Louis J. Spear Jr., 97, of Strawberry died May 10, 2001, in Payson. He was born Oct. 15. 1903, in Los Angeles, Calif. and had lived as a part of a pioneer family in Arizona for the past 92 years and in Strawberry for the past 10 years.
Mr. Spear was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was part of the refueling crew in the Aleutian Islands of the first round of the world flight in 1926. He participated in and managed part of the construction of the McCormic Ranch Railroad in the late 1960s, and was part of the survey crew that built the first roads in Arizona from Yuma to Lordsburg, N.M. He also was a charter member of the Payson Masonic Lodge, The Shrine Club and the Elks Lodge.
Survivors include three sons, Louis J. Spear, III of Cottonwood, Ariz.; George Edward Spear of Phoenix and Robert Eugene Spear of Flagstaff, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 25 at the Payson Masonic Hall.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.