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James Leslie Spencer

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James Leslie Spencer Jr, Les as he was known by his friends, passed away on January 29, 2022 in
Frisco, TX.

He was born in Houston, Texas on December 26, 1930 to Marguerite Louise Fischer
and James Leslie Spencer. He attended Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio, TX and Rice
University in Houston, TX where he graduated with a BA in Engineering in 1952 and a BS in
Mechanical Engineering in 1953. Les worked his entire 42-year career for Bell Helicopter
Textron in Hurst, Texas. He married Mary Jane “Marita” Fellbaum, the love of his life, on
January 22, 1955 and last year was able to celebrate their 66 th wedding anniversary together
before she passed away suddenly on January 26, 2021. While Les and Marita enjoyed living in
Arlington, TX for over 40 years, they loved living in Buena Vista, Colorado for 13 years. While in
Arlington, he and Marita were long-time members of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. At St.
Alban’s, Les was deeply involved in the Vestry, among other things, for many years. In Buena
Vista, they enjoyed being a part of Grace Church, where he was dedicated to taking on whatever
needed to be accomplished. He loved camping in the mountains with his family and traveling
through the years to places such as Mexico, Israel and Europe. He was preceded in death by his
wife of 66 years, Mary Jane “Marita” Fellbaum, and his brother-in-law, Ernest Spindle Fellbaum.
Les is survived by his daughters Susan and husband Andy Nichols, Mary Jane and husband Barry
Dyer, and son James Leslie Spencer III, grandchildren Rachel Milner and partner Aaron Fritch,
Dillon Nichols, Travis Dyer and wife Maggie, and Ashley Dyer, and great-grandchildren Amaliah
and Emerson Winter, and sister-in-law Carlyn MacMillan Fellbaum and a niece and two
nephews. The family thanks Parkview in Frisco for their loving care in his final years and Legacy
At Home Hospice Care in his final days. His Memorial Service will be private. Interment will
follow at Bishop Mason Mausoleum and Columbarium in Flower Mound, TX. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to: Grace Church, P.O. Box 1559, Buena Vista, CO 81211, or a charity of
your choice.

3 Thoughts on James Leslie Spencer
    The Atwood Family
    2 Feb 2022
    10:29am

    Please accept our deepest condolences. We are praying for strength and comfort for you and your family at this time.

    “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.”

    Jennifer Clark
    2 Feb 2022
    10:31am

    My heart goes out to everyone who is mourning the loss of our kind friend, Les. I am wishing you the strength and courage to heal through this difficult time.

    The Lange Family
    4 Apr 2022
    8:49am

    My wife and I purchased the Spencer home in Olmos Park (San Antonio) in 2008 and we kept in touch over the years. Absolutely the most wonderful and gracious couple – our son’s first bedroom was the room Mr. Spencer grew up in. To the entire Spencer and extended family – our sincere condolences.

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