Obituary: Norman Blair Sparks
Our loving father, Norman Blair Sparks, passed away on Oct. 14, 2008, at home in Roseville with his family by his side. His beloved wife, Barbro, preceded him in death in 2006 and they are now rejoined in their eternal love. Born in Sullivan, Indiana on Dec. 9, 1927, he enlisted at age 18 in the U.S. Military Air Force Services, resided in California since 1958, worked for the Santa Clara County Division of Weights and Measures and retired in 1990 from the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Division of Measurement Standards. Norman was devoted to his wife of 44 years, lived a morally responsible life with integrity, and was a loyal friend and mentor to many. He possessed a wry sense of humor, a wonderful and engaging laugh, and a generous heart. He was an avid reader, sports fan and enjoyed traveling, gardening, jogging and metal detecting.
He was the beloved father and father-in-law of Ron and Shelly Amin, Jayne and Michael Hilbert, Paul and Melinda Sparks, Allen and Marcy Amin, Kristina and Keith Meissner and Marcia and Larry Leonard.
He was the devoted grandfather to Brandee, Kimberly, Shawna, Joshua, Tamara, Trevor, Mindy, Adam, Jeremy, Matthew, Eric, Maryanne, Jessica, Johnathan, Erika, Stephen, Daniel, Laurel, Michael, and Brian and great-grandfather to Gavin, Joshua, Hannah, Cadel and Cairis.
Norman is survived by his sisters, Barbara Jalynn and Norietta Miller, and his brother, Dennis Sparks. Preceded in death by his father, Walter Purdue Sparks, his mother, Eula (Davis), and Walter’s second wife, Neva (Dungan).
He will be greatly missed but will remain in the hearts and memories of all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held on Nov. 8 at Sierra Bible Church, 11460 Brockway Road in Truckee, Calif. beginning at noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sutter VNA/Hospice.
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