A TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR!
With sadness we must report the passing of Dann Spear, Museum Founder, Director and Curator on February 22nd , 2018
A memorial is planned to celebrate Spear’s life. Roberta said the theme will be “no regrets.”
Saturday March 17 at 10am
Yuba College theater
North Beale Road Marysville
Food and visiting to follow at the Museum
Dann C. Spear, 63 years old, a 40 year resident of Yuba County,
passed away unexpectedly surrounded by family on February 22, 2018 following a
Dann was born to William C. "Doc" and Margie Spear in Ventura, California in 1954. He is survived by his wife Roberta, his two sons Carson and Brandon, his daughters-in-law Erin and Cotie, his mother, Margie Burnett and her husband John Burnett, his sister Darla Pumphrey (Wayne) and many other family members.
He grew up around horses and livestock, and worked at the family business at the Ojai Valley Inn Riding Stables and Matalija Ranch in his youth. He graduated from Nordhoff H.S. in 1972, and while attending Cal Poly S.L.O. he competed in College Rodeo and went on to compete successfully in Professional Rodeo in the Team Roping Event.
He married the love of his life Roberta Eskew Spear in 1974. After attending Cal Poly they moved back to Ojai where Dann began working in the construction industry. After two years they realized their dream of owning a small ranch and moved to Marysville, CA where Dann continued to compete in Professional Rodeo and continued his construction career. Dann worked in the Public Works department of Sutter County for 30 years where he loved helping the people of Sutter County. Dann also served several terms as a Captain in the Yuba Co. Sheriff's Posse. Dann also had a strong faith and love for the Lord in a quiet way and always treated people like family. He was known for being fair, honest, kind and had an amazing sense of humor with a smile on his face.
Dann and Roberta had two sons, Carson and Brandon Spear. As a family they were involved in 4-H, little league, and High School Rodeo. They were avid fans of Wheatland Pirates football where they never missed a game, and were able to watch Carson's team make the playoffs for the first time in the school's history in 1996 and Brandon's team in 1998 won the only section championship Wheatland has ever won in football. Dann's boys grew up to become a Captain in the Army and Iraq War Veteran and a Sergeant in the Yuba County Sheriff's Department. Dann dearly loved his daughters-in-law Erin who is an Estate Planning Attorney at Guth & Changaris and Cotie who is the Nursing Administrator for Yuba County Corrections.
While raising his family, Dann founded the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors in 1983. Dann had always been interested in Military history, and after meeting several WW2 Flying Tigers Veterans it inspired the start of his Military memorabilia collecting. Dann's collection and passion for telling Veterans' stories continued to grow each year into what the Museum is today.
If you have not yet visited the museum take a look at the website: or stop by any Saturday from 10-3pm, or call 530-742-3090 to arrange a private tour, and admission is always free. Dann always said the Museum is not about war, it's about people, and he was interested in everyone's story.
Dann enjoyed every minute of life, he lived it to the fullest and had no regrets about anything! There will be a celebration of his life on March 17, 2018 at 10:00 am at Adventure Church in Yuba City at 1100 Garden Highway (*10am service location may change due to the amount of people coming) followed by food and memories at the Museum / Spear home.
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