A Turtle’s Tribute:
Sidney Gene Spencer was born December 30, 1967 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
He was a starting player at Union High School in Tulsa in football, baseball, cross-country and basketball. After graduation, he was a vocal performance major at the University of Oklahoma in Norman and sang tenor in the OKC Metro Men’s Chorus.
He performed in productions of “The Beggars Opera”, “Oklahoma!” and a Broadway medley gala. Other appearances included “Hello Dolly!”, “West Side Story”, Fiddler on the Roof”, “Carousel” and “Babes in Arms”.
Sid was proficient in sign language. He also directed the singles choir for two years at his church in Oklahoma.
Sid moved to Dallas in the early 1990’s and sang for a short time with the Turtle Creek Chorale before pursuing a solo recording career and participating in the pageant circuit.
He was a volunteer with the Oak Lawn Community Services.
Being crowned Mr. Razzle Dazzle Dallas 1991 led to placing second runner-up for Mr. Gay Texas as well as a bid at Mr. All-American. His stellar pageant career included the Mr. Gay Southwest title.
In 1995, Sid became one of the most successful performers to emerge from the gay community, recording on the Amethyst Records label. He was posthumously nominated for Best Male Artist at the 1998 GLAMA Awards for his recording of “Dancin’ thru Texas.”
Sid competed in rodeo competitions in the Chute Dogging event. While in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for a rodeo performance, Sid died on July 17, 1996.
At the time of his death, Sid was survived by his father, mother, and a number of other relatives who live in Seminole, Oklahoma. He also has a sister in Bristow, Oklahoma and a brother in Forney, Texas.