Obituaries: Reverend Doctor Philip Sidney ‘Sid’ Spain

Reverend Doctor Philip Sidney ‘Sid’ Spain
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March 11, 1946 – June 18, 2022

Sid was born in Kosciusko, MS to Verna Lois Jones Spain and David Sidney Spain. His father was a warrant officer in the Army Air Corp/Air Force, which led to Sid, his brother Jim and his sister Pam growing up in the United States and Germany. Sid was lucky enough to attend high school in Wiesbaden, Germany at the Air Base. Here he made many lifelong friends with whom he remained in close contact. Sid and his wife Robyn cherished this reunion.
After graduating, he attended Southern Methodist University and majored in English. In his senior year, Sid served as student body president and thought politics was his future. In 1968, he graduated from college and attended law school at SMU for about 2 weeks. He realized he wanted fun, not a law degree. Sid and two of his buddies left town and headed to Aspen, Colorado. He lived in nearby Basalt and worked in Snowmass. During this period there was a draft – Vietnam. The Air Force ROTC, which Sid attended while in college, discovered he was in Colorado and gave him an option: Join the Air Force as an officer NOW! It was during the next four years in the Air Force that Sid found God.
After doing his military service, he returned to SMU and entered Perkins Seminary. He was ordained an elder of the United Methodist Conference in Texas. Then, a few years later, Sid decided he needed more adventure and joined the Navy as a chaplain. While in the Navy he was stationed on the West and East Coast as well as in Scotland, Naples, Bahrain, Naval Air Station Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. Diego Garcia is where Sid met his wonderful wife, Robyn Barnes Spain, who was an aviation maintenance manager. They fell madly in love and married in November 1996. Both moved to San Diego. In January 1999 they had a beautiful son, Dennis ‘Denny’.
Both Sid and Robyn have completed their Navy careers and retired. They moved to Colorado to help take care of Robyn’s parents. Sid has been offered a temporary position as senior pastor at Eagle Valley United Methodist Church. This temporary position lasted 13 years. Sid loved working in this little church in Eagle. Both Bishop of Denver and Bishop of Texas, his friend Mike tried to persuade him to take on a large church, but Sid knew he was where God wanted him to be. It was important to Sid that Denny grew up in Eagle, where people look out for each other.
Sid has served the Eagle community in many ways, including serving on the United Way Board of Directors and as part of Eagle Rotary. At Eagle Valley United Methodist Church, he created the Simple Supper, where everyone is welcome, regardless of creed or background. This community dinner has been served every Monday night since 2008. The people of the Valley knew that if anyone needed housing or gas money, they should be sent to Sid at UMC. Sid had an incredible gift for homilies and greatly contributed to the spiritual development of many lives inside and outside the church. He was loved by the children in the congregation and the kindergarten who had been part of the church for many years.
After Sid retired from the church in July 2020, his family decided to stay at Eagle. Sid, who never smoked, was diagnosed with lung cancer. He received excellent care from Valley View Callaway Cancer Center for 2 1/2 years. Sid is survived by his wife Robyn; son Denis; brother Jim; sister Pam; Aunt Bonnie; daughters Jessica, Melissa and Abigail; and grandchildren Drew, Mary Bess, James and Joseph.
A memorial service for Sid will be held at Eagle Valley United Methodist Church on July 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. with lunch to follow. Everyone is welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to worldwide ministries of The United Methodist Church. 100% of donations go to missionary projects and ministry: https://umcmission.org/give.

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