Representative Clay R. Spear View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 1/27/1993
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Assemblies Served:
House: 66 (1975) - 75 (1993)
Home County: Des Moines
Clay R. Spear
Des Moines County


Mr. Speaker: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable Clay R. Spear, begs leave to submit the following Memorial:

Clay R. Spear was born June 23, 1916 in Davenport, Iowa. In 1940 he married Dorothy Trout and they had one son and two daughters.

Mr. Spear graduated from Davenport High School, received his B.A. degree from St. Ambrose College in 1941 and later attained his Masters degree from Drake University in 1973. Mr. Spear served the United States Postal Service from 1935 until his retirement from that service in 1971. He was a member of and active in a large group of diverse organizations, including: The League of Women Voters, NAACP, Common Cause, A.A.R.P., National Association of Retired Federal Employees, National Wildlife Federation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, and the North Lee County, Des Moines County and Iowa Historical Societies.

A Democrat, Mr. Spear represented portions of Lee and Des Moines Counties during the Sixty-sixth, Sixty-seventh, Sixty-seventh Extra, Sixty-eighth, Sixty-ninth, Sixty-ninth Extra, Sixty-ninth Second Extra, Seventieth, Seventy-first, Seventy-first Extra, Seventy-second, Seventy-second Extra, Seventy-second Second Extra, Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, Seventy-fourth Extra, Seventy-fourth Second Extra and Seventy-fifth General Assemblies. He died at the beginning of his tenth term.

Clay R. Spear died January 27, 1993. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Diantha Ellingsworth of Tucson, Arizona and Ann Stutler of Milan, Missouri; his son, Jonathan of Kansas City, Kansas; two sisters, Celeste Cooper of Monrovia, California and Bertha Miller of Davenport, Iowa; a brother, Cyrus of Davenport; and six grandchildren.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Seventy-fifth General Assembly of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable Clay R. Spear, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this Resolution would express its appreciation of his service.

Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.