Morris Spizman

Morris Spizman passed away on Friday April 6th, 2018 at the age of 87 in Santa Rosa, California. He was born in 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to immigrant Jewish parents during the Great Depression. Morris grew up in poverty, starting to work at a young age to help support his family. He served in the Korean War as an Army Engineer before settling in Los Angeles where his sisters had already settled. In the summer of 1956 Morris attended a B'nai B'rith dance while still wearing the fine suit he used when working the box office at LA City College, and so made quite an impression on his future wife, Helga. They were married in February of 1957 while his mother was visiting from Michigan. Morris attended LA City College on the GI Bill and graduated with his B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He went to work for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power as a Power Distribution Engineer and stayed there his entire professional life. He and Helga had three children, Toni, Martin and Carol and provided a lovely, stable home for them to grow up in and receive educations. After his retirement in 1993, he and Helga bought a beautiful home in Santa Rosa where they could enjoy their garden, pets, and grandchildren as members of the community here. Not being one to sit around the house, he volunteered his time helping the elderly with their taxes and serving on a Grand Jury. Morris loved reading history, poetry, current events, investing, tinkering with repairs jobs around the house, attending movies and cultural events with his family, and sharpening knives. He leaves behind his wife, three children and four grandchildren. He is remembered fondly as a good provider, a kind and gentle man who overcame great adversity to accomplish a peaceful and happy life.
Funeral service will be on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. located at Santa Rosa Memorial Park; 1900 Franklin Avenue in Santa Rosa.