In Memory of Charles Spacek(1952 - 2017)

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Name
Charles Spacek
Spouse
Mitsuko Spacek
Children
Shinho, Sun-Wan, Song-Doh
Birth Date
April 2, 1952
Blessing Date
July 1, 1982
Ascension Date
May 29, 2017  
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Our beloved brother, Charles Spacek, of the Jacksonville Family Community in Florida, ascended to the Spirit World in the evening of Memorial Day, May 29, after a 6-month long health challenge. Charles had fought valiantly while enduring unbearable pain to continue to live on for the sake of his family, until he ascended. Charles has been a long time dedicated son of True Parents, and was especially inspired with the vision of connecting youth with nature and service. He combined his great love of nature with educating people in the Divine Principle and connecting with God through the creation. His loving, joyful personality will be forever cherished and remembered.

Charles is survived by his wife Mitsuko, three sons, Shin Ho, Sun Won and Song Doh, and his granddaughter Serena.

Let us join in support of Charles' family, and pray for his victorious transition to a glorious new life in the spiritual world, where our True Father and many saints are waiting with open hearts and arms.

Following is Charles' biography and information about his memorial service.

Sincerely,

​Dr. Ki Hoon Kim
Continental Director

​Dr. Michael Balcomb
President

Charles Spacek was a true son of God and True Parents. He left a successful career in the Merchant Marines when he met the Unification Church in Oakland, California in 1977. Once he knew God had called him, he gave up his wealth and savings and fully dedicated himself. He invested 7 years in National MFT and despite many struggles, became one of the top sellers in the country and then a top captain.

He was Blessed and married to Mitsuko Oki in the 2075 Couples’ Blessing in 1982. Following his successful and challenging MFT career, he began his witnessing mission in Las Vegas in 1985. He was making great success there as a pioneer with Roddy Portelance when he was called to go to Seattle, Washington. In Seattle, he was witnessing and fundraising until he was chosen to be the city leader in Valley, Idaho.
When True Father gave the direction for everyone to return to their Hometown, Charles immediately returned to Florida and began to work in Miami. He then went to his hometown in Winter Haven for a short while before being appointed as the city leader in Jacksonville, Florida, where he worked and had several breakthroughs in the community. He then became the city leader in Orlando, FL before joining his mother in Fort Meyers, FL where he again became the city leader.

In 2002 in Fort Meyers, Charles developed his vision for raising up responsible youth by teaching them about God through experiencing nature and service. He created a program called United Educational Interests Inc., and over the next few years organized 16 workshops for middle and high school students. He managed and sponsored 3-day, 10-day, and 21-day workshops.  The key was to experience different aspects of God’s creation in Florida, visiting natural springs, rivers, and the Gulf. He also co-sponsored two workshops for ministers to help them understand the Divine Principle and the Bible as they experienced God’s work through His Creation.

Charles and his family then moved to Live Oak,l FL to expand his work and passion for young people. He purchased five acres and began to farm the land, building an orchard and a garden, and raising chickens and rabbits. In following True Father’s vision to connect with nature, Charles also made a miniature Jardin in Live Oak to continue educating all people, young and older, about God’s amazing creation and how to live in harmony with the land.

Charles continued to work the land in Live Oak. His garden and orchard continue to grow, providing food for his wife Mitsuko and two sons, who also live in Live Oak. His oldest son Shinho lives in PA, which is also where his granddaughter lives. He experienced great joy entertaining his granddaughter in the summer of 2016.

Charles developed strong ties to the community in Live Oak, took care of his neighbors and made many lasting friendships. He was always a true and trusted friend to those he worked with. He always had a very quick wit, and a good sense of humor, which brought joy to those around him. He is greatly loved by many and his physical presence will be missed. His spirit is connected with the Spirit of the Suwanee River and the natural goodness found in his final hometown, Live Oak.

Seonghwa Ceremony

A Seonghwa Memorial Service will be held for Charles on Saturday, June 10, at 2:00 PM at Daniels Funeral Home, 1126 Ohio Ave North, Live Oak, FL 32064.

Donations to the Family

Donations can be made to this online fundraiser. Cards and other financial support can be sent to Mitsuko Spacek at 6689 187th Path
Live Oak, FL 32060

Seonghwa Ceremony

Time
2:00 PM
Date
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Location
Daniels Funeral Home: 1126 Ohio Ave North, Live Oak, FL 32064

Comments (4)

  • Michael Faris

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    My deepest sympathy to Mitsuko and the boys. Charles is one of the great, great story-tellers in our organization. I always loved spending time with him because he was interesting and active and always fully engaged in something good. We worked together for years on the MFT and he was a record-breaker! He will be dearly missed by many. I look truly forward to seeing him again on the other side. MF

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  • Chad Martin

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    I did a mall in Bismark, North Dakota over Christmas with Charlie. We got to know each other as brothers. He was righteous, funny, kind, and caring. I will miss him.

    Chad Martin
    Billings, MT

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  • Rhonda Williams

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    Dear Charlie, I remember your joyful smile and your perseverance on MFT through difficult times. What a blessing it was to serve TP in the trenches! And -how wonderful to hear of the good work you were doing in FL! May it continue to blossom and bear much good fruit. May God bless and embrace and uplift your beautiful family. The veil between our worlds is getting ever thinner; I know you will be protecting, loving and guiding them from your new home. MONSEI, dear brother! Monsei! Monsei!

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  • Laura Taylor Hayasi

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    How much fun we had in doing workshops for our youth in the camps in the great outdoors in Ft Meyers Florida! Here was Charlie, Such a vivid, gifted storyteller! I hope we have some on video. Who can ever forget his tale about the monkey that threw his business (Charlie said it) at him? Or the tale of his experiment to see if his farted methane gas really would light up? How perfect for ten year old kids, and us older kids too. And somehow in this wonderful way it fit in with life’s lessons in the camp. And none of us will forget all the magnetic silences in nature; tubing down the lazy river, or crabbing in the long sawgrass waterways just being together with God. We will meet you there still dear brother! Love to the family

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