Jonathan Spilker


Jonathan Glenn Spilker


June 5, 1948-November 26, 2018

On November 26 Jonathan “Jon” Spilker passed peacefully at his home in Pendleton. He was 70 years old.

Jon was born in La Grande on June 5, 1948. His parents were Glenn Spilker and La Fern Kilborn Hardy. Jon met his wife Patti in 1983. They were married 33 years.

Jon completed a college degree in chemistry and began work for Oregon State Police in 1972. He worked for the state police for his entire career and retired as the crime lab director in 1998. Jon also taught forensic science classes at BMCC for 34 years.

Jon was passionate about education and community service. He loved his students and volunteered with the Lions club for 33 years. He received the Pendleton Man of the Year award in 2011. Jon served as the “kitchen witch” running the Christmas Eve Dinner at BMCC for over 18 years. Jon also enjoyed the outdoors, camping, fishing and shooting and he loved to take trips with his family.

Jon is survived by his wife Patti; his sister Jeannie Hagenah; his two daughters, Jeanie and Beverly Spilker; and one granddaughter, Tonya Knowles. He was also very close to his three nieces.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Jon Spilker Emergency Scholarship Fund (BMCC, P.O. Box 100, Pendleton, OR 97801), or Pendleton Lions Club (P.O. Box 302, Pendleton, OR 97801).

A celebration of life is planned for June 2019

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