Michael Scott Spafford, 75, of Lenexa, KS passed away December 24, 2021. Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm Wednesday January 5, 2022 at Johnson County Funeral Chapel and Memorial Gardens, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS. There will be a private family internment.
Mike was born May 18, 1946 in Kansas City, KS to George and Ruth Spafford. He graduated from Washington High School in 1964 and went on to attend Emporia State Teachers College.
Mike’s career spanned over 50 years with many accomplishments and recognitions in the financial industry. He began his banking career at the former First National Bank of Kansas City in 1969, where he met and married his wife, Judy. Mike continued to share his passion for banking operations when in 1985 he joined Commerce Bank where he stayed until his semi-retirement 28 years later. During his time at Commerce Bank Mike served on several Boards that helped shape the banking community in Kansas City. Most notably was his tenure as both a Board member and President for MPX/EPCOR. Beyond all the accomplishments Mike attained during his career, his most meaningful role was mentoring and advocating for the many people who sought his counsel.
Not one to just retire, Mike continued to make contributions to several other financial institutions through his consulting work as well as volunteering as a Johnson County election official.
Mike loved to travel and most enjoyed exploring and photographing the National Parks, particularly the Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone. He was passionate about the Kansas City Chiefs, his Corvette and playing Bridge.
Mike “Papa” loved spending time with his grandkids, especially cheering them on at the ballpark.
Mike was preceded in death by his Mother and Father. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy Spafford (Lenexa, KS) daughter Jennifer Hays and her husband Robb (Lenexa, KS) and grandchildren Odin and Tulsi.