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Donald Thomas Spaniak

03/22/1945 - 02/15/2023

Donald Thomas Spaniak, 77, was born March 22, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois. He lived the last 3 1/2 years in Arizona where he passed away peacefully on February 15, 2023. Donald was the beloved husband of the late Deborah (nee Goven), whom he married on May 17, 1969.  Loving father of Laura (David) Schroer, Donald L. (Jennifer) Spaniak, and David (Hannah) Spaniak. Cherished grandfather of Elizabeth and Matthew Schroer and Nathanael Spaniak. Dear brother of the late George (the late Barbara), Laurie (Darryl) Drake, the late Nicholas (Virginia), and Mary Bell(the late Lyle Schmidt). Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine. He was extremely proud of his long career with Chrysler Financial. No funeral or memorial service is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service in Illinois is scheduled. Interment will take place at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois at that time.

Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • Don, your father is now pain free and wife his bride.
    May Donald now RIP. ????

  • One hellava good guy who loved and cherished his family dearly. A very good friend who i was blessed to know. May he Rest in Peace with his wonderful wife Deborah. God Bless the Spaniak family.

  • Don was an amazing boss, mentor and friend who I will never forget. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. He was loved by many.

  • My deepest condolences to Laura, Don,jr and David. Your Dad was the Best of the Best. I am so blessed to have him as a friend in baseball And the car industry that we shared. Memories of him and Deb forever in my life.

  • Sending condolences and strength to the family. May you find comfort in the memories memories made and the legacy left with stories to share.

  • My condolences to Dons family he was a good guy and a funny guy , prayers for his family ?

  • I can only say he was a good man and friend who loved his family with all his heart.

  • The news of Don’s passing leaves me with a heavy heart. I will always cherish my memories that we shared with Ralph Tassistro and Wally Price. Love to the Spaniaks.

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