Please come help us celebrate Danny Spears life! Relatives and Friends of the Family are invited to attend the Funeral Service at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expy., Harvey, LA on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 3 pm. Visitation will be held from 1 pm until 3 pm.
This obituary will not do him justice as no words can adequately describe all that was Danny Spears. He was many things including a loving husband, father and friend. He was also sometimes a troublemaker, sometimes a funmaker and sometimes a peacekeeper but above all he loved and was loved by many.
Danny Spears, 52, a beloved member of the community, passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 12, 2023 leaving behind a legacy of humor and love and who touched the lives of countless people.
He is survived by his loving wife Starrlet Boutwell Spears, who he teasingly called his “PIC” (parnter in crime) and they stood by each other through thick and thin as they built their life together. He was a loving father to Maci Spears (Christopher), who he loved beyond words, and the stepfather of Grace Roberts. Danny was a beloved son to Robert “Bobby” Spears and Mary Judith “Judy” Coley Spears; a cherished brother to Garret Spears (Carol) and and uncle to his niece, Taylor Spears, and nephews Dalton Spears and Dillon Spears and his mother-in-law Darla Kay Burmaster. He also leaves behind his 5-month old grandson, Grayson DiMartino, whom he adored, who brought immeasurable joy into his life, and he cherished every moment spent with him. He will now be joining his cherished cat, Fats Spears, who passed earlier this year.
Born on September 27, 1971, in Watson, LA, Danny grew up in Plaquemines Parish and was a long time resident of Belle Chasse, LA. He graduated from Belle Chasse High School in 1989 and soon after began his career in law enforcement as a young officer who served with distinction for many years. He worked for several prominent agencies, such as JPSO and STPSO but spent the most time with PPSO where he quickly moved up the ranks and was promoted from Seargent to Lieutenant. He had various roles from working patrol to street crimes in Narcotics and was a member of the Special Response Team (SRT). Danny earned many accolades during his service and his commitment and skills were recognized by his fellow officers and commanders, who held him in high regard. Many regarded Danny as the best police officer they ever had the honor of serving alongside.
Beyond law enforcement, Danny worked for Plaquemines Parish government, where he supervised the flood control department, and most recently, he worked as a quality inspector for MSMM Engineering, where he made a lasting impact in the short time he was there.
Danny was known for his infectious sense of humor and charismatic personality. His sense of humor was legendary, brightening countless lives with its unique charm and he had an innate ability to bring joy into the lives of those around him. Danny was truly one-of-a-kind, a great man who cherished his friendships deeply and treated his friends like family. To those who had the privilege of befriending him, he many times became an "adopted son," a "cousin," or even a "brother."
Danny had various hobbies and interests. He had a passion for LSU and Saints football and you would most often find him spending time on his back patio, immersing himself in music that brought him joy. He also had a completely separate life and was part of various online gaming and stock trading communities, some of which he created. He had many “nerd friends“ and formed deep ties and bonds and his loss in those communities is also felt greatly.
Although his time was cut short and Danny's unexpected departure left a void in the hearts of those who knew him best, he led a full life and on his own terms. He even died on his own terms, at his home, in his favorite recliner, in his sleep. Let us remember him for his contagious laughter, unwavering loyalty, and kindness. As we bid farewell, may we find solace in celebrating the beautiful life he lived, the extraordinary person he was and the profound impact he had on the hearts and minds of those around him. Danny was loved by many and will be deeply missed.
A family memorial contribution account has been set up as an option to express your condolences in lieu of flowers to help with family expenses and for his grandson, Grayson. Link to fund: Danny Spears Memorial Fund
The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.mothefunerals.com