David John Sparrow

December 12, 1945 ~ April 18, 2019 (age 73)

David John Sparrow was born 12th December 1945 in Portsmouth Hampshire, England. He was the youngest son of Francis Sparrow, (a WW1 & WW2 veteran) and Dorothy Gertrude Mansbridge.

He started work as a driver at the age of 16, which was a blessing when he emigrated to the United States, he was able to provide for his family as a Self Employed Over the Road Semi Truck driver. His driving record earned him a Million Miles Award for no accidents in 20 years, which he was very proud of.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints having joined the church in England, after he married Janne his 2nd wife. He held many positions in the Church; a counselor in the Bishopric twice, a High Counselor five times, a Ward Clerk twice, a Gospel Doctrine Teacher, YM Counselor and a Greeter. He served as a veil worker, then as an Ordinance Worker in the Jordan River Temple for five years.

David suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and lost his job because he kept losing his way. This was devastating to David as he knew what was happening to him as the disease gradually progressed over a period of 10 years. He was an organ donor and was happy he could give hope to others.

David was cremated at his request privately, with only his wife and two of his daughters in attendance, as he had asked Janne not to put him on show at a viewing, then a Memorial Service was held at the Emerald Ward in Layton on Thursday 25th April 2019 at 11am. He is now reunited with his parents, two brothers and a sister, grandparents, two siblings that died in childhood before David was born, several other uncles and aunts and his little son David that died just after his birth.

He leaves behind his wife Janne whom he loved dearly, daughters Julie, Karen, and Gabrielle and son Gary, his older brother Charlie, 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, with number 10 due end of April, many nieces and nephews and his faithful dog Dougal and many friends and loving neighbors.

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