First Regular Session

Sixty-second General Assembly

LLS NO. M99­0941.01 Jason Gelender





WHEREAS, By the Will of Divine Providence, our beloved former member, the Honorable August J. "Mick" Spano, departed this life March 28, 1999, at the age of seventy­seven; and

WHEREAS, Representative Spano was born August 4, 1921, in Denver, Colorado; and

WHEREAS, In 1942, Representative Spano earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he was a member of the Sigma Tau honorary engineering society; and

WHEREAS, After undergoing intensive radar training at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Representative Spano served his country as a Lieutenant, Senior Grade, in the United States Navy; and

WHEREAS, Representative Spano received two Pacific medals for his naval service in the Pacific Theater during World War II; and

WHEREAS, Representative Spano worked for the United States Bureau of Standards and as a field engineer for Hewlett Packard and managed real estate and investments; and

WHEREAS, Representative Spano was a member of the American Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, and the Elks; and

WHEREAS, Representative Spano served well and faithfully in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1973 to 1982 and on the Board of the Regional Transportation District from 1984 to 1986; and

WHEREAS, Representative Spano served on the Health, Environment, Welfare, and Institutions Committee, and also served as chair of the State Affairs Committee, vice­chair of the Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee, and vice­chair of an interim education committee; and

WHEREAS, Representative Spano sponsored and cosponsored legislation on topics such as the severance tax, air pollution, water conservation, control of predatory animals, education, disabled children and adults, and motor vehicles; and

WHEREAS, It is fitting that we, the members of the House of Representatives of the Sixty­second General Assembly, pay tribute to the years of dedicated public service of Representative Spano and express our deep regret and sorrow occasioned by his death; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty­second General Assembly of the State of Colorado:

That, in the death of August J. "Mick" Spano, the people of the State of Colorado have lost an outstanding citizen and public servant and that we, the members of the House of Representatives of the Sixty­second General Assembly, do hereby extend our deep and heartfelt sympathy to the members of his family and pay tribute to a man who served his state well and faithfully.

Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Memorial be sent to Representative Spano's wife, Marguerite Spano, and his four sons, August Spano, Jr., Art Spano, Chris Spano, and Andy Spano.