12/10/1920 – 1/28/2017
With great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the passing of our father and husband, Dan Spiegle, on Jan. 28, 2017. Dad was born in Cosmopolis, Wash., on Dec. 10, 1920. He spent his younger years living in San Diego, Honolulu, Loleta and Santa Monica before entering the US Navy in 1942. While stationed on Maui, he painted Navy pilots’ insignias on their jackets, parachute bags and airplanes. After the war, he relocated to Santa Monica and started school at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. In 1947 our parents met on a blind double-date, which was instigated by two dear friends. It was the perfect match and they married on Thanksgiving Eve that same year. This was the beginning to their 69-plus year love affair.
Dad’s first real break in his art career was with the syndicated comic strip of Hopalong Cassidy. He spent five years capturing Hoppy’s adventures in ink for everyone to experience. He was also fortunate enough to travel with William Boyd, doing sketches for Mr. Boyd to autograph for his fans. During this time Dan III and Kip were born and when the Hoppy adventures ended it was time to leave Los Angeles for the beautiful town of Ojai, where Carrie was born. Mom and Dad found that they were spending more time on the cooler beaches of Carpinteria than at home, so in 1960 they made the move to Carp and Gayle was born. Dad spent his long career drawing for numerous publishing companies such as Gold Key, Dell, DC comics, Marvel, Eclipse and more. He also worked with Walt Disney Studios capturing their movies and putting them to paper in comic book form; such as “Mary Poppins,” “The Love Bug,” and “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” just to name a few. Dad was highly regarded in the industry, and well known around town for his watercolor paintings, which many friends and businesses have received through the years.
Our father lived and breathed family, tennis, drawing and watercolors. Our fondest memories with him are when he would get out the tractor and take us around the neighborhood, trick or treating for Halloween. And Christmas was always a spectacular event with Dad capturing it all on his super 8 movie camera with the oversized lights blinding us kids. Dad loved putting around the avocado orchard on his tractor with his grandkids on his lap. Even his great-grandson, Finley, was able to experience one last ride before the tractor was donated to the Carpinteria High School Ag department. Dad was a sweet and passionate man and he made our lives truly colorful and wonderful. He will be so dearly missed.
Dan leaves behind the love of his life, Marie; sons Dan III and Kip (Sali); daughters Carrie (Eric) and Gayle; grandchildren Brandy, Paula (Matt), Shana (Kyle) and Shelton; great-grandchildren Peyton, Finley, Kai and Cobin. In lieu of flowers please send any donations in Dan’s name to the Carpinteria Valley Historical Society. For more information about Dan’s career visit the blog: www.newsfromme.com/2017/01/30
A celebration of his life will be forthcoming.