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In Memory of

David Paul Spies

February 21, 1948 - May 6, 2017

Obituary


David Paul Spies was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. David was a man who definitely liked order and was most...

David Paul Spies was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He knew with certainty how he wanted to set priorities in all aspects of his life. He struck those who knew him as the kind of person who awoke in the morning with a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and how to set about accomplishing those goals. David was a man who definitely liked order and was most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle. When this climate was absent, David would set about immediately to create it.
David was born on February 21, 1948, at Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, LA. His parents were Ignatius Paul and Muriel Elizabeth Staats Spies. David was raised in New Orleans and Garden City, NY. David was brought up to be reasonable in his actions and was taught to use his intellect wisely. He was an honest and straightforward child, traits that reinforced his self-confidence. Even at a young age, David was credited with having a positive influence on those around him.
The positive atmosphere that David generated spread to his family. David was raised with one sister, Diane Elizabeth Spies Philestie Anderson.
David's enthusiasm for learning and the personal energy that enthusiasm generated led to his exhibiting leadership qualities early on in his childhood. He liked to see things executed properly and showed a skill for taking control of situations that were drifting out of control. At the same time, he was willing to experiment with different approaches as he worked a plan towards a solution. As a young boy, he took part in Baseball. He was in St. Dominic School Choir. In his spare time he liked Comic books and baseball cards.
When it came to academics and school, David's organizational skills reaped dividends. David was able to create a system for getting his class work done in a proper and timely manner. With a strong ability to analyze his schoolwork and assignments, he could apply a practical, common sense approach completing his studies. He showed a natural curiosity in the manner in which he tackled new types of problems and would regularly challenge his own reasoning ability in finding solutions. He graduated from Garden City High School, in Garden City, NY, in 1965.
The work habits and approaches to studying that David utilized in high school also served him well in college. David always seemed on a quest for knowledge. He was able to generalize, summarize and compile information for his classes, employing a matter-of-fact approach. David was intuitive and mentally alert, seemed to crave the challenge of solving complex problems. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1970.
As David knew in other aspects of his life, he had a clear vision of what he sought in a relationship and worked hard to achieve it. On January 23, 1988 David exchanged wedding vows with Trudie Elizabeth Walters Smith at The Warwick Hotel Ballroom in Houston, Texas. Trudie "Pouchen" was a significant part of his life, and it wasn't necessary for David to be overly sentimental or expressive about it for others to be aware of their mutual devotion.
David was blessed with two stepsons, Mark Edward Smith of Truro, Nova Scotia, and Todd Christopher Smith of Philadelphia, PA. He was also blessed with three grandchildren, James Edward Smith, Abigail Bailey Smith, and Olivia Nicole Smith. David was able to keep order in the family by using the same efficient and straightforward methods with the family as he did at work.
At work David was viewed as a natural leader. He could marshal all of the available resources, including personnel and materials, in order to meet virtually any objective. He was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. David was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. Although David might have been described by some as an overachiever, he was without question a dedicated and diligent employee. His primary occupation was oil and gas accounting. He was employed for 10 years at Texaco Company and 20 years for the H. M. Huber Cooperation.
No matter what the activity was, David had the ability to motivate others. This talent influenced his participation in sports, too. He sought out the possibilities in a competitive situation, and he stayed cool and calm under pressure. He relished the stimulation of the action and energy associated with sports. In high school, David played baseball. In his college years, David continued to stay active by playing football. Recreational sports included golf and target practice at the range with his Glock 9mm. He was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. He loved to watch the seasons change and avidly followed his favorite teams, especially the Houston Oilers and the Houston Astros.
David lived his life guided by a well-defined set of beliefs. His faith and religion were important aspects of those beliefs. He was a member Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, TX and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station.
Traveling, especially vacations, was another way for David to apply his exceptional leadership and organizational skills. He liked exploring different places but also enjoyed designing and scheduling the trips in advance. Favorite vacations included golf trips to Scotland, Bamph, Canada, the eastern coast of the United States, playing golf in the snow in Laurel, NC and attending his grandson's James' high school graduation in Aman, Jordan.
David was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. David's favorites was Reggie I, Reggie II, and Reggie III, all Westhighland White Terriers. Reggie MacGregor III is still frisky at the age of 5.
When David's retirement finally came in 1999, he was well prepared. He had worked out all of the details well in advance and knew exactly what he was going to do. His new life involved relocating to College Station, Texas. In retirement, he found new pleasure in playing golf and personalizing his new home by putting in a new deck and a waterfall in the back yard.
David passed away on May 6, 2017 at Baylor, Scott and White Hospital in College Station. David fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his wife Trudie of College Station; stepsons, Todd C. Smith and Mark E. Smith & his wife Karen; grandchildren, James, Abigail and Olivia; sister, Diane S. Anderson & husband Bob; nieces, Melanie P. Harvey & husband Paul, Ashlie Meers & husband Rob; great nieces Sarah, Ila and Dia.
A celebration of David's life will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan. David's ashes will be scatted over various golf courses.