Longtime Scientologist Jim Jackson remembers Lyman Spurlock, 1945-2014 - 2014-09-09

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F347.png Longtime Scientologist Jim Jackson remembers Lyman Spurlock, 1945-2014 September 9, 2014, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Jim Jackson We're still hearing from people about Lyman Spurlock, the longtime Scientology executive who died last month of throat cancer. And in particular we received a truly remarkable remembrance from someone who has never spoken publicly about his time in the organization. Jim Jackson is an attorney and certified public accountant in Los Angeles.

I first met Lyman Spurlock in 1971 as his "Hard TR's Supervisor" at the Berkeley Mission. Since we were both CPA's, he later hired me in 1974 to work for him in his tax practice in Los Angeles.

I was Lyman's only employee, and we both loved Scientology. I was somewhat in awe of him, as not only was he a very competent CPA, but he was also a Class 8 auditor, while I was a mere Class 4 at the time and still somewhat of an apprentice CPA. We would occasionally talk about Scientology and at times natter about the Guardian Office. I recall in 1974 the Church lost a Tax Court case over the issue of the deductibility of Scientology as a medical expense (the Donald H. Brown case in Minnesota if I recall). Lyman wrote a critical letter to the GO about it and got into some trouble for his criticisms. Lyman and I used to joke about the "GO Service Fac" ( a Scientology term for being unable to admit that one is wrong).


{{cite news | author = Tony Ortega | title = Longtime Scientologist Jim Jackson remembers Lyman Spurlock, 1945-2014 | url = https://tonyortega.org/2014/09/09/longtime-scientologist-jim-jackson-remembers-lyman-spurlock-1945-2014/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = September 9, 2014 | accessdate = August 21, 2017 }}