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David Lee Spitnale, 82, of Midland, passed away at home, surrounded by family, on November 22, 2020. He was born at home during a snow storm on March 1, 1938 to the late John and Sarah (Smith) Spitnale. On December 29, 1961 he married Carlene Cook and they shared 58 wonderful years together.


David graduated from Midland High School in 1957. While there he played football and ran track. After school he entered the Army becoming a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He was discharged in 1960 but was called back to train troops for Viet Nam and was again honorably discharged in August of 1961. He attended IBM School in Detroit and graduated in November 1961. He purchased a Clark gas station on S. Saginaw Road, worked at AC Spark Plug in Flint, Mi and worked at Dow Chemical for 30 years in many departments such as Head Operator, Maintenance, Service Station and Road Maintenance. After retiring he worked part time at Currie Golf Course. David enjoyed deer hunting, fishing walking, biking, cross country skiing, roller blading and cherishing his yard and flowers.


David is survived by his wife, Carlene, children, Scott David (Laura) Spitnale, Terri Lynn (Alan) Carey, grandchildren, Tarren (Andrew) Grego, Kara (Mike) Gregg, Dennis Spitnale, Natascha Stull, Niklas Spitnale, Katisha Spitnale, Grant Taylor, great grandchildren, Savanna Grego, Logan Grego, Avery Gregg, Mason Stull and Conner Stull. He is also survived by his siblings, Ellen Kay Keyes, Ronald (Wilma) Spitnale, sister-in-law, Barbara Spitnale, nieces and nephews, Mark Spitnale, Mona King, Brian Keyes, Trina Oskvarek, Vicki Piechocki, Chris Spitnale and Chad Spitnale.


David was predeceased by his twin brother, Donald Spitnale, sisters-in-law and brothers-in -law, Cheryl and William Pribas, Deanna and James Eaton and David Keyes.


Cremation has taken place and a small private memorial service will take place at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Cancer Services of Midland, Alzheimer’s Association or Chippewa Nature Center.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Spitnale family, to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.


Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free; I’m following the path of God laid for me. I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned my back and left it all. If my parting has left a void; then fill it with remembered joy. My life’s been full, I savored much; good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Life up your hearts and share with me, God wanted me now, He set me free.

Condolence Messages

  1. Jim Huber

    22 February 2021 5 months ago

    Carlene – I just saw this news. Terri and I send our sincere empathy. Jim Huber

  2. Roger and Carolie Stickley

    29 November 2020 8 months ago

    Roger and I are so sorry for your loss. Dave was always ready with a hug and a good word for his friends and family. He will certainly be missed.

  3. Anthony Martini

    28 November 2020 8 months ago

    Scott, Our thoughts are with you and your family during this season. I appreciate everything that you have done for us in the past 4 years of working at CISA, and think of you as a part of my work family. Please be well and we are looking forward to your return and hearing from you soon.

  4. Gary and Nila Enders

    26 November 2020 8 months ago

    Carlene, Gary and I want to convey our heartfelt condolences to you, Terry and Scott at Dave’s passing. Even though we know he is in a better place, his presence here will be missed. Please take care of yourself Carlene, you and Dave were a great team and his absence will be deeply felt by you.✝️

  5. Patti

    26 November 2020 8 months ago

    Tarran Kara, Teri,and Carlene so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing.. He was a wonderful man and he loved his family so much. Tarran and Kara, know that I’m here for you always love you girls so much.

  6. Nick Arroyo & Family

    25 November 2020 8 months ago


    So sorry for your loss. My family and I send our condolences. Stay strong!

  7. Sue Beebe

    25 November 2020 8 months ago

    Alway enjoyed seeing Dave, he was never without a big smile. May you find comfort in the many memories you have. Cousin Sue

  8. Gloria Schondelmayer

    25 November 2020 8 months ago

    Carlene, May God comfort you and give you peace. I’m so very sorry; Dave loved you with all his being. Take care my friend.


  9. Gary and Sharon Roberson

    25 November 2020 8 months ago

    We will miss chatting with cousin Dave across our lawns Since we have been neighbors for 14 years. There was always a debate on who had the best lawn. He was such a fun character with many stories to tell. May he Rest In Peace.

  10. Brenna Mauro

    25 November 2020 8 months ago

    Getting to know Dave over the last few years was a blessing, from watching his love for his wife, him, Scott and Grant enjoying summer cornhole games, his love and tender affection for all dogs, and hearing his stories shared over a glass of whiskey—we will miss you. May your peaceful rest include the summer sun warming your skin and with games of catch with your son, and many fruitful hunts.

  11. Jonathan Keyes

    24 November 2020 8 months ago

    I pray that your family will experience the Love, comfort and peace of our Lord.

  12. Terry and Barb Brown

    24 November 2020 8 months ago

    Carlene, we are so sorry for your loss. Terry and Barb Brown

  13. Mike Spitnale

    24 November 2020 8 months ago

    Had some good memories with this cousin and his brothers. Whether it was bow hunting in Grayling or plowing snow with them in dow chemical. Always well liked and fun to be around. RIP Davie. Mike Spitnale

  14. Nora

    24 November 2020 8 months ago

    I’m very sorry to hear about the passing of your Husband.
    May you find comfort from family & friends..

  15. DJ Fisher

    24 November 2020 8 months ago

    Scott and family,
    Our condolences and prayers for you all in this difficult time.
    The Fisher family (DJ)

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