Roy H. Spitzer

June 1, 1948February 3, 2021

Roy H. Spitzer, age 72, passed away on February 3, 2021 at Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, CO of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He passed peacefully, surrounded by his wife and children.

Roy was born in Chicago, IL to Henry and Amanda (Bell) Spitzer on June 1, 1948. He was the fourth of five children and grew up in his mother’s hometown of Lostant, IL, a small farming community in LaSalle County. He graduated from the local high school in 1966. Roy graduated from the University of Illinois in 1971 with a BS degree in Geology, and went to work in Billings, MT, where he met Mike, his best friend of 50 years. He returned to the U of I and earned a MS degree in Engineering Geology in 1977. Roy thought he was lucky to have “the best job ever” as a consulting engineering geologist, working for several firms in Billings, Denver, and Longmont. He was always learning and gained many incredible friends, colleagues, and unique travel experiences along the way. He finished his successful 46-year career while with Deere & Ault Consultants in Longmont, retiring in December 2017.

Roy moved to the Longmont area in 1986 and began transforming a small farmhouse and pasture property in southwest Weld County into a family home. Roy and Debbie were married in 1991 and raised 3 great kids. Roy felt that being a father was one of the greatest blessings of his life, an adventure that brought him much joy. He was a very proud dad and was always on hand to cheer for his kids in their various endeavors through St. John the Baptist Church and School, Holy Family High School, and beyond.

Roy was known for his passion and enthusiasm for life, and was admired for his work ethic, determination, and kindness. He was very active and pursued many interests including rocks, music, horses, rodeo, sailing, hunting, fishing, and basketball (which he played until he was nearly 70). Roy cherished the legacy of his family’s lake house property in northwest WI and the time he spent there. Whether it was for the whole summer as a boy, a solo fishing trip, a family vacation, or a big family reunion – it was, for him, a very special place.

Roy was preceded in death by his parents. Roy is survived by his loving wife, Debbie, his daughters Holly and Maggie; his son Tom and wife Jennifer; his brother, Wayne (Wanda) Spitzer; his sisters, Sandra Huston, Karen (Chris) Upper, and Terry Ann Spitzer; numerous nieces and nephews; and his best friend Mike Janeczko.

A private Memorial Service was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

A Celebration of Life is planned for May 14, 2021. Please reach out to the family for more details.

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Irene Pastirik

April 29, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family. I also attended Lostant High School in Illinois and Roy’s sister Karen was a good friend. I remember the Spitzer’s being an amazing friendly family.

Martha (Risberg) Heisel

April 28, 2021

Dear Spitzer Family:

My heart is saddened by the loss of Roy. When my Dad sold Roy's parents their cabin in NW Wisconsin, it was the start of a lifelong friendship between our families. Our families had many fun times together in the Hayward, WI, area. My prayers are with Roy's immediate and extended family on your loss!

Martha (Risberg) Heisel

Michael Hattel

March 30, 2021

Debbie, Holly, Maggie & Tommy: I was saddened to hear about Roys' passing. Sorry for your loss. Roy was a special person that taught me a lot about geology and life. I will always fondly remember our debates regarding politics, sports and life. I know he was a great father and husband along with just being a great person. Love, the Hattel Family.

Sophie Traxinger

March 2, 2021

I was one of Roys exercise physiologists when he was in pulmonary rehab. He was a very strong-willed, compassionate, upbeat man. I will forever smile when I hear the song “don’t let the old man in.” He lit up every time he talked about the song, and mentioned it to all of the other patients that he crossed paths with. He will be extremely missed.

Brianne McAuliffe

February 18, 2021

I knew Roy through my work with pulmonary rehab at LUH. He was such a joy to be around and we always enjoyed talking about Montana together. I hope during this difficult time his family can find peace and comfort. He was such a wonderful man!

Brian and Andrea Mathwich

February 15, 2021

Brian and I wanted to express our sincere condolences to the Spitzer family. Roy was indeed a special man, and we have fond memories of him from our old St. John the Baptist school days. May God grant the Spitzer family peace and healing in the days to come.
Most sincerely,
Brian and Andrea Mathwich

Don Deere

February 15, 2021

We were very sad to hear of Roy's passing. He was a special man. He loved his family and his profession. He was a first class engineering geologist with an innate sense of intuition for solving geologic problems. When he figured a problem out he would often say "isn't science great!"
Roy was a great teacher and mentored young staff throughout his career including me. He also had a great knack at settling down troubled situations with clients or employees. He had the utmost integrity and honesty in everything he did.
Roy will be sorely missed and we send the Spitzer's our sincerest condolences. Don and Claudia Deere

Art and Madge Gaschler

February 14, 2021

Debbie and family So sorry for your loss well keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Was a shock when we read it in the paper. Wish I could give you a big hug. So sending this BIG HUG to you. Love Art and Madge

Patrick Cavanaugh

February 14, 2021

Dear Spitzer family,

I was sadden to hear of Roy's passing.He was my patient for a time and I delighted in his visits and our talks.We became good friends as he made that easy being so likeable and forthright.
Our paths crossed more recently as, at the LUH gym and rehab, we both began exercising to maintain health.He shared his diagnosis of IPF and we both knew the prognosis. He accepted God's path for him .Debbie was there on occassion but never a complaint from either of them.Blessings and heavenly reward are the benefit of his life well lived.Happy Trails Roy!

Gary Linden

February 13, 2021

I have many memories of Roy. Bonfires at the house, doubles tennis matches with Debbi and Keiko, RMC softball games, etc.. He was such a proud father. He had every reason to be proud of his kids. He welcomed me to Colorado and mentored me in my career. I am forever grateful to him. I tell people that I do things the Spitzer way. The Spitzer way has served me well. My sincerest condolences to Debbi and the kids.