and happy times of his life teaching Spanish, Civics, English, baseball, basketball, and football to many students who remained friends throughout his life.

After retirement, Dick stayed active and competitive at his neighborhood tennis club, Sutter Lawn. He spent most of his days finding a game with anyone who was willing to put up with his questionable calls, sneaky drop shots and the famous left handed/right handed forehand.

Dick is survived by wife, Helen; and his children, Marshall (Kelle) Sperbeck, Stacey
(Ken) O'Brien, Jeff Sperbeck, and Jennifer (Brian) Lagomarsino; as well as his twelve grandchildren, Brooke, Thomas, and Ally Sperbeck, Taylor, Kelly, Paige (Josh) Peck, and Blake O'Brien, Carly, Samantha, and Jackson Sperbeck, and Charley and Lane Lagomarsino. He is also survived by siblings, Diane Baker, Sue Blank, and Stan (Carolyn) Paul, along with in-laws, Jerry Miller, Bob (Lynda, dec.) Miller, and Barbara (Walt) Harcos. He will be missed by many
cousins, nieces, and nephews. Dick was surrounded by family when he passed away peacefully on August 31, 2017.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Christian
Brothers High School.

In lieu of flowers, the family will be funding a scholarship for a student in need. Donations can be made in his name to the LaSalle Club at Christian Brothers High School 4315 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Sacramento CA 95820.
Published in Appeal Democrat from Sept. 7 to Sept. 8, 2017
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