Truman Duane Sparks passed away peacefully on April 25, 2012, with his loving wife by his side of causes associated with age. He was born July 8, 1923, in Carey, Idaho, to George Milford and Minnie Irene Case Sparks. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the occupational forces in Japan. He married Bonnie Lee Smellie in the Idaho Falls Temple on June 10, 1952. He graduated from BYU and spent his career as a technical writer for Sperry Rand/Unisys Corp. He loved the out-of-doors, especially water-skiing and snow skiing.
Truman was a generous man. He willingly shared his talents, knowledge and, most importantly, his boat with neighbors, cohorts and the many friends of his daughter. He took the time to instruct all persons interested in the art of water-skiing. Once the individual mastered two skis, Truman quickly advanced them to the one-ski experience. He displayed the same patience on the ski slopes during the winter months. Truman presented opportunities to all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; daughters, LeeAnn Cleverly (Brent), Karma Jean Brown, Catherine Lynne Sparks and Judy Rae Jensen (Rick); 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marva Sparks, Venna Sparks and Ramona Hart (Robert); stepmother Muriel Sparks; and stepsister Bonnie Justesen (Keith). He was preceded in death by his brother, Sterling.
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at the LDS Chapel located at 2150 South 650 East, Bountiful, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral service from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church. Graveside service will be held Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at the Carey, Idaho, cemetery. Online guestbook is at www.russonmortuary.com.