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 Sam Patrick Spacek

Sam Patrick Spacek

Birth
Quitman, Wood County, Texas, USA
Death 29 Mar 2010 (aged 58)
Broken Arrow, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 67511425 · View Source
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Memorial Services for Sam Spacek have been scheduled for 11:00 AM, Friday, April 2, 2010 at Hayhurst Funeral Home Chapel in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Sam Patrick Spacek was born January 9, 1952 in Quitman, Texas the son of Sam C. and Maurine (Alexander) Spacek. Sam died Monday, March 29, 2010 at his home in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He was 58 years of age. Sam was a graduate of Quitman, Texas High School and received his Bachelors Degree in Art History from the University of Texas in Arlington. He married the former Miss Malissa Thompson on December 21, 1984 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sam owned Spacek International Antiques. He enjoyed golf, fishing and basketball. He attended First United Methodist Church. Sam is survived by his wife, Malissa Spacek, Broken Arrow, OK; sons, Josh and wife Crystal Spacek, Tulsa, OK,Micah Spacek, Seattle; Sam Spacek, Broken Arrow, OK; daughter, Melody Spacek, Norman, OK; grandson Josh; sister, Jan and husband Gary York, Williamsburg, VA; father and mother in law, Ellis and Mildred Thompson, South Fork, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dealer built his life around buying and selling antiques
His store marked its 32nd anniversary on Thursday

Sam Spacek sold a lot of antique French country furniture over the years, but some things about the man himself were equally timeless. His voice, deep and warm with an East Texas twang, was the perfect fit for his friendly smile and good nature, friends say. After 30 years of talking antiques with Tulsans, though, that voice was preparing to utter words no one had ever expected to hear. The antiques dealer, who opened Spacek's International Antiques in 1978, was planning to call it quits. "The antique business had not been going well for a few years; it's very cyclical," his wife, Malissa Spacek, said. "Sam was going to retire from it for a while." He was planning instead to manage his wife's new business, BA Medical Spa & Weight Loss Center. But the chances of Spacek bidding antiques a permanent goodbye weren't good. For Spacek — who still had the first antique he ever bought, a mahogany English sideboard — it was his life's work. "He really wanted to give it one more good run when the time was right," his wife said. Sam Patrick Spacek, whose store has occupied the same location since it opened, died Monday. He was 58. A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Friday at Hayhurst Funeral Home Chapel. Spacek's International Antiques, 8212 E. 41st St. in Tulsa, marked the 32nd anniversary of its opening Thursday. The store was home base for Spacek while he built his reputation as the area's top European antiques importer, although doing so required him to spend a lot of time away from it. To bring in the choice furniture for which he was known, Spacek traveled frequently. Before he crisscrossed France, England, the Netherlands and other countries, however, Spacek got his first taste of the business in his hometown of Quitman, Texas, where as a teenager he worked for an importer, his wife said. After obtaining an art-history degree, Spacek went to work for an oil company in Baytown, Texas. There, he opened a small antiques shop. After later running an antiques auction house, where his voice got a good workout, a three-month trip to Europe in 1977 set the stage for the next three decades. Securing several overseas suppliers, Spacek made plans to open his own international antiques store. "They pulled out a map, and one of his shippers pointed to Tulsa and said that it looked like it was at the center of things," Malissa Spacek said. "So that's where Sam came." Retired KOTV news anchorwoman Glenda Silvey hosted a call-in radio show with Spacek in the late 1970s and later a noon television news segment live from Spacek's store. Spacek used the occasions to talk antiques and educate his audience. "Anyone who loved antiques in Tulsa would find Sam's store and haunt the place. He had such beautiful, quality stuff," Silvey said. "He was a lover of beautiful things." Spacek's own antiques tastes were eclectic, favoring no era or style over another, his wife said. "He'd see something, anything, and want to have one," she said. "We had to make a rule that he could not bring anything home until he had taken something back." Spacek is survived by his wife; three sons, Josh Spacek, Micah Spacek and Sam Spacek; one daughter, Melody Spacek; one sister, Jan York; and one grandson.
(Tulsa World, Tim Stanley, Writer, April 2, 2010)


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