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Kolby Trent Sparks

09/01/1976 - 11/08/2018
Service Date: 11/19/2018
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 21320 South Greenfield Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85298
Interment: Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85207

Kolby Trent Sparks, 42, passed away unexpectedly after a fatal car accident on November 8, 2018. Kolby was born and grew up in Scottsdale, AZ. He was a naturally gifted and talented athlete, excelling in baseball throughout his childhood and into college. He participated on team Tanel, winning the Babe Ruth World Series in 1992 for the 13-15 year old division. Kolby was also an Eagle Scout and served a mission for the LDS church in Lima, Peru from 1999-2001. During this time, he became fluent in Spanish and developed a deep love for the language and people he served. He graduated ASU with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Kolby loved everything about nature; from fishing and hiking, to wakeboarding, skiing and snowboarding, and all things in between. One of his proudest accomplishments was earning his private pilot’s license, he was an extremely confident and proficient pilot.

Kolby was married in 2005 and, most notably, was a father to three beautiful boys that were the center of his universe.

He is survived by his wife and 3 boys, parents, three siblings, grandmother, several aunts and uncles, and multiple nieces and nephews; as well as a large extended family and countless friends.

Kolby meant a great many things to many people. From the beginning he was strong willed and independent. He had an extremely adventurous spirit; nothing was too big or extreme for him to say no. He was fun, outgoing, energetic, fearless, complicated, fiercely loyal, and nonjudgmental. Kolby had a special way of developing strong connections with all types of people. Once you were friends, you were friends for life. His loss is felt deeply and he will be missed beyond any words can fully express.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 21320 South Greenfield Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85298. A viewing will be held prior to the service, from 9:30 to 10:30am.


  • Rest In Peace my friend

  • April Belnap Wanlass

    I am so sorry for the loss felt by the whole Sparks family. Words cannot express the deep sorrow felt by so many. Kolby was a long time family friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone during this time.

  • LaVar & Janice Clegg

    Dear Sparks Family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. May you find peace in knowing you will see Kolby again through the gift of our Savior Jesus Christ.

  • Rest In Peace pal.
    You will be missed! Thank you for everything!

  • Liz and Karl Owens

    Sending our love and prayers. Words aren’t adequate. 🥀🥀 Can’t wait to give you all giant hugs when we see you on Monday.

  • Marion & Deanne Hatch

    Our heart and prayers are with you
    God bless

  • Harvey and Rebecca Carter

    Words cannot express the profound sorrow we feel for your family. We send our simcere love and condolences to each of you.

  • I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Kolby was my first missionary companion in Peru. He was more than a companion to me, he was a big brother who guided me, taught me, and helped me transition into missionary life. I learned so many things from him. My love and prayers are with you all.

  • Ray and Lorri Newitt

    What a loss for the Sparks family and everyone that knows and loves them. Deepest sympathy to you all. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult and sad time.

  • To the family, we send our deepest condolences. So shocked to hear of Kolby’s accident and passing, our prayers are with all of you.
    We are proud to have known Kolby. Whether on motorcycle rides or the few times we flew together, we always enjoyed his presence.
    Rest in peace my friend…… until we meet again.

  • My sincere condolences to the family. I have wonderful memories of Kolby and will always remember working with him. Such a loss to us all. RIP, Kolby.

  • Keith & Marlene Rogers

    Marlene and I are so saddened by your loss. I enjoyed Kolby’s friendship very much. He was kind hearted and he really cared about people. Kolby will be truly missed by all that knew him.

  • Sue Follett Hughes

    Mike and I send our condolences and offer our deepest sympathy to you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  • Laura Munaris - Familia Munaris

    Acabo de enterarme de que falleció Elder Sparks, el misionero que encontró una familia de Oro en Perú, como siempre nos decía, y nos llego a bautizar en nuestro Amado Barrio Chimú. Mi más sentidas condolencias para la Familia Sparks, Elder Sparks fue un maravilloso misionero, y fue un gran amigo para nuestra Familia. Mis oraciones y fortaleza para Sua amada esposa y maravillosos hijos.

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