Michael Gabriel Spurlock, an executive chef and Hagerstown resident, died in an automobile accident Monday in Ocean View, Del. He was 25.
Mr. Spurlock, a Hagerstown native, was a 1996 graduate of Hagerstown High School and a 1998 graduate of Baltimore International College culinary school.
He began as sous chef at the Fountain Head Country Club and later was named executive chef at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, both in Hagerstown. He had taken a job recently as executive chef at the Fat Tuna Grille in Millville, Del.
"He worked for Phillips in Ocean City one summer and that started him on his career. Before long, he was running the steam table," said his mother, Eve Janni of Hagerstown. "He had a passion for it and was very creative. It was his thing. Everyone in the food service business wanted him."
Mr. Spurlock was a collector of baseball cards and Star Wars memorabilia. He also was an avid fisherman.
Services were held last night in Hagerstown.
Survivors also include his father and stepmother, Michael E. and Susan Spurlock of Ellicott City; his stepfather, David Janni of Hagerstown; a half-brother, Shawn W. Spurlock, and two half-sisters, Danielle M. Spurlock and Kristen M. Spurlock, all of Ellicott City; a stepbrother, Nathaniel D. Janni of Hagerstown; his paternal grandparents, William R. Spurlock and Alice F. White, both of Salisbury; his step-grandmother, Betty D. Janni of Hagerstown; and his fiancee, Jessica L. Richards of Hagerstown.