1934 ~ 2012
Delbert Joy Sperry, 78, Husband, Father, Grandfather and Brother, passed away on November 27, 2012. He was born January 20, 1934 in Provo, Utah, the son of Dr. Sidney B. Sperry and Eva Lila Braithwaite Sperry. Delbert attended Provo City Schools and graduated from B.Y. High School, and Brigham Young University.
On May 22, 1964, he married his sweetheart, Anne-Julie Stangeland in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Delbert and Julie were married for 48 years.
Delbert had a number of managerial jobs, including Manager, B.Y.U. Audio-Visual Center. He helped set up the Navajo Indian Tribe pre-school program, LDS Church Indian Social Worker, Utah County Welfare Supervisor, and the job that he loved the most, Utah's first Ambulance Coordinator with the Utah Department of Health, and the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. He set up a number of new ambulance services, including Springville and Spanish Fork. He loved working with the E.M.T.'s and paramedics, and had many very special friends throughout Utah. He retired in 1996, after 26 years with the State of Utah.
Delbert was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served a mission to the Western States Mission from 1954-56. He was a ward financial clerk, teacher and home teacher, and loved his many church friends.
Delbert wanted to give thanks to his special friends, Dr. Keith Hooker, Dr. Ronald Badger, and Dr. Richard K. Olsen who made it possible for Del to have those few years with his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Anne-Julie of Provo; his children: Anne (Steve) Kingsolver of Orem; Erika (Brad) Hatch of South Jordan; and seven beautiful grandchildren: Stephanie, Sarah, Brett, Brandon (serving in the Ventura California Mission), Amanda, Rachael and William. Sisters: Elaine Fish, of Las Vegas; Phyllis Bytendorp, St. George; Karen Grant, Salt Lake City; Brothers: Richard, Orem; and Brent of Salt Lake. Delbert is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Sidney B. and Eva Lila Sperry, and by his brothers, Lyman and Arlyn.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the LDS Chapel, 3050 Mohave Lane, Provo, Utah. Friends may call at the church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, East Lawn Memorial Hills. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Published in Deseret News on Nov. 30, 2012.