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SANDERS, Mark Richard (Sparky)

May 26, 1962 — December 19, 2013

Mark Richard (Sparky) Sanders passed away on December 19, 2013 with his wife and children by his side. Mark was born May 26, 1962 to John and Georgianne Sanders in Penticton, BC. Mark was raised in Keremeos, BC, spending most of his adult life in Kelowna, BC. He was the superintendent for R & L Excavating, and with over thirty years of experience in the heavy construction industry, he was awarded his Gold Seal Certification for excellence in Construction Management. Sparky loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting and music were his greatest passions. He is survived by his wife Irene (nee Meekes), son Jesse, daughter Jaime, parents John and Georgianne Sanders, brothers George, Stephen, and Robert, and sister Liza Needham (nee Sanders). Mark will be dearly remembered by his large family and many friends. To honour Sparky’s great love of the outdoors, a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at Trinity Baptist Church, 1905 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Wildlife Federation, 101 – 9706 188th Street, Surrey, BC V4N 3M2, or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank the staff of Kelowna General Hospital and the outpour of support from family, friends and the community. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences”.



Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

Trinity Baptist Church

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In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Wildlife Federation, 101 – 9706 188th Street, Surrey, BC V4N 3M2, or a charity of your choice


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The service for SANDERS, Mark Richard (Sparky) is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Trinity Baptist Church

1905 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Tim Gerein says:

    You were a great person to know sparky,23yrs we worked side by side,quad together and shared a history of laughs.I will miss you,good bye my friend. MY heart goes out to the sanders family.

  • Sandy kraft and tony Krause says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. We have known Sparky for many years. He always had a story to tell and was so passionate about his hunting. Sparky will be missed by all who knew him in the underground construction business and it was a shock to hear of his passing.

    • Colleen Freeman says:

      My deepest heartfelt condolences to all of Mark’s family. I am so sorry to learn of this loss just recently. I knew Mark in high school and have very fond memories of a kind, gentle, funny and sweet man. I am saddened by the loss of such a beautiful soul . Rest in Peace, dear friend. ❤

  • Access Dental Centre says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Mark! Deepest condolences from all of us at Access Dental Centre.

  • Scott Trerice says:

    Interior Testing Services would like to express our condolences to Sparky’s family and friends. We have worked along side Sparky for many years on numerous projects around the valley. Sparky always welcomed you onsite with a smile and had you leaving the site laughing. Always personable and the work was first class. RIP Sparky, you’ll be missed and remembered at ITSL!

  • Joe Morrissey & wife Nancy says:

    Great Guy to work with Always treated others with respect
    Sad to have someone so young go so early He will be missed

  • Gerald Gaskell says:

    Our deepest condolences to Sparkys family, I had the very best of hunting time s with you buddyboy, we had a lot of laughs together , I’ll miss having a beer or two and all the hunting, RIP Spark, Gerry Gaskell and Christine Fisher

  • Tami Hodgins says:

    Sorry to hear about Sparky, my Dad Lyle worked with him at R&L. He was a great guy.

  • Dave 'n Karie Hay (nee O'Brien) says:

    Irene.. Jesse ‘n Jaime

    Please accept our heartfelt condolence with the loss of the one.. the only.. “Sparky”…

    We will miss him…..

  • Rita Irvine says:

    Irene, am so sorry to hear of Mark’s passing. Hope your fond memories will bring comfort to you and your family.

  • Marilea Sharpe says:

    Irene, I was so shocked to read this in the newspaper. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are going to you and your kids. I do have photos of when you all lived in Rutland so long ago. Please contact me when you can, 250-868-9188 (email MarileaSharpe@gmail.com. Hugs and love being sent, Marilea

  • Mike Witham says:

    Mark (Sparky) worked with us on the blasting for a lot of years now. He was organized, cheerful, upbeat and positive. Always made things work out. Very sorry for your loss. He was a real good man.

  • Steve Metz & family says:

    Been sparky’s Nieghbour for over a decade
    Gonna miss sharing the occasional pint, quading, hunting and everything we did up here on the mountain together

    Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you during the last few months and as you make your way onward from here

    I attached the last photo I took of sparky

    We’re all missing him on the mountain

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