Dr. Lloyd J. Spafford

dr. lloyd spafford

May 26, 1935 ~ February 7, 2024

Born in: Denver, CO
Resided in: Great Falls, VA

On Wednesday, February 7, Lloyd Spafford, beloved husband and father, passed away peacefully at his home in Great Falls, Virginia after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was 88 years old. Lloyd is survived by his wife of 67 years, Julia, and four children (Michael, Patrick, Timothy, and Jennifer), seven grandchildren (Jeremy, Katya, Alexandra, Shawn, Cynthia, Monica, and Andrew), and two great grandchildren (Elaina and Roman).

Lloyd was born in Denver, Colorado to Lloyd and Golden Spafford on May 26, 1935. He grew up in Brush, Colorado and attended Colorado State University (CSU), where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After serving as a Captain in the United States Air Force, Lloyd received his M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, now part of NYU. He worked in the aerospace division of General Electric (GE) for over thirty years in technical and managerial roles overseeing ballistic missile defense programs and as director of internal research and development for radar and sonar programs. Lloyd was also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University for ten years where he taught courses in Radar Engineering, Sonar Engineering, and Communications Systems. After retiring from GE in 1993, Lloyd became a Certified Financial Planner where he enjoyed helping people with their investments and taxes.

An avid sportsman, Lloyd played baseball at CSU breaking numerous batting records. He briefly played semi-pro ball and continued playing softball until he was 80. His love of sports extended to his children and grandchildren where he proudly coached their numerous teams.

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  1. I am so grateful that Dad and I were able to come visit the Spafford family in June of 2019. We had such a lovely time getting to know the extended family. My heart felt prayers are with you. May you receive the comfort that only Holy Spirit can give.

  2. I’m happy and grateful to worked with Dr.Lloyd Sppaford, Rest Peace Sir,And Condolences to Ms. Julia and her Family circle..,

  3. Lloyd was one of a kind, a perfect example of a self-made man. From humble beginnings, he became a role model for his family as he succeeded in everything he attempted in life. He lived a full life but I feel that he has left us way too early. He had so much more to share.
    I will never forget the advice and support he gave to me during my cancer journey (one he had been on himself).
    My heart is broken hearing of his passing. Blessings to the Spafford family from the Doty Family in Colorado. We love you all.

  4. Lloyd was a good friend. He was a good pitcher. His family came first. He was always good to be with. You haven’t thrown your last pitch, Lloyd, keep being ready.

  5. Rest is peace. Lloyd, I will miss him very much. My weekends won’t be the same anymore, he was a great man who worried for his family.

  6. He was always told me he was trying to “beat this thing” (Parkinson’s )
    I think he succeeded.
    My deepest condolences to the family. He was very lucky to have such a beautiful and loving family.
    May he rest in peace.

  7. I will always remember Lloyd as a kind and caring man. He, Julia, my husband and I had many happy times sitting around the kitchen table discussing every thing. His love for his family was always evident.
    Rest in peace, Lloyd.

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