Deacon William Spellman passed away on February 5, 2017 at the age of 87. Deacon Bill served as a Deacon for 36 years and was assigned to St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Central City, Colorado for most of his vocational ministry.
He was born on the 8th of June 1929 to David and Sadie Spellman in the small town of Clay Center, Kansas. After graduating from High School, he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1948 and served 4 years conducting a variety of duties including being assigned as a military police on a motorcycle. Soon after being discharged, he moved to Colorado where he met the love of his life, Dolores Blake. They were married on September 26th, 1954 which was soon after his initation into the Roman Catholic Church. They soon moved to Dolores’ hometown of Black Hawk where they remained for almost 60 years and raised three children; Sandy, Mark, David. Bill worked at a variety of interesting jobs including being a radio dispatcher for Coors and conducted fund raising for the Cancer Research Center. He was a wonderful writer with a great zeal for his faith.
On May 9th, 1981, he was ordained a Deacon in the Archdiocese of Denver by Archbishop James Casey and was immediately assigned to St. Paul’s parish in Idaho Springs supporting St. Mary of the Assumption in Central City. During his time in the mountains, he became a pillar for the mountain community and a model of the spiritual leadership for those who met him.
“Deacon Bill was a quiet person with the humble heart of a Deacon.” stated Deacon Joseph Donohoe, Director of Deacon Personnel. “His welcoming spirit brought joy to anyone who met him even as he struggled with his health.”