Hillcrest Memorial Park and Mortuary

9101 Kern Canyon Road, Bakersfield, CA


John R Spooner

June 16, 1951November 25, 2019

JOHN ROBERT SPOONER June 16,1951 - November 25,2019

A Celebration of Life service will be held at The Summit at Canyon Hills - 7100 Auburn St., Bakersfield (across from Canyon Hills Assembly of God Church) for John Robert Spooner, age 68, who passed away peacefully November 25, 2019, after a long hospitalization for major head injuries due to a bicycle accident in August 2019.

John was born in Ridgecrest, California on June 16, 1951, to Robert A. Spooner and Margaret (Kasi) Spooner. He attended James M. Monroe Elementary School in Ridgecrest, Sherman E. Burroughs High School in China Lake, Bakersfield College, and California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), graduating in 1975 with a BA in Public Administration. While at CSUB, he met his future wife and love of his life, Melba Alipio. They were married May 8, 1976.

After graduating from college, he was employed as a field representative for the American Cancer Society and volunteered for a group called Couples Against Cancer. After a few years, he worked as a personnel analyst for the County of Kern. He left the County to became the personnel director at WITCO-Golden Bear Refinery. In 1984, he changed careers and became a general building contractor, building many homes in Bakersfield and in Ridgecrest. During this time, he volunteered and was on the board of Bakersfield Association of Retarded Citizens (BARC) and served as President. Due to health problems, he gave up his contracting business and learned computer skills. He became an expert in the then new field of occupational health and safety law and wrote a manual on OSHA compliance which was used as a text at Cuesta Community College in San Luis Obispo. He later used his IT skills to become a mortgage banker and lastly, a Vice President and IT director for a mortgage lending company.

While growing up, he enjoyed exploring the desert, riding his bicycle, and participating in school sports, particularly basketball. He continued playing basketball in high school and community college until his participation ended due to a knee injury. In his later years, he enjoyed body building, playing and restoring guitars, and bike riding. He felt “alive again” when riding his electric bike.

John was a loving, caring, and generous husband, father, and friend. He would go out of his way, with no hesitation, to help family members, friends, children (he sponsored several children in foreign countries until they became young adults), acquaintances, people he met on the street (stopping to give them money or buy them shoes and socks), and even various small animals and birds (feeding ferrel cats, rabbits, and crows while on his bike rides). He was fondly known as “Spoon”, “Big Spoon”, or “Spooner”. John was a kind person who encouraged others to do their best.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Melba; his sons, Jason and Jonathan; his sister, Sara Flowers; his brother, Andy Spooner; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Thank you to the staff at Olive View UCLA Medical Center for their compassionate care of John during his final days.


17 December

Celebration of Life

10:00 am

Canyon Hills First Assembly of God

The Summit

7100 Auburn Street
Bakersfield, California 93306

Directly across from Canyon Hills you will see The Summit coffee shop.
17 December

Reception to Follow

Florence Gardens Club House

6701 Auburn Street
Bakersfield, California 93306

Across the street.


John R Spooner

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Bob Hoagland

December 6, 2019

Big John - a stand-up fellow and a sincere pleasure to have known at BHS.

Randy Stedman

December 3, 2019

Spoon was one of my very favorite upper classmates when I was in high school. He was a senior when I was a freshman and we both played basketball. I admired his game, and he always had a kind word of encouragement and a smile for the young ones. Really enjoyed watching #52 and his teammates, Steve Quinton, Teddy Bachman, Darrell Scott, and Cary Dabbs. Those boys put some points on the board! My condolences to the family for their loss of an exceptional man.