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Attorney Mark S. Spangler, 71, of Wakefield passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 25th. Mark was the beloved husband of Mary A. Donnelly for 25 years. Born on Veterans' Day in Long Beach CA, he was the son of William S. Spangler of Santa Barbara CA, and the late Thalia J. (Harmany) Spangler. Mark graduated from Rogers High School and attended the University of Rhode Island graduating in 1968. He was a member of the URI Debate Team which was ranked nationally. He received his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1973. After graduation, Mark returned to RI where he resided and practice law until his death. Mark was a member of the RI and California Sate Bar. Mark served honorably with the U.S. Army Rangers as a Sergeant in Vietnam (1968-1970). He founded the legal clinic at Sympatico, formerly of Wakefield, and served as Town Solicitor of South Kingstown. He was a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 325 for over 40 years, serving as Secretary and Treasurer. He also served as Secretary of the RI State Veterans Council. Mark was compassionate to those in need and gave of himself freely. He was an architect behind the Vietnam Veterans Memorial garden at Dale Carlia Corner and for years spent his weekend mornings gardening and maintaining it for the benefit of all. Most recently he volunteered to help prepare and file taxes at the Johnnycake Center in Wakefield and truly enjoyed being of service to others. Mark took great pride and pleasure in his yard and garden, where he would frequently be found in the company of LB his cat. He was an avid stamp collector and even occasionally managed to get them catalogued. What he most loved was time spent with his grandchildren, his greatest joy. He will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, brother, grandpa, friend and counselor. Besides his wife and father, Mark is survived by his daughter Christine Hoerning and her husband Rainer and their three children, Anna Sophia, Lucas and Eric of Cham, Switzerland; his daughter Mary Eileen Taylor and her husband Daniel and their two children, Daniel James and Abby Mae Thalia of Wakefield; his brother Reed Spangler and his wife Yvonne of Santa Barbara CA, as well as many brothers and sisters in law, loving nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends. Mark was predeceased by youngest brother, Neal Spangler. Visiting hours are at the Avery-Storti Funeral Home, 88 Columbia Street, Wakefield, RI Sunday June 3rd from 3-7pm. A celebration of his life will be held at Christ The King Church,180 Old North Road, Kingston, RI 02881 Monday, June 4th at 10AM. Burial with military honors will follow immediately at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter RI. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South County Veterans Council, PO Box 5551 Wakefield, RI 02880, or to Autism Speaks, 1 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or a . For guest book and condolences, please visit averystortifuneralhome.com.
Published in The Providence Journal on May 31, 2018
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