Salem  Spitz

Salem Spitz

Wednesday, April 11th, 1928 - Thursday, January 30th, 2020
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Salem Spitz of Gilbert, AZ, passed away on January 30, 2020, in Chandler, AZ. He is survived by his son Jonathan; daughter-in-law Sherry; daughter Rebecca; and grandchildren Jessica, Jillian, Ryan and wife Julie, and Scott. He is predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Estelle, and son David.

Salem was born on April 11, 1928, in New York to Lithanian Jewish immigrants. He moved to Los Angeles in 1950, after graduating with a BS in Engineering from City College of New York, where he played lacrosse. He served in the US Army's 656th Engineer Battalion in Germany. He followed that with a brief stint as a race car driver---brief because he couldn't afford to keep buying new tires after each race! After receiving an MS in Civil Engineering from UCLA, Sal worked as a traffic engineer for cities throughout Los Angeles County. He and Estelle moved to Gilbert in 2007.

When not working or caring for his family, Sal attended to his many hobbies, including reading, woodworking, electronics, photography, politics, astronomy, history, and building plastic and paper models. You never heard him claim to be bored! He was also a member of the Masons for more than 50 years.

Salem was a wise, generous, and loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and friend and will be much missed.

“Behold the turtle! He makes progress only when his neck is out.”

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The American Cancer Society and PBS
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    Monday, February 10th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Monday, February 10th, 2020 9:30am
    National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
    23029 N. Cave Creek Rd.
    Phoenix ARIZONA, 85024


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Love, Amalia & Angelica

Posted at 01:38pm
Remember that we love and care about you. Heartfelt sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time. Big hugs my friend.
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Eric Moore

Posted at 08:29pm
I have lived next door to Sal since he moved to Gilbert in 2007. You can’t choose your neighbors but if you could you would choose Sal. He was very friendly and neighborly from the start. My two daughters looked forward to holidays because Sal always made holiday decorations for them, and we still display Sal’s holiday decorations each year. Our family will miss our neighbor Sal. Eric, Joanna, Katie, and Sarah Moore.

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Posted at 04:50pm
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Posted at 10:58pm
With fond memories of our time as neighbors and with our deepest condolences for your loss.
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