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Published on September 12, 2018 12:01AM

Donald Sparks

Donald Sparks


Sept. 10, 1954 — Sept. 10, 2018

Donald Robert Sparks was the son of Robert Royal and Corinne Sparks, and Joseph Henry and Donna Mae Parnell. Donny was born and raised in Astoria, and attended Astoria High School with the Class of 1973.

Before the end of high school, Donny enlisted in the Army. Donny then married Ruth Nan Hutson on Dec. 23, 1989. They have raised their three children, Samuel Hutson, Sharie Blackburn and Alex Sparks in Astoria.

Donny was a husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He loved playing Santa at Christmastime for all his kids, nieces, nephews and any other family or friends who needed him. He’d even visited the jail in his Santa suit on his motorcycle. Donny loved helping other people. Donny was also known for being the cool uncle, Tonka trucks, being one of the luckiest guys ever, always coming to functions last and leaving first.

Donny made an impression on everyone he met. He loved casinos, road trips, and bingo, and two of his favorite pastimes are his infamous joke-telling, and him riding his moped around town, enjoying life.

All who knew Donny knew he had a heart bigger than himself.

Donny is also survived by his rock, his wife, Ruth Nan Sparks; children, Samuel Hutson, Sharie Blackburn and Alex Sparks and his wife, Caitlin; brother, Gordon Sparks; sisters, Melody Knight and her husband, Arthur, and Jill Harms and her husband, Dan; five grandchildren, Kylie, Vanessa, Teresa, Claire and Jade; numerous nieces and nephews; and his sweet dog, Piper. Family was everything to Donny.

Donny was preceded in death by his father, Robert Royal Sparks; second father, Joseph Henry Parnell; mother, Donna Mae Parnell; and brother, Rodney Allen Sparks.

“I guess I’m done pissing people off.” — Donny Sparks

Please join us for a celebration of Donny’s life at the American Legion in Astoria, Oregon, on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m.


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