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4/8/2014 2:14:00 PM
Obituary: Logan Spude
Logan Spude
Logan Spude

The vibrant life of 26 year old Logan Spude was tragically cut short on April 2, 2014 in Cottonwood. The Cottonwood resident was waging a valiant battle against substance abuse, when a single lapse of sobriety took his life. Logan's passing is a tragic reminder that a single choice can have tragic consequences.

On November 8, 1987, Logan was born to Dale and Barbara Spude in Cottonwood, Arizona. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. The best of his many friends was his brother Ryan whose life was also tragically cut short in 2003.

Logan graduated from Mingus Union High School in 2006 and was a formidable defensive lineman in the State Championship game. He attended Yavapai College and worked for a time at Rusty's Morning Star Ranch and then as an emergency room attendant.

Most recently Logan worked with his father in the family business, Red Rock Masonry and at The Grasshopper Grill and Spirits.

Deeply intellectual, fond of the outdoors, gregarious and fun-loving, a day in Logan's life might include tubing down a river with a host of friends and finishing the evening in solitude reading A Tale of Two Cities or 1984. He loved mountain biking, his garden, and duck hunting with his dog Brewster. But most of all, he loved his family.

What most remember of Logan was his "infectious smile" and that he cared-truly cared-for his friends and family. He was strong and tough, yet amiable and sensitive. His affable smile lit up the room wherever he went and he had a sincerity about him that made him instantly liked by nearly everyone he met. To have had a friend like Logan was a true blessing. The sun just doesn't seem as bright since Logan is gone.

Logan's friends and family will celebrate his life Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 3 pm to 6 pm at Georgia Frontier's Ranch at 1385 Loy Road in Cornville. Bring a dish, photographs and stories of your time with Logan, but please respect the family's wishes for an alcohol-free service. Afterwards, feel free to join Logan's family and friends at The Grasshopper Grill and Spirits. Ralph Waldo Emerson said "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded." By this standard, Logan's brief life was a monumental success.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation to Rusty's Morning Star Ranch at P.O. Box 759, Cornville, AZ 86325.

An online guestbook is available to sign at www.westcottfuneralhome.com.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Article comment by: Hannah Spude

The last time i saw him was when he was working for my uncle with my dad. The story came to me and i was heart broken he was the boy in the family i was closest with. I looked up to him and he was a great romodle despite his mistakes which everyone makes them. I miss him so much and i hope he is happy to see his brother and other cousin. With much love his cousin Hannah.

Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014
Article comment by: Sylvia Galloway

I will always remember Logan as a kind, polite young man who's short time on this earth touched many lives, including my own. His compassion towards patients reflected his fine character. I was blessed to have worked with Logan at VVMC and will remember him as someone who made a difference. God Bless his family. Sylvia Galloway RN

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014
Article comment by: Condolences to all . . .

As a mother, my heart goes out to the Spude family. I only knew 'of' Logan from seeing him around town. I am so sorry for your loss, of not one, but now two, sons.

From the looks of the comments, the world will be a dimmer place without them or perhaps a much brighter place as their energy joins the universal consciousness, free of their bodies.

We will miss them.

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Article comment by: Tara Swiger

I didn't know Logan that well but I remember how nice and welcoming he was. He was the type of person that even if he only met you a few times he would go out of his way to say hello and he was genuine. You don't get the opprotunity to meet many people who are like that. Even though he was a big guy and tough he was still able to show his sensitive caring side. It takes stregth and courage for a man to be that way in our society now. My prayers go out to his family and loved ones.

Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Article comment by: Jade Gable

I first met Logan when he was 18. Everyone loved him and especially those at Rusty's Morningstar Ranch. Our sincere heart felt sympathy is focused on Logan's parents as they mend their broken hearts.

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Article comment by: Rikki Perez

Barb and Dale, very very saddened by the loss of Logan. Remembering July 2003 was not that long ago. Ryan and Logan were both great kids! I am so sorry and I cannot even begin to know what you are feeling.
Rikki (Former employee of foxworth and Arizona building supply)

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Article comment by: Karen Reynolds Dilks

Logan's smile and warm heart were infectious to all those around him. I am so grateful to the wonderful time he gave to this earth with his sincerity and kindness. My love goes out to Dale and Barbara and Spude family.

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Drugs don't care,perhaps others can learn.It only takes one time.Sorry for your loss.

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Article comment by: Mike Rigsby

Dale and Barbara I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers for you.

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Article comment by: Rosella Calistro

I didn't know this young man, but he had a beautiful smile. It sounds like he was such a joy to know! I'm sorry for his family & the grief they are going through, for losing a child is the hardest thing to endure. May God Bless You & guide you through your grief.

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Warren

I only met Logan once, and found him to be a real pleasure to be around. The smile did it for me. Rest easy, Logan.

Posted: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Article comment by: Erin Estes

Steve and I have such fond memories of Logan as he was the boy next door always with a smile and kind giving heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spudy's as they deal with the tragedy of losing Logan. His spirit is in our hearts forever.

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Article comment by: Tamara Addis

I have known Logan for most of his short time on this earth and can honestly say that he always greeted me with that smile and a genuine greeting. He was a smart, strong young man and it saddens me deeply to see him leave us all and join his brother. My thoughts are with the Spude family during this difficult time.

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