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Wednesday, Apr 01, 2015

Visitation scheduled for divers who died in Eagle Nest Sink

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Funeral services will be held Friday for a father and son who drowned while cave diving Christmas Day at Eagle Nest Sink in Weeki Wachee.

Darrin J. Spivey, 35, a life-long resident of Brooksville and his son, Dillon Sanchez, 15, died in a vast, underwater cave system that has claimed at least six other lives since 1981.

The services will be held for both at 1 p.m. at Brewer and Sons Funeral Home, 1190 S. Broad St. in Brooksville.

Spivey graduated from Hernando High School, worked for Blackman Roofing in San Antonio, and loved diving, camping, hunting, fishing, and spending quality time with his children.

According to Hernando County Sheriff's Office, an investigation into the two deaths remains open, and several items were sent to the coroner's office for testing.

The office is awaiting results to determine exact cause of death, which the sheriff's office said will take weeks to complete. Spivey is survived by his children, Alexis Spivey of West Palm and Derek Spivey of Spring Hill; mother, Sylvia Spivey and father, Chester Spivey Jr. both of Brooksville; sister, Tracy Pranger (Glenn) of Mulberry; and fiance, Holly King of Lutz, among others.

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