Leon “Butch” Sparks, 67, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Hope, Idaho.
A celebration of Life will be held at a later date, and this website will be updated when a date has been chosen.
Butch was born on April 12, 1952 in Yankton, South Dakota to Walter and Lorraine Sparks. After growing up in Pinehurst, Idaho, he joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Okinawa (LPH-3). In May of 1970 while enroute from Hawaii to Auckland, New Zealand, aboard this vessel, he crossed the Equator at Latitude 0000 and Longitude 164.14 W. and so became fully initiated into the SOLEMN MYSTERIES OF THE ANCIENT ORDER OF THE DEEP.
After his military service, he returned to Idaho and began his career as a long-haul truck driver. In the early 1980’s he moved to Sandpoint, ID, where he met and married Alischia in 1987. The couple had two children before their divorce. Butch had an ornery spirit and at the same time, was an extremely honest and generous man.
When Butch wasn’t behind the wheel of his long-haul rig, he enjoyed fishing, fixing up cars, and family Barbeques with rock and roll music from the 70’s, but the most important thing in his life were his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his two sons; Joey (Trisha) and Hunnter Sparks, his daughter; Nikkia Sparks, four step children; Wanona, William, Danny and Skyler, three grandchildren; Mya, Wade and Maci, his brother Sonny (Judy) Sparks, and sister Karyn (Kenny) Letuseck.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Mathew, and his sister Patsy.
Please sign Leon’s his guest book and leave your condolences for his family.