GEORGE CALVIN SPARKS

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GEORGE CALVIN SPARKS 1927-2016 Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home George Calvin Sparks, age 89, of Richland, WA passed away peacefully, Tuesday evening, October 18, 2016, at his home, surrounded by loved ones, from cancer. George was born on October 6, 1927, in Nampa, Idaho, he was the son of the late George H. Sparks and Maida O. Sparks. George grew up in Nampa, Idaho on his family's dairy farm, graduating from Nampa High School in 1946. He joined the US Navy being stationed on a small island (Kwajalein) in the South Pacific (1946-1948). As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he completed a LDS mission to the Northern States Mission from 1949-1951. George graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1954. It is there that he met and fell in love with Simone Foley. They married in September, 1951. Together they raised 5 beautiful daughters. (Ann, Debbie, Susan, Melinda, Georgia). In 1954, George and Simone moved to Nampa, Idaho to manage and operate the family dairy farm. George loved farming but after 15 years of farming, George, Simone and daughters moved to Kennewick, WA, in 1966 embarking on a new career with H&R Block. They started the H&R Block franchise in South Eastern Washington and retired 30 years later. George was a great family man and loving father. George was active all his life in his faith and church. He had a strong testimony of his Savior, Jesus Christ and loved to share that testimony with others. After retiring George and Simone enjoyed traveling. They lived part-time in Provo, Utah attending BYU games (George an avid fan), socializing with family and friends, and volunteering service for the LDS church which included serving a mission at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. George and Simone built a wonderful life together for 47 years. Then sadly Simone was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in 1998. Four years later George met and married a wonderful woman, Illa Rae Paige. She a widow herself, the two became a perfect match. Dedicated to their faith, they enjoyed serving together for several years on a mission for the LDS church in the Kennewick, WA area. Illa, a loving wife of 14 years, cared for George for many years throughout his declining health. George is preceded in death by his parents, wife Simone, and 2 great-grandsons. George is survived by a large extended family which includes his wife, Illa Rae, daughters Ann (Bart Jr.) Avery, Debbie (Scott) Watkins, Susan (James C. II) Hillegas, Melinda (Mike) Baca, and Georgia (Bill) Hancock. Stepchildren; Sterling (Christine) Page, Paris (Jerry) Rodgers, Lara (Shane) Hope, and Ward (Heather) Paige; 32 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. We welcome all to join us in a celebration of George's life with a viewing on Friday, October 28, 5-7 pm, at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home (1401 S. Union) in Kennewick and funeral services on Saturday, October 29, 11:00 am, at the LDS Ridgeline Chapel (10376 Ridgeline Dr.) in Kennewick with a viewing from 10:00 to 10:45 am preceding the funeral. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald from Oct. 23 to Oct. 26, 2016
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