PHOENIX: (602) 906-9600 | PEORIA: (623) 486-1955

Date of Birth: November 05, 1935

Date of Death: December 26, 2021

A light went out in Peoria, Arizona with the passing of Doris Jean Spargo, 86, on December 26, 2021. Doris left this world unexpectedly and peacefully from home, in the comfort of her favorite chair. She was the second of four children born to Gwinn and Viola Dunham in Bellingham, Washington on November 5, 1935. Doris grew up in Lynden, Washington, and graduated from Lynden High School in 1953. Doris married Martin Spargo, her husband of 65 years, on November 10, 1956. Together they were blessed with three sons, Martin Gwinn, Frederick Gene, and David Wayne. For the first 22 years of marriage, Doris was a United States Air Force wife, and traveled widely with her husband and sons. They lived in California, Germany, Washington, Montana, and North Dakota. This life led to an enjoyment of travel, and she and Martin often took extended road trips to visit National Parks and family members. She enjoyed doing airport security in Grand Forks and Bismarck, North Dakota, prior to retiring to Arizona near her son, Fred. Doris had a big heart, and through the years cared for six foster-daughters. She and Martin were longtime volunteers with hospice. Doris is survived by her loving husband, Martin, and three sons, Martin (Amy), Fred (Elizabeth), and David (Diane); her grandchildren Russell (Crystal), Garret (Mystie), Dylan (Jenna), Hope, Jana (Alex), Brooke, and Sarah; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers Gwinn Dunham (Joy) and Chuck Dunham (Irene), sister-in-law Barbara Dunham, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Doris was preceded in death by her brother John Dunham.

Service Information

Please join us in celebrating the life and homecoming of Doris Spargo on February 3, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at South Peoria Baptist Church, 9000 W Olive Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345. Lunch will be served following the service.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online at or by mail to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251.