Joe Sparks |

Joe Sparks

Graveside services for Joe Sparks of North San Juan will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sweetland District Cemetery.

Mr. Sparks died Tuesday, Dec. 17, at home after a brief illness. He was 86.

He was born on July 5, 1916, in Deer, Ark., to Irven and Birdie (Cowell) Sparks. He was one of 13 children and was raised and attended school in Arkansas. He joined the California Conservation Corp. as a young man and following his discharge, he moved to Wasco. He worked as a pipefitter for Hercules for 26 years and retired as a journeyman. He married Doris Darleen Richardson in 1955 in Vallejo. They moved to Nevada County in 1966. He was active in the North San Juan Volunteer Fire Department and had been active in the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, serving as a pack leader and a den master. He was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Ken and Cheryl Sparks of North San Juan and Jim and Vicky Sparks of Fairfield; daughter and son-in law, Carol and John Fuller of Vacaville; son, Kevin Sparks of North San Juan; three sisters; and seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Darleen Sparks, who died March 16, 1999.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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