Born: 31 October 1928, Los Angeles, California
Died: 28 April 2006, Torrance, California, age 77
Donald William Spellman was born in Los Angeles on October 31, 1928. He is the brother of Martin and Patricia Spellman. Don attended Mar-Ken School in 1942, after which he transferred to Venice High School, from which he graduated in 1943. After high school, he served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Lowry. After his military career, he worked as an engineer. In 1990, he retired from TRW as a Senior Test Engineer in Experimental Mechanics.
Don was married for 57 years to Venyce. He passed away in Torrance, California on April 28, 2006.
– by Alan H. Simon, for Mar-Ken.org
From the September 28, 1942 & the October 13, 1942 Mar-Ken Journals:
•Donald Spellman is the Assistant Editor of the Junior High Section of these issues of the Mar-Ken Journal.
•Donald Spellman went to Hot Springs, Calif. during his summer vacation.
From the 1943 Mar-Ken Primary & Junior High School Annual:
•Nicknames: Donald – “Little Pansy”
•Predictions 21 years from now: Don Spellman will be a reporter.
•What would happen if – Donald would dance in the follies?
•Donald participated in the Journalism Art, Stencilers, Typing, and Printing Committees.
•Donald Spellman wrote:
After the Gremlins Get Through With Little Boy Blue.
The little toy nut is covered with mud,
But sturdy and sulky he stands;
The little toy soldier is blue with rust,
And his apple pie molds in his hand.
Time was when the little toy mut was old,
And the soldier wasn’t passing fair;
And that was the time when our Little boy
Red kissed them and knocked them there.