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Spraitz, Joseph Michael, 50, of Dana Point, died March 9, 2009. Born Jan. 17, 1959 in Wash. D.C., to Edward and Josephine Spraitz, Michael graduated from Corona Del Mar H.S. in 1977, and attended college. An outstanding athlete and outdoorsman, he continued to enjoy outdoor pursuits throughout his life. He savored each moment spent with family or friends on countless travels to pursue recreations including camping, hiking, skiing, and many more. His wife, Catherine Irvine of Laguna Beach, survives him. He also leaves two loving children, Elizabeth Spraitz of Mill Valley, CA, and Michael J. Spraitz II of Oregon City Or., along with their mother, Gale Burke of Wash.; his step - daughters, Emily D'Aniello (Abdi Tajbakhsh) son, Anthony, of San Rafael, Jennifer D'Aniello (Benjamin Boyer) of Lake Oswego, OR; his sister, Terry Ciszek (Tom) of Fayetteville, NC, and his lifelong friend Linda Mills of Dana Point will deeply miss Michael. His parents, and his sister, Gretchen preceded him in death. He also leaves two brothers, Ed (Maria), Cerritos, and Steve, Santa Fe NM. Many cousins, friends, nieces and nephews will miss his beautiful smile and enthusiasm for life. Pastor Bobby Delancellotti will conduct a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 21, at 4:30 pm, at Advantage Mortuary, 627 Main St., Huntington Beach, CA. 714-536-6359. Friends and Family will gather after to celebrate his life at 390 St. Ann's Dr., Laguna Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial and interment will follow later in Emporium, PA. at St. Mark Catholic Church. To contact Terry, please email tjcpigpen@aol.com . His family and friends suggest Donations in his honor to The Canyon Club 20456 Laguna Canyon Rd. Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949-497-1823 "I am responsible…when anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of A.A. always to be there. And for that, I am responsible."

Published in Orange County Register on Mar. 19, 2009
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