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Monsignor William D. Spain

San Diego Union Tribune
July 24, 1993

Monsignor William D. Spain, former pastor of St. James parish in Solana Beach and a 30-year member of the local Roman Catholic community, died last Tuesday in Hawaii of complications from surgery.

The Honolulu resident was 64.

Born in San Bernardino, Monsignor Spain graduated from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1951. He attended theological college at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and was ordained a priest at St. Joseph Cathedral in San Diego in May 1956.

Seven years later he founded St. Mark's parish in San Marcos. He became pastor at St. James in 1969, and stayed there until 1984. In 1970, he was invested as monsignor, and three years later also

was named a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, an honorary Roman Catholic order.

Monsignor Spain also had a long affiliation with the University of San Diego. He was the school's first vice president and was a member of its board of trustees from 1973 until 1984.

He moved to Hawaii in 1985 after a public scandal about allegations that he became addicted to cocaine during a six-year homosexual affair with a young man. He spent three months in a treatment center and was reassigned to a post in Coronado before leaving the mainland.

In Hawaii, he was an assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church.

Survivors include a brother, James E. of Newport Beach; two nephews; a niece; two aunts; and an uncle.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated in San Diego at 10 a.m . Thursday in the Founders Chapel at the University of San Diego.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church in Honolulu tomorrow night, with burial Thursday morning at Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery.


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