Lon Spurrier passed away on June 23, 2015. A Celebration of his life will be held in the Bay Area July 12, 2015, see link above. We just heard about it tonight and went google searching for some background. Lon graduated from Delano HS in California in the early 1950's. He was a child of Dust Bowl migrants to the state of California. He went on to U. of California at Berkeley with a limited background in track. He had finished sixth in the state meet in his third try at 440 yards. Lon just got better and better and in 1955 had his best year setting a WR in the 880 in 1:47.5 and running on two WR relay teams . He got second in the Pan Am Games 800 in Chicago that year and ran on the winning 4x400 team with J.W. Mashburn, Jim Lea, and Lou Jones. In the Melbourne Olympics he finished 6th in the 800 in 1:49.3. He went on to get an M.B.A at Harvard and worked on Wall Street before returning to the Bay Area in California. Below is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle. Our sympathies to his family.
|Lon Spurrier with Bill Dellinger, Jim Bailey, Deborah Kerr, and Ron Delany|
(from Mr. Dellinger's collection)
From the San Francisco Chronicle, July 10, 2015