Clinton “Bud” Sparks, February 14, 1945-September 28, 2021
Bud Sparks, 76, died September 28, 2021 at Golden Years Assisted Living in Meridian. He went to be with his Savior, Jesus, after a two month stay at St. Alphonsus hospital for treatment of a fractured hip. Bud was born in Boise to James “Ray” and Audrey Sparks into a growing family of children which eventually expanded to 11 children. The family was raised in “rural” Boise north of Fairview Avenue on Fry Street. All family members have great memories of that small house on Fry Street and the fun we had there.
Bud loved his brothers and sisters and took very good care of the younger ones that were still at home. On snowy days, I have great memories of sledding, hooky bobbing, and snowball fights.
Bud went to Cole Elementary, West Junior High, and graduated from Borah High School. He also took auto mechanic courses but did not work in that field. Bud enlisted in the Navy in 1966 and served through 1969 in the Vietnam War. By God’s grace, Bud was assigned to a destroyer, the USS Black, for those years and was protected from harm. Bud’s home port was at San Diego, CA. When he arrived back in the States he purchased a 305cc Honda Scrambler to ride from San Diego to Boise. We kids thought he was so cool when he arrived home.
Bud worked in the trailer manufacturing field and was skilled at working on small engines. Motorcycles became his passion. He race in motocross and cross country races throughout the 1970s and won many races and state championships.
In Bud’s later years, he decided he liked to buy and sell. He went to hundreds of auctions, yard sales, and thrift stores buying, fixing, and selling various items. He seemed to be content with this simple life. He moved to Parma for several years living on the property of a friend. They both love cats, and Bud slowed down in his later years and was content watching football or just sitting in the sun with several cats in his lap.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, and two sisters. We love you, Bud, and look forward to our reunion in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Humane Society of Idaho. A committal service will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery 10101 N. Horseshoe Bend Rd., at 2:00 pm on October 14, 2021. A Celebration of Life will be held on the same day at Boise Friends Church, 7751 Goddard Rd., Boise, ID at 6:00 pm. Thank you to Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel for all their help.