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Family mourns loss of crash victim

Robert J. Spillane III is survived by wife, young son
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Funeral services are being held today for Robert J. Spillane III, a Loomis husband and father, who died last week in a car accident on Horseshoe Bar Road. Services are set for 2 p.m. at Cochrane’s Chapel of the Roses in Roseville. Spillane, 32, is survived by his wife, Leigh-Ann, and their 5-year-old son, Robert Joseph Spillane IV, who is called Joey. Joey attends school in Loomis. According to Spillane’s sister, Michelle Hagen, 35, Spillane was born and raised in Roseville and graduated in 1996 from Oakmont High School where he played football and baseball. Besides Joey and Hagen, Spillane is survived by his parents, Robert Joseph “Butch” Spillane Jr., and his mother, Cathy, both of Colfax. He is also survived by brothers Danny, 38, and Richard, 24. Spillane was a heavy equipment operator and lived in Georgia for three years before returning to California one year ago. Hagen said her brother “was a joker. He always had something funny to say.” She also said he enjoyed playing Fantasy Football and was a hunter. “Every year he went pheasant hunting with our dad,” Hagen said. “He was the type of guy who was always there for me. He would do anything for me,” she said. Scott Marcoux, of West Sacramento, said he and Spillane grew up in Roseville together. He first got to know Spillane over 20 years ago through sports, starting with Little League and then baseball. “He was one of the most competitive guys I’ve ever met in my life,” Marcoux said. “Before high school, we also played Roseville Bobcats football, along with Matt and Jason McDougall, the twins, and Vince Kulpa. We five were inseparable.” Marcoux said Spillane was faithful and used his size to protect his friends. “Robert was one of the most loyal friends you’ve ever met. You always felt safe when you were around Robert … Being one of his friends you never felt scared, no matter what neighborhood you were in because Robert was … an intimidating guy … one of the bigger boys.” Marcoux also remembers his friend as genuine and direct. “One of the nice things about Robert — you never worried about him BSing you; he always said how it was.” According to Dave Martinez, California Highway Patrol spokesperson, Spillane died at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23, in a head-on collision on Horseshoe Bar Road. Martinez said Spillane was killed when his Geo Metro crossed into the lane of an oncoming Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Katherine Sommer, 66. Sommer and her husband, Jerry, 67, who was a passenger in the car, suffered moderate injuries. The accident is still under investigation by the highway patrol and Placer County Sheriff's Office. Donations to help Spillane’s wife and son can be made by visiting www.robertjspillane.com.