Guest Book for Jonathan Glenn Spilker

Provided by Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop

Posted by: Ruth Fenton
Sat December 01, 2018
My family met Jon in 1972 when my husband took a job a BMCC and Jon was in charge of the crime lab housed at the college.  We had a number of family outings and Jon and my husband shared stories while at work.  Jon was a unique and stellar person.
 

 
Posted by: Terry Schuening
Wed December 05, 2018
Jon will certainly be missed by sooo many. Dave and I have known Jon and Patti for all 33 years they were married and then some. He was (is) such a beautiful person, great friend! We will miss you Jon❤️❤️
 

 
Posted by: John Taylor
Wed December 05, 2018
Jon has been an important part of my life as long as we have been friends: professionally when I was a Probation officer, and for over 33 years in Lions. We worked many Lions projects together like selling seat cushions band burgers at Round-Up, food drives, White Cane Day promotions, and much more. We started the Lions tradition of B&S, or Breakfast and Shoot, with frankly quite a bit of BS thrown in too! Humanitarian, dear friend, teacher-scientist, and a real Gentleman,  Jon was many things to many people. Jon will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him. Patti, Beverly and Jeanie, you have my most heartfelt sympathy.
 

 
Posted by: Karen Hill
Wed December 05, 2018
I remember Jon's involvement at BMCC after his retirement from service at the State Police crime lab.  He worked behind the scene to make things happen - like running the kitchen for the BMCC Christmas Dinner, working on Lion's projects, and preparing field experiences for his students.  Soft spoken.  Big heart.
Karen Hill
 

 
Posted by: ROGER MORRIS,
Thu December 06, 2018
I worked with John on many criminal cases through 18 years when I was a detective with the state police. He was great at his job, and good to work with. We will all miss him.
 

 
Posted by: Stan Prowant
Thu December 06, 2018
I am so sorry to hear that Jon has passed away.  He and I used to share a lab at BMCC and after I retired and became part-time, we also shared an office.  Jon was great to work with – he always had such a great sense of humor.  I still remember the full-sized manikin Jon stored in the stock room.  Even though I knew he was there, I still jumped every time I opened the door.  Jon thought it was funny.  My sympathy goes out to his family.  He will be sorely missed.
 

 
Posted by: LeRon Howland
Thu December 06, 2018
I’m so sorry to learn of Jon’s passing. We served together for many years, especially in Pendleton where he earned the respect of the law enforcement community and courts. I’ll always remember the blue icing cake that he baked for us that contained some chemical that later turned your urine blue scarring you to death. I wil miss Jon and trust memories will ease his family’s grief. Thanks Jon for your friendship and your exemplary service.
 

 
Posted by: LAWRENCE BEHRENZ
Fri December 07, 2018
My first duty station was Hermiston, Ore. I joined the Oregon State Police in 1972 and spent 5 years in Hermiston. I always liked Jon. He always had time to answer questions and take a few minutes just to say hello. I also learned a lot from him regarding doing my job better for him to work his magic.
He is missed.
 

 
Posted by: John Gaukroger
Fri December 07, 2018
I had many contacts with John over the years at OSP and at BMCC. I don't think I ever met a person with a more positive outlook on life. He was always a pleasure to be around.
 

 
Posted by: Cheryl Montgmery
Sun December 09, 2018
Jon was an absolute example of selfless community service.  I had met Jon through Lions Club probably over 20 years ago.   He was in charge and involved in many projects which he kept close to his heart.   He always had a crime story to tell from his days with his police and crime lab work and had such a great sense of humor when telling them.  I also had taken Jon's class up at BMCC and he made it really fun!  Thank you Jon!  You will be missed!
 

 
Posted by: Steve Taormina
Mon December 10, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of Jon's passing. I didn't know Jon as well as many others but what I knew I greatly appreciated and respected. I worked with Jon briefly on occasion when I was at the Ontario Lab. I always remember his "Ghost Detection" device. Jon had a great sense of humor. A very soft spoken and great guy to have known. My condolences to Patti and family.
 

 
Posted by: Jerry Ruffin
Fri December 14, 2018
I am a friend of Jon’s but I have only known him for the last few years. I met him at a meeting of forensic scientists in Portland.  Although I haven’t known him for a long time as many as his friends have, we found that we had many things in common and began to regularly correspond.  I feel I learned a lot about Jon in a short time because he enjoyed people and he enjoyed talking.  This is what I learned about Jon.  
Jon was a forensic chemist by profession and in his later years taught forensic science in college. He explained to me some of the innovative and fun techniques he used in his classes. (Who else would bury a skeleton?) He was very active in the Pendleton Lion’s Club and acted as the Sight and Hearing Chairman.  Each year, he raised thousands of dollars by selling seat cushions at the Pendleton Roundup.  He solicited advertisements for the cushions, ordered them, sold them and took care of all of the accompanying paperwork.  He also regularly attended board meetings and participated in other Lion’s fundraising activities.  Jon also served the local community college where he taught for many years by supervising student volunteers, who prepared holiday meals for the community.
On the personal side, Jon was a devoted husband, father and brother.  Jon adored his wife and he was constantly concerned about her wellbeing.  He was exceptionally proud of his two daughters and granddaughter, and looked forward to their visits.  He shared with me how close he felt to his sister.  He was also kind to animals; he was feeding a feral cat that roamed near his home.  
A song that I like says “time is full of changes” and Jon is no longer with us but the song also says “don’t forget” and Jon will not be forgotten.  I know that I will not forget him.  My heartfelt condolences go out to Patti, Jeannie, Beverly, Tonya and Jean and also to all of Jon’s many friends.  If there is a heaven, I am sure that Jon is there!  May you rest in peace, Jonathan.
 

 
Posted by: Ralph Smith (OSP)
Thu January 10, 2019
I am sorry to learn of John passing away at such a young age. The same as mine. I worked at Milton-Freewater during the 80-90's and had great admiration for John. I would very often bring him criminal case evidence for processing. He would always take me seriously and thus I made a lot of criminal cases convictions because of the work John had done on my cases. OSP greatest asset is it's men and John was the BEST. ros