Mr. William J. Spanos, Jr.
  • WJS Worthy Student Fund
  • Oceanside Seventh Day Adventist Academy
    1943 California St.
    Oceanside, CA 92054
  • William J. Spanos, Jr., M.D. FACR Memorial Fund
  • University of Louiville Foundation
    215 Central Ave. Suite 300
    Louisville, KY 40208

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“StevePrayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. I always thought of your dad as a gentle giant. He was such a caring man...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Brittany

“To our precious friends, the Spanos family. It is with sad hearts that Jim and I heard of Bill's passing today. How well we remember our days...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: James and Judy Thurmond - TN

“It is with a heavy heart that I send my sincerest condolences to Marian and the family. I find it too stunning and diffecult to find wods enough to...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Cher Haile - Marietta, GA

“Dr Spanos was a dedicated physician and kind person. He respected his patients and cared for them very well.I joined Taylor Regional Hospital to take...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Zewdu Lissanu,M.D. - Somerset, KY

“It is interesting that Bill's obituary only has five lines devoted to his medical career. As important and distinguished were his professional...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Richard W. Wilson - Louisville, KY

“Dear Marian. Your family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again! ...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Lee Day - Middleburg Hts., OH

“Bill was such a good friend and mentor. We remember the good camping trips, the walks in the woods, the church outings. All of our memories of the...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Melvin@Martina Kirkwood - KY

“Dear Marian: It is quite hard for us to write something about Bill. We are so moved and shocked after we learned about his passing away. Please...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Dr and Mrs Mario R Baeza

“it is indeed sad to learn about the passing away of Bill an excellent friend. He will be always remembered in my country where he visited us many...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Mario R Baeza - Santiago, Chile

“Dr Spanos will be missed more than any words can express. He was my teacher and mentor, and I learned so much during my time with him at University...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Christopher H. Pope - Little Rock, AR

“Dr. Spanos was my doctor in 1993 when I had breast cancer. He was the most wonderful kind caring doctor I had throughout the whole time I was being...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Jean Jakab - Georgetown, IN

“All our Love and Prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Jon & Darlene Spanos - AMARILLO, TX

“Condolences to the family of Dr Spanos from Floyd Memorial Hospital Cancer Center. Most of us worked with Dr Spanos for many years and appreciated...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Rayna Withers - New Albany, IN

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14 of 15 | Posted by: Dr.Alexander T Thomas - TX

15 of 15 | Posted by: the jose family - louisville, KY

William Joseph Spanos, Jr.
Dates: June 25, 1946 to September 16, 2013
We mourn the loss and celebrate the life of Bill Spanos, Jr., loving husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather. Bill passed after a valiant struggle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Temple, Texas, Bill moved to Redlands, California with his parents Bill and Charlene Spanos and sister, Susan in 1960. He graduated from Redlands High School and subsequently UC Riverside. During college, he met the love of his life, Marian Brown to whom he was married for 44 years. Medical school at Loma Linda University was followed by residency in Radiation Oncology at MD Anderson in Houston, TX. He was on faculty at MD Anderson for four years, Loma Linda University for four years, followed by a long distinguished career at University of Louisville. He became Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Louisville and remained in this role for 13 years. In 2012 Bill joined the faculty at University of California at San Diego.
Bill and Marian lived in Louisville, Kentucky for 27 years until they moved to the San Diego area in 2012. Bill was a vital member of his community and served his local church with a loving heart, as an elder and teacher in Bible classes. His home was always a gathering place for entertainment and friendship. Bill was a consummate teacher and mentor. He loved instructing residents and medical students. He had an inquisitive mind and never stopped learning. Bill considered it his privilege to care for others and was their faithful advocate. He believed that each patient was "one of one".
Bill had great wisdom, knowledge, kindness, and a sly sense of humor. He was also a gifted listener with insightful response. He was devoted to his family and will be dearly missed!
He leaves behind his loving family: wife, Marian; children, W.Chad(Dana), Stephen(Stephanie); grandchildren, Anna, Alex, Marin, and Corinne; sister, Susan Holcombe(John, John Jr., Lisa and Matt Abbot); uncle, Robert McNiel(Karen and Lawrence). Also included as family are Rob Brown(Ashley and Derick), Suzanne and Kurt Byward(Luke, Kellie, Sydney, Matt, and Cynthia). A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92121.

In lieu of flowers:
ADRA ( ( in memory of W.J.Spanos)
Oceanside Adventist Elementary (W.J.Spanos Education Fund ), 1943 California Street, Oceanside, CA. 92054,
Middletown Seventh Day Adventist Church(W.J.Spanos Education Fund), 125 North Watterson Trail, Louisville, KY 40243, and expressions of sympathy can also be made to Louisville Foundation in support of the William J. Spanos Jr. M.D. FACR Memorial Fund, University of Louisville Foundation, 215 Central Avenue, Suite 300, Louisville, KY 40208