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Friday, April 13, 2012

WA Capt. Markle Sparks

 Obituary:  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/parkrecord/obituary.aspx?n=markle-h-sparks&pid=156968322  

Markle H Sparks (1915-2012) Markle Sparks
Markle H. Sparks, retired Delta captain, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. He was a long time resident of Park City where he moved after retiring. He loved this community and his mountains. He is survived by his children, Sidney of Conyers, Georgia, Steve, Salt Lake City, Sally of Snellville, Georgia. He left 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Markle was born in Enid, Oklahoma in 1915. He became an instructor during WWII. After the war, went to work for Western AirLines, living in the Los Angeles area. After retiring, he moved to Park City, which he considered home. He held many records and many adventures during his flying time.


Published in The Park Record on April 14, 2012
In Memory of

Capt. Markle Sparks

November 23, 1915 - April 4, 2012 
WWII veteran and early aviator, WAL pilot and Delta Golden Wings member, Captain Markle Sparks, age 96.
Avid modeler of large scale miniature aircraft...see below.
He was a ham radio operator, too.    Markle Sparks WB7UAC
Lived life to the very end!!

He was born November 23, 1915 and hired on 10-09-1942, indeed one of our oldest living characters!!  
To the best of my knowledge, current address c/o daughter Sally Rose Trapnell: 
Markle H. Sparks  (435) 649-9120
2916 Elizabeth Lane , Snellville  GA 30078-3708
Arrangements are being handled by Advantage Funeral Home and Cremation Services http://www.advantagefunerals.com/location.asp 
500 Harbins Road , Lilburn, GA 30047  ... 770-923-2940   http://www.mem.com/  
thx/Carol
Last known address in Utah:  Markle H. Sparks , (435) 649-9120
1681 Remington Lane, Park City  UT 84098-7523

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Markle Sparks

November 23, 1915 - April 4, 2012
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2012 8:09 AM            Subject: Markle Sparks 
Markle Sparks (Sparky) died in Atlanta after a short illness.  He had been living with his daughter for the last year.  He loved Park City and skiied up until the last ten years.  I believe his age was 96.  He grew up in Oaklahoma and started flying at a young age and was hired with Western Air in it's Alaska operation during WW2. 

http://uterc.org/node/828      Markle Sparks....


Markle Sparks passed away a couple of days ago. Many of us may not have known Markle but a number of us were his friends. He was certainly a mentor of mine. He was an avid modeler and a builder of immaculate large scale miniature aircraft. Markel was in his mid nineties.
Markle was a trainer of pilots during WW II, flew for a number of years for Western Airlines and later Delta Airlines prior to his retirement.
R.I.P.
Jan    (Ute Radio Control Assoc in Utah)

1 comment:

  1. Markle was my grandfather. He did not fly under Delta livery, but was retroactively a Delta pilot due to the acquisition of Western Air Lines in 1986-1987. He was proud enough of Delta, but if you asked him, he was a Western man through and through.

    After three years I'm able to say he was a decent guy in his own way, but he didn't have any idea how to treat those who loved him. While his friends hold him in high regard, his family is fairly universal in the opposite. As much as it allowed him to be such a charmer, his strong intellect gave him the capacity to deliver withering criticism. My grandmothers were best friends, and the one who wasn't married to him often said "The best thing Markle ever did was to be an awful father to his children, because all of them became magnificent parents to theirs."

    Despite the pain, I love and miss the old bastard.

    Steve Sparks
    Atlanta, GA
    April 13, 2015

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