Gone but not Forgotten!

This page is to honor members who have passed on.

Jonathan E. H. Luz
09 January 1968 to 14 April 2018

Jonathan Edgard Heilman Luz, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, was an active member of the Northern Recon Group, as was his father, Hill H. Luz who is honored on this Wall in December 2000 (encouraged to view). Jonathan continued in his father’s dedication to the Northern Recon Group and other activities to serve fellow veterans and his community.  His father was also a member of the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Memorial Committee who helped plan, create and dedicate memorials for each county in 2000. In 1999, Hill encouraged his group (NRG) to display their military vehicles for the “rebirth” of our Yuba-Sutter Veterans Day Parade.  Jonathan was alongside him every step of the way, and after he lost his father, he continued in the tradition with dedication and immensely enjoyed driving his restored WWII Jeep in Veterans Day parades locally and in Sacramento. 

Since 2001, Jonathan also participated annually with the Northern Recon Group displaying for the public, their military vehicles during the Memorial Day annual “Grateful Nation Remembers” presentation at Calvary Christian Center in Yuba City. 
Jonathan served many years at A Hand Up Ministries with founder, Vietnam war veteran, Rev. Ron Braiser. A Hand Up provides church services, meals, assistance and support to the Yuba-Sutter County homeless population.  Jonathan was the former sole owner of Incredible Images Photography and used his skills in photographing and assisting with the Yuba-Sutter Veterans Stand Down. He attended Hope Point Nazarene Church in Yuba City and willingly served wherever needed. Jonathan Luz was always ready, able and willing to help his fellow 
veterans, neighbors, friends, and strangers in need of assistance.  

He brought his two children with him to all of these events and ministries where they learned to serve right alongside of their father as Jonathan did his father. What a great testament to his dad Hill Luz of the generational love and service for their country.   Jonathan’s happiest and most treasured times were spent with his two children, and giving them everything his father and mother passed on to him in raising and nurturing them.  They were the apple of his eye and the love of his life.

Jonathan E. H. Luz,  you were too young to leave us and will be greatly missed by family and all your friends.

Smagllck, DDS, Paul R. Died after a courageous battle wth cancer, surrounded by the love and warmth of his family and friends, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the age of 61. Beloved husband of Dorothy (nee Keller) for 38 years. Proud father of Katie Urbanek (Mark Van Wolvebere), Mice (Austin Stuckert, MD) Smaglick, MD and Andy Smaglick. Loving grandpa of John Urbanek and Fritz Urbanek. Son of Paul W. and Suzanne Smagfick. Brother of Mary Smaglick, Richard Smaglick and Julie (Tim MD) Carmody, MD. Dear brother-in-law of Fred (Judie McCoy) Keller. Also fondly remembered by nieces and nephews, Lori (Jason Weiner) Keller and Josef Weiner, Chris Keller, Rosemary SmagDck, Torn, John, Joseph, AllBon, Matthew, James, and David Carmody, special friends, Jerry and Ginny Kohimartn, and many other relatives and friends. Paul provided exceptional dental care for over 35 years to the people of Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin at his downtown office. As evidence of hls work, Paul was often mentioned h the Milwaukee Magazine as one of the city's top dentists. Teaching and continuing education were an important part of Paurs professional experience. He served in the Department of Restorative Sciences at Marquette University School of Dentistry as a clinical adjunct associate professor and was a long standing member of several dental study clubs and professional organizations. In his free time, Paul enjoyed gardening and travel with his family. He loved classical music, particularly works by Mozart. He also had a passion for military vehicles and took great pride in the restoration of his 1970 M35A2.

With sadness we must report the passing of Dann Spear, Museum of the  Forgotten Warriors,  Founder, Director and Curator on February 22nd , 2018

A memorial is planned to celebrate Spear’s life. Roberta said the theme will be “no regrets.”

Saturday March 17 at 10am 
Yuba College theater
North Beale Road Marysville 
Food and visiting to follow at the Museum 

Roberta said anyone interested in helping the family can donate to the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors, something her husband would’ve wanted.


He was the curator of the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors!
 Friends mourn the death of Dann Spear
By Jake Abbott /jabbott@appealdemocrat.com
It wasn’t just the veterans community that loved and admired Dann Spear, it was anyone who had the chance to spend a few minutes learning from him, said friends.
He was a community leader, collector of history, a professional cowboy and decorated roper, a long-time Sutter County employee, and a storyteller who was always looking out for the well-being of others, something those closest to him will remember him by.
And he founded, built up and took care of the Museum of The Forgotten Warriors.
Spear, 63, died unexpectedly Thursday. He is survived by his wife, Roberta, sons Caron and Brandon, and daughters-in-law Erin and Cotie.
Roberta Spear said her late husband could best be described as “multi-faceted.”
“My philosophy of life with Dann, after 43 years of marriage, is this: It was frequently annoying, but never boring,” she said. “He lived life to the fullest. I don’t think there was anyone that met Dann that didn’t like him.”
Roberta said her husband loved listening to people’s stories, no matter their rank or where they came from. Spear felt everyone had a story to tell and that those stories were important, she said.
“He was an amazing dad to us and all my friends,” Carson Spear said. “He taught us all how to rope; he was at every sporting event and promotion ceremony; he was there when I got back from Iraq. It’s been awesome to see such an amazing outpouring of support from the community.”
Curator for the forgotten
Though he was many things, Spear was known by most for being the founder, director and curator of the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors – something he started over three decades ago out of a small room on his family’s property that has now turned into something much more.
“We never set out to have this giant thing, but it took on a life of its own as the years went by,” Roberta said.
Many that have walked through the halls of the museum and gazed at its complete collection of war memorabilia consider it the Yuba-Sutter area’s “best kept secret.”
Don Schrader, a long-time friend and a board member of the museum, said Spear helped him and countless other veterans feel appreciated for their service and gave them a sort of home away from home when they needed it the most.
“He was just a special guy,” Schrader said. “He never served in the military himself, but he built this museum to honor veterans. I heard him say it thousands of times, ‘the museum is not about war, it’s about people,’ and that’s what it truly is.”
Another one of the museum’s board members, Tony Pinto, who has helped with the museum every step of the way, said Spear had been an avid memorabilia collector since he was about 10 years old.
“He had some friends go to Vietnam, so he started the museum as a way to say ‘thank you’ to them. It has continued to grow over the years to what it is now,” Pinto said.
Pinto, who was given the nickname “Tony man” by Spear, said his friend was a fantastic man who liked to make people laugh. He said Spear was a “saint” who would lift his spirits whenever he was down and would frequently give Pinto the keys to the museum when he needed to get away and reflect.
“He was always there with open arms and to give you a ‘thank you for your service,’” Pinto said. “He would always like to sit around with veterans and listen to their stories. For me, he was always someone I knew I could talk to.”
Schrader said Spear had a knowledge about war and history that is hard to find. Spear knew every “nook and cranny” of his museum, he said, and had stories about each piece.
But board members don’t plan on letting the history Spear collected over the years fade away.
“It’s absolutely critical that Dann’s legacy lives on, and it will,” Schrader said. “We will carry on what he started.”
Celebration of life
A memorial is planned to celebrate Spear’s life. Roberta said the theme will be “no regrets.”
A service will be at 10 a.m. March 17 at the Adventure Church of Yuba City – 1100 Garden Highway – followed by a gathering for food and stories at the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors – 5865 A Rd., Marysville.
Roberta said anyone interested in helping the family can donate to the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors, something her husband would’ve wanted.
For more information, go to  http://www.museumoftheforgottenwarriors.org/

Nate Chute/Appeal-Democrat

Dann Spear talks about a display of dog tags representing each American service members who lost their life in Afghanistan and Iraq at the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011.
Spear’s eternal message to Vietnam veterans
Dann Spear put up a plaque the day the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors opened. Here is what it says:
Honoring Vietnam veterans
The dispute over whether the war was right or wrong, and whether it was winnable is not ours to answer. With this plaque and the raising of the American flag today, we are honoring all Vietnam veterans who, during such troubled times, gave so unselfishly. The Museum of the Forgotten Warriors is dedicated to you, the veterans, in tribute of your service to this country. Lest you not be forgotten. I, along, with the citizens of the United States, want to thank you one and all.
Dann Spear
Curator of the Forgotten Warriors
Jan. 5, 1985