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Daniel S. Spellens


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Daniel S. Spellens Obituary
April 19, 1950 - January 29, 2018 Dan Spellens found his peace on January 29, 2018 following a five-year battle with ALS. Dan was born in Long Beach, California, on April 19, 1950, one of three children to Flora Phillips and Harold Spellens, and was a brother to Binnie Berro and Phil Spellens. Dan's upbringing included a strong sense of family. Dan attended Wilson High School where he was Senior Class President and graduated in 1968. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Communications from University of California, San Diego in 1972. As a young adult, Dan pursued Freemasonry, walking in the footsteps of his father and brother. Throughout Dan's career in music and entertainment, he served as producer, agent, and promoter for companies such as William Morris Agency, Wolf & Rissmiller Concerts, Los Angeles Clippers, Harlem Globetrotters, and Ice Capades. He later served as Vice President of Operations for Mandalay Sports Entertainment. Dan concluded his career at SMG Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center where he worked for 15 years as the Director of Theatres and Entertainment. In 1990, Dan attended Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, where he met his future wife Melanie Merich. Melanie and Dan were compatible opposites. They shared their passions of family, sports, religious traditions, and the cities of Chicago and Long Beach throughout their 28 years together. Though Melanie and Dan did not have children, they considered their many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews as their own. Dan's legacy will not only be that of a devoted son, brother, husband, uncle, and friend, but will also be from the work he did for ALS Research. In less than two years, almost $300,000 was raised for the "Melanie and Dan Spellens ALS Research Fund" at Cedars-Sinai. A Memorial and Celebration Luncheon will be held February 8, 2018, at Temple Israel, 269 Loma Avenue, Long Beach at 12:00 pm. Donations in Memory of Dan Spellens may be made to: Melanie and Dan Spellens ALS Research Fund at Cedars-Sinai By Check: "Cedars-Sinai" Print in the memo line "Melanie and Dan Spellens ALS Research Fund" Mail to: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Attn: Paola Werstler, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 2416, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 6, 2018
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