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