Obituary: Leslie G. Spino

Leslie Spino

PENDLETON — Leslie G. Spino, 53, of Pendleton died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at his home. A native dressing ceremony was conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4 in the Agency Longhouse in Mission. A Washat service followed the dressing at 7 p.m. Sunrise burial was conducted at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5 in the Spino section of the Old Agency Cemetery in Mission.

Mr. Spino was born Dec. 21, 1956, in Pendleton to Lewis and Lillian (Shock) Spino. He attended grade schools in Adams, and later graduated from Pendleton High School. After high school he attended Blue Mountain Community College and South West Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, N.M. 

He worked as a librarian and archivist for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in the Department of Science. He also worked as a mechanic for Smith Frozen Foods and Simplot Foods. He later moved to the Warm Springs area, where he worked as supervisor and surveyor for the Warm Springs Tribal Road Department. He retired due to bad health. 

He was an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation. 

Mr. Spino is survived by his mother, Lillian Spino of Pendleton; children Sam Spino and Henry Spino, both of Pendleton; brothers Lawrence “Azar” Spino of Warm Springs and Lester Spino of Pendleton; sisters Luella Spino Azule of Salem, Louise Spino Paxton of Albany, and Laura Spino Kordatzky, Leona Spino and Lenora “Cash” Spino, all of Pendleton. 

He was preceded in death by his father Lewis Spino; wife Madeline; and brother Lowell Spino.

Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the guestbook or send condolences online at   

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