David Allen Spilo

August 21, 1963August 15, 2013
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David Allen Spilo passed away peacefully in his home on Thursday, August 15th 2013. He was born on August 21st, 1963 in West Lafayette, Indiana to Richard and Joyce (Briggs) Spilo. He was the youngest of three children and only son. He lived in Indiana, New York, and Iowa, before they saw the light and moved to Austin, Texas, when he was a teenager.

David graduated from Anderson High School and then went on to earn both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He specialized in digital design and computer architecture. He was the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie class of 1985, Whoop!

David worked in the semiconductor field as a circuit layout design engineer. He worked for Lockheed, AMD, Applied Research Labs, LS2, Motorola, and Freescale. He contributed to 10 patents and was part of the team that developed the AMD microprocessor.

David fell in love while at A&M with Hilary Albert and they were married in July 1990. They celebrated their 23rd anniversary this year. David was a family man who loved being a son, brother, and husband, but he especially loved being a father to his two children, Walter and Chandler. They were the joy of his life. He enjoyed watching his kids play their favorite sports; hockey for Walter and Soccer and Basketball for Chandler. He also loved being an uncle and teasing and supporting his many nieces and nephews. David was knowledgeable in many areas and was the person you could call and ask how things worked. He was a true engineer. He loved to talk and to share what he had learned and he never stopped learning. His hobbies included cars, camping, and playing bridge. He loved to travel, especially to National Parks. He enjoyed all sorts of card and board games and having projects and making things – sports blankets, shelves, cooking food, as well as home improvement projects. We will miss his ability to fix things. He will be remembered for his love and care for others. He was the kind of man who would take the time to stop and help others. He took great care of his Mom after his Dad passed away. He was also very close to his father sharing his love of electrical engineering, playing bridge and traveling. He valued people above things. David loved the Lord and his family looks forward to being reunited with him in heaven. He was a charter member of both Triumphant Love Lutheran Church and Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

David was preceded in death by his father, Richard Spilo. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Hilary, his son Walter and daughter Chandler. He is also survived by his mother, Joyce, of Austin, TX; sister Linda Tarby, her husband John, of Sunnvale, CA; sister Sonia Chase, her husband Joseph and their two children Becky and Eric of Plano, TX; in-laws, William and Frances Albert of Hutto, TX; sister-in-law Sheryl Standiford, her husband Blaine and their four children Logan, Jacob, Linzi, and Grace, of Lago Vista, TX; and sister-in-law Barbara Utley, her husband Wesley and their two children Payne and Adaline, of Levelland, TX.

Services will be held on Tuesday, August 20th at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church. Flowers can be sent to Triumphant Love Lutheran at 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, TX 78759. Donations can be made in his name either to the TLLC Endowment fund at the above address or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund at to support diabetes research. Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o’clock until eight o’clock in the evening, on Monday the 19th of August 2013, at Cook-Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas. A memorial service will be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Tuesday, the 20th of August 2013, at Triumphant Love Lutheran Church, 9508 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas 78759.

Donations can be made in his name either to the TLLC Endowment fund at the above address or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund at to support diabetes research.

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  • Visitation Monday, August 19, 2013
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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August 28, 2013

Hilary, Walter and Chandler,
I'm sorry that I learned of your loss so late.....I am thinking of you wth warmest thoughts....
Huddie Murray

Stormi Brown

August 26, 2013

Hilary, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your children and you entire family.

Prashant Kenkare

August 22, 2013

I was very saddened to hear about David. He and I worked together for many years. I will always remember David as the ultimate Aggie engineer who loved solving problems. He was generous in sharing his expertise and teaching others. As you navigate this difficult time, I hope you will find solace in all the fond memories.

Garry & Janey Armstrong

August 20, 2013

Hilary, Chandler, and Walter
We are deeply sorry for your loss. We were blessed to have met David and share many fond memories of him from all your family reunions. May the peace of the Lord be with you during this difficult time.

Troy Cooper

August 20, 2013

David was my friend and coworker for many years. He was also a fairly regular member of a lunch group in the site cafeteria that was one of the noisiest generally with a lot of laughter. David once told us a story of a cow that went over a 10 foot fence to be reunited with its calf. Naturally we were not buying that a stubby legged heavy bovine could make a leap that would challenge a gazelle and gave him much grief. But since we were engineers we then spent the next 10 minutes devising ways the cow could have gotten over the fence. Dave then volunteered that after much bumping and butting of the fence a section had fallen over! The fence was horizontal when the cow crossed but Dave was quick to point out the cow did go over a 10 foot fence to get to her calf. This story reminds me of Dave's impish nature but it also reminds that sometimes we will be separated from those we love by what appears to be barriers that can't be crossed. But with time all fences, all walls, and all barriers will fall and we will be reunited with those we love - Troy Cooper

Mary Ellen and Les Burns

August 20, 2013

Our prayers go out to all members of David's family. May they feel God's strength and comfort.

Sherrie Shaver

August 19, 2013

Hilary, Walter, and Chandler: Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May your sweet memories comfort you in the difficult days ahead.

Linda Lane

August 19, 2013

Our sincere sympathy is with you, Chandler, and Walter. May God bless you and give you strength during this difficult time. Linda and Bob Lane

Mary & Vincent Richter

August 19, 2013

We are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. We pray that God's grace will comfort you and help you through this difficult time. Mary & Vincent Richter (Friends of William & Frances Albert)

August 19, 2013

Hilary, Walter and Chandler: We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you now and the days ahead. John & Fredye Utley Paducah, Tx.