John Albert Spotts

John Albert Spotts passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 28, 2021. He was the youngest son of Mercedes H. Spotts (Ellis Island Honoree).

John was born on May 20, 1957, and was a graduate of Chanel High School and Cleveland State University. Upon graduation from college, John dedicated his life to public service as a Housing Specialist with the Cuyahoga County Department of Development. He was absolutely devoted to his mission of helping families secure housing and home ownership. Many of the men and women he helped were the first generation in their family to become homeowners.

He is survived by his son, David Matthew Spotts; brother, David Melvin (Sharon) Spotts, Esq.; ex-wife and caregiver, Judy K. Zamlen-Spotts; and extended family members Suzi Jovic (Joe), Frank Zamlen, Victor Zamlen (Michelle), Shirley Z. Jones (Jerry) and Lily Zamlen. He also was uncle to Alexandra, Rosie, Jerry, Zack, Victor, Frank and Nick; great-uncle to Weston and River.

John also had so many friends that were also family to him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Mercedes Helen Spotts; grandmother, Helen Karpinski; Aunt Gloria Joy Battisti (Judge Frank J. Battisti); Aunt Judge Diane Karpinski (Peter L. Levitsky); and sister-in-law, Barbara H. Zamlen.

John loved all things Disney and we are certain that he now resides in the true magical kingdom.

Contributions may be made in memory of John to Purple Heart Homes (

Cremation by DeJohn Funeral Home and Crematory.

Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of John at The DeJohn Funeral Home & Celebrations Center of Chesterland, 12811 Chillicothe Road, on Tuesday, may 11, 2021, from 10-11 a.m. Burial following at Lake View Cemetery.

Online obituary, guestbook and information regarding the celebration of life at

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