Nicholas George Spinak September 20, 1991–July 15, 2020
Nick Spinak, 28
Nick Spinak, 28, beloved son, brother, nephew and friend passed away on July 15, 2020 in Costa Mesa, California. Nick was born in Corvallis, Oregon on September 20, 1991 to parents Scott Christopher Spinak and Becky Jean George.
Nick was a generous, kind and gentle spirt with an infectious smile and keen sense of humor.
He was a gifted visual artist and writer and loved being out in nature finding inspiration and peace in the mountains, beaches and ocean. He enjoyed reading, drawing, writing poetry, hiking, running, working out and spending time with friends and family.
Nick spent his early years in Newport, Oregon. He attended Sam Case Elementary school and was an avid Newport Public Library patron. Libraries to Nick were like a kind of paradise. Nick adored his grandparents and was lucky to spend time with all four during his years in Newport. With his parents and brother, Nick lived in Mexico during the first grade and the Dominican Republic during the fourth grade; experiences that helped shape his world view.
The family moved to Kailua, Hawaii in 2002, where Nick finished elementary and intermediate school and attended Mid-Pacific Institute High School where he received an art scholarship. Nick made numerous commercial fishing trips with his Dad while in Hawaii, learning about the ocean and about fishing. He attended Clark College in Vancouver, Washington where he studied fine art and welding.
When his family relocated back to the west coast from Hawaii, Nick joined them, living and working various jobs in Seattle, WA and Santa Cruz, CA. While in Santa Cruz, Nick volunteered for the American Conservation Experience, which led him to pursue training in wildland firefighting.
Throughout Nick’s short life, he deeply touched many people with his caring, generous spirit, his art and his empathy for the suffering of others. He had a gift for helping others and he treated everyone he met with respect and kindness. Nick’s courage, character and his insightful intellect are reflected in the way he lived life and in his art, and in the books, music and poetry he loved and shared freely to enrich the lives of those around him.
Nick is survived by his parents, Scott Spinak and Becky George and his older brother Samuel Spinak, uncles, Steve Spinak and Michael George (Tomi Marsh), and aunts Nancy George and Jill George. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, John L and Jane George and Jerry and Terri Spinak.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a gathering to remember his life will follow at a later date.
You will be deeply and forever missed Nicholas. Fly free bluebird.