Earl V. Spino

Born: Mon., May 15, 1978
Died: Sat., Feb. 6, 2010

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Earl V. Spino "Niktaway" - also known to many as "Man" a resident of Pendleton, OR died on Saturday, February 6th, 2010 at OHSU Hospital in Portland, OR as the result of injuries sustained in an accident. He was 31 years old. He was an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation, and was a member of the Washat Indian Religion. A Dressing Ceremony will be conducted on Tuesday, February 9, at 2:00 PM at the Agency Longhouse in Mission, Oregon, followed by a Washat Service at 7:00 PM. Sunrise Washat Services will begin at 7:00 AM on Wednesday, February 10, followed by burial at the Old Agency Cemetery, Spino Edition. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the register at www.burnsmortuary.com Earl was the son of Lawrence "Azar" Spino of Warm Springs, Oregon and Nadine Miller Ike of White Swan, Washington. He was born on May 15, 1978 in Toppenish, Washington, and later moved to the Umatilla Indian Reservation in 1980. He attended Cay-Uma-Wa Preschool and Washington Elementary School in Pendleton, Oregon. He moved to Warm Springs, Oregon where he attended Junior and Senior High School at Madras, Oregon. He later graduated from Wapato PACE in Wapato, Washington. He worked for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Facilities Maintenance Department, and then as a Natural Resources Technician for the CTUIR Natural Resource Department, where he was employed at the time of his death. He enjoyed Rodeo and was an avid Wildhorse Racer. Earl participated at rodeos throughout the Northwest. In the rodeo arena he looked forward to the rush of competing with and against that brotherhood of Wildhorse Racers. His only true desire was to race at the Pendleton Round-Up. He was looking forward to participating in the 100th year Pendleton Round-Up Wildhorse Race. He enjoyed playing pool, and was a member of the "Get Cha Sum" Pool Team. He enjoyed hunting, and was a deadly hunter who looked forward to spending a week at the "Spino Elk Camp" with his "Band of Brothers": his father, uncles, brothers, cousins and friends. He was a traditional tribal fisherman, fishing on the Columbia River and its tributaries. In his younger days he was an accomplished tribal fancy dancer and won numerous awards throughout the Pacific Northwest. He was the grandson of Lillian Spino and the late Lewis Spino of Pendleton, OR, and the late Tony and Hazel Miller of Wapato, WA. He is survived by his parents; Azar and Angie Spino of Warm Springs, OR, and Nadine and Barney Ike of White Swan, WA, his brothers include; Tyrone Spino or Pendleton, OR, Michael Spino, Donnie Winishut Jr., Percy and Vernon Winishut all of the Yakama Indian Reservation, and Larry and Bryson Spino of Warm Springs, OR. He is also survived by one sister Camille Spino of Pendleton, OR. Earl was a proud uncle to numerous nieces and nephews on the Yakama, Umatilla and Warm Springs Reservations. He is also survived by numerous cousins, aunts and uncles throughout the northwest.

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   Posted Mon February 08, 2010
I can go on for a long time of memories with Earl.. Just where to start is the question.. He was a great friend to me. A great son to his Parents and a LOYAL brother. I had fun with both his Parents as well.. TOO MUCH FUN SOMETIMES!!. He always talked about Wild Horse Racing and When I would watch him it was INTENSE.. He had a true spirit that could not be broken. Unfortunatly in the last 10 months we lost contact.. But we both knew where we stood in each others lives.. : I know that he missed his Grandparents and Uncles.. So I vision him chasing those Wild Horses with his uncles who have passed on before him...

HinMa Tuut Kakykt
   Posted Tue February 09, 2010
I pray for my friend, Earl, who could make anyone laugh at anytime no matter the circumstances. I pray for all of his many friends and many family members that he touched in many ways. He was a great friend, I am sad I could not be there to see him off, but will be there in my heart as everyone sings and prays for him. YoX Kalote!

Brent Spencer
   Posted Tue February 09, 2010
His infectious smile and laugh always brought a grin to those who were within range. That's the impact that Earl had on each and every one of us. Those closest to Earl could probably retell his stories verbatim, yet he told them often and we laughed every time we heard them. Earl would share his little anecdotes and those who were involved in the story would laugh as if it happened yesterday. This was his strength, his art, his craft... .his ability to help us relive each moment. With Earl around, we didn't need video or snapshots. Earl was a living memoir, our connection to the past and our "facilitator of fun" yet to be had. I will miss this about him. Earl and I played a billion games of pool and he always seemed to help me solve life's little riddles over the pool table. He loved the game because he could tame it, yet it would turn around and rough him up. This subtle dance was just like his outlook on life. When he seemed troubled, he would tackle it and find a way to win. His inspiration reflected within all of his friends. His memory will live on because of his tremendous impact on each and every one of us..... We were fortunate to have him in our lives. I will miss you bro!

Don & Loui Paxton
   Posted Tue February 09, 2010
In MI nymoomah, To all my family and friends, we send our deepest sympathy, along with prayers and songs. We are deeply saddened to hear about our Elder Earl. His memory will be cherished and kept in our hearts as we go forward with the grieving and healing process. Take care, love, god bless to all. DON and LOUI

Kristen Parr
   Posted Tue February 09, 2010
My heart is aching for the loss of this wonderful man. My prayers go out to all the family.

Damon Billy
   Posted Tue February 09, 2010
I know you're in a better place bro! prolly catchin them wildhorse's right now! keep ridin brutha!

Bobi and Shelby Tallman
   Posted Tue February 09, 2010
I will always remember his smile. Our family send it's condolences.

Bobi and Shelby Tallman
   Posted Tue February 09, 2010
I will always remember his smile. Our family sends it's condolences.

Adrienne "Toeyex" Farrow
   Posted Tue February 09, 2010
Although I didn't know Earl as most of you did, the few times I'd seen him, he always had a smile that would light up the room. I looked at some pictures on Facebook of him and he always seemed happy. He will be missed by his family and his friends and for them I offer my condolences. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. Please take comfort in knowing he is at peace and like many have said, he is chasing those wild horses and loving every minute of it.

Matthew S Farrow Jr. & Family
   Posted Wed February 10, 2010
We'll never forget him. Much Love and prayers....

Gayle M. Marshall
   Posted Wed February 10, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of great loss to your family. I didn't know Earl personaly but Loui and Don are two of my dearest friends. I know how much their family means to them and what it means to me. I know Earl is with his grandfater and uncle now and they are all greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with all of you. I am truly sorry for your loss. With many blessings Gayle Mizheekay Ikway Turtle Woman Marshall

Gary Chamberlin
   Posted Wed February 10, 2010
To Earl's family and to his many friends: I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences. May peace soon be with you.

Dennis Worden
   Posted Thu February 11, 2010
We lost a good person, too soon.

Vernon & LaDonna Squiemphen
   Posted Sat February 13, 2010
Earl was a great fren, since we moved here he stopped to check on us where ever he seen us. Making sure we were alright. When he first turned 14 he came to work in WS and worked with myself/lraye and Natalie. He has been a loyal fren since then. Since being around WHR all the time we got to spend more time with him, always friendly. Great teachings by his families. Thanks for sharing him with all of us his frens. Our prayer are with all of you, reaching out to Azar if you need aything, ask. if you cant ask, tell us... love always

Cynthia Bean
   Posted Sun February 14, 2010
First I would like to give my condolences to the family.. when I heard bout what had happen.. it shocked me.. still in shock.. even tho Earl and I didn't talk as much but when we did.. he always made me smile..and seeing all the comments and that for him.. shows how truly he was a good friend.. and loved by many... he will truly be missed..but never forgotten..he will always have a place in my heart..

The Azules Dean, Luella, Brian, Melinda, Alyssa
   Posted Tue February 16, 2010
I don't even know where to begin...AND I can't even believe he is gone from us. It was apparent to the family he was loved and touched MANY lives in his short life. The Mission longhouse was full when he was dressed for viewing and his final journey. Later, the washat dancers filled the floor to help him continue his journey. Many family, friends, relatives and co-workers attended the gravesite services also so much so that many had to park on the main road and walk to the cemetery. Thank you so much for your words of support, encouragement, funny stories, prayers, songs, dances. They will help us get through the rough months ahead.

jeremiah farrow
   Posted Mon March 01, 2010
Still sad about the loss of this good man. Our prayers are with his family and friends. Can still hear his laugh and see that smile. Wish i could have seen him more before he left, but that is the way life is sometimes, never take anything or anyone for granted. Keep in contact with those you love, life is short. I'll always remember the good times we had with all the bro's and family, the 'blue house' and whirlwind drive. Love you much bro, will never forget. Frog, donna and baby dresden

   Posted Tue March 09, 2010
I thought the Pain would have eased by now. Often the Healing is more painful the the Loss itself.. I had a dream of Earl this morning. T'was so real, I could feel the Vibration of theroad underneath us as were were driving. I could smell the fresh air. Only i couldnt feel the Hug he was giving me. :.. I MISS YOU EARL!! you were taken to soon.. but you inspire me still to this day and the Days ahead. Atowishumush!!

Elizabeth Wilson
   Posted Mon April 26, 2010
Atowishumush to my loved uncle. I love u so much!! U left to soon!! Uncle I looked up to u all the time I always will to. We all loved u and no matter wat people say or will say we all love u with all our hearts.!!!

Elizabeth Wilson
   Posted Fri April 30, 2010
Atowishumush to my loved uncle. I love u so much!! U left to soon!! Uncle I looked up to u all the time I always will to. We all loved u and no matter wat people say or will say we all love u with all our hearts.!!!

Micheal L Minthorn
   Posted Fri May 14, 2010
Sincerest condolences to the family of Earl...

   Posted Wed June 16, 2010
I loved Man with all my heart. He meant the world to me and my girls. He was my best friend, my other half. We shared a lot of the same interests, music, sense of humor, everything. The only time we were apart was when we went to work. Laughter filled our home all the time. He was so much fun. It's hard living day to day without him. Not all of you knew, but he had plans for a son and a wedding. He had a baby name already picked out. He shared all his thoughts, memories, stories, love, laughter, tears with me. I lost the one. He never called me by my name, he just called me "babe". He didn't hide his affection for me, he'd kiss me at any random moment. A lot of the pictures I have of him, he has smeared lipstick on his lips. He had a huge heart that went with his big smile. I have many dreams of him now. I know he's watching over me and my girls, my family. Even though he is gone, I know he'll wait for me. I'll be with him again one day and we'll pick up right where we left off.

   Posted Tue August 03, 2010
I finally stopped Blaming others for you leaving us.. I know thank God for time he gave you to us.. A blessing like no other was Having you in our lives.

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