Jeffery Mark Spurgin
35 Years Old

August 8, 1960 to July 3, 1996

Jeffery Mark Spurgin was born on August 8, 1960, joining a sister and completing the family of four which we, his parents, had planned. Jeff was a typical boy and involved in Sunday School, Children's Church Choir, Cub Scouts and Scouts. Later, he joined Little League baseball, attempting to be like his idol, Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds. He played basketball in junior high, and later joined a camera club, purchasing his own dark room equipment. In the winter, the family snow skied and during the summer, we camped in the mountains where Jeff learned to water ski. Later, we purchased a small cabin on a lake in the mountains, and to the day of Jeff's murder, this was his favorite place.

When Jeff was twenty seven, he married and joined his mother in the insurance business where he remained until the time of his death. Jeff and his wife, Kolleen, had one child, our granddaughter, Kelsey, who was nine years old when her father was killed. Both remain close to our family, and we are fortunate to be able to see them on a regular basis.

Jeff liked to cook and was somewhat of a gourmet chef. He also enjoyed golf and he and his dad played in a foursome each week. The very last hobby, and possibly the most exciting to him, was pheasant hunting. Two Christmases before he was murdered, he cooked Pheasant Crepes for our family on Christmas Eve, another indication of his love for his family.

On July 3, 1996, in broad daylight, Jeff and a friend left a public building through the door entering the alley. A car was speeding down the alley toward them and Jeff pulled his friend back to keep him from getting struck. The friend yelled at the car to slow down and this infuriated the occupants. They slammed on their brakes, backed up and three brothers jumped out of the car and beat our son to death. Jeff's friend was beaten, but later released that night from the hospital.

The three brothers had a history of crime and all were convicted individually. We did not go through a trial, as the assailants entered into a plea agreement.

Nathan Pitzer received six months in jail and a $500 fine for misdemeanor assault. Matthew Pitzer received 10 years in prison, five suspended, for accountability to felony assault. Matthew has just been released from prison and is on probation for five years, as he did not follow the court's orders.

Mark Pitzer, who admitted murdering Jeff, is in a league by himself. Since 1989 he has had 45 misdemeanors, including eight thefts, seven assaults, and four cases of criminal mischief. On top of all that, he has a felony theft, a felony assault and numerous contempt of court citations. Mark was sentenced to 20 years in prison with no parole for at least 10 years, charged with negligent homicide and being a persistent felony offender, 10 years for felony assault, all concurrent. His projected discharge date is March, 2007.

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Jeffery Mark Spurgin