Byron Eugene Spencer passed away September 8, 2018. Gene was born on January 26, 1938 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Wayne and Hermetta Spencer of Montague, California. Gene attended Bogus Elementary school and graduated from Yreka High School in 1955.
In Gene’s early years he participated in many amateur rodeos competing in the bareback riding throughout the state of California. While competing in the rodeos he also worked as a logger. He started his logging career driving heavy equipment his favorite piece to operate was the CAT. Gene worked for several logging companies in the Siskiyou County area such as Anderson & Neuenschwander, Jim Schwartz and International Paper Company where he was a siderod for 9 years. In 1995 Gene started his own logging company Spencer Logging. He retired from the logging industry in 2008.
In 1969 he married Susan Henry Severns and moved to Mt. Shasta, California.
Gene was an avid outdoorsman, who also enjoyed camping and buck hunting. He belonged to many local community groups such as Mt. Shasta Elks, Mt. Shasta Horsemen, Modoc Tribe Ride and Mt. Shasta Snowmobile Club. Gene was also a huge San Francisco 49er fan and could always be found on Sundays watching his team with friends and family. He was a man of few words but was very proud of his family and was always willing to lend a hand to whoever needed one.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years Susan Spencer, his daughter Donya Sarti (Reese) of Mt. Shasta California and his son Shawn Spencer (Jaime) of Hauser Lake, Idaho. He is also survived by his six grandchildren Erika Krogseth, Aaron Spencer, Kellen Spencer, Jaycee Gray, Sejay Sarti and Kaycee Sarti. He has two sisters Billie Hagedorn and Donna Jespersen both of Montague. His brother Dewayne “Pee Wee” Spencer preceded him in death.
Graveside services will be held at Mt. Shasta Memorial Park on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Madrone Hospice 255 Collier Circle, Yreka CA 96097 or Alzheimer’s Aids Society of Northern California P.O. Box 60095, Sacramento, CA 95860 . We pray that someday they will find a cure for Alzheimer’s.