MADISON - Jesse L. Sparks, age 34, of Madison, passed away on Monday, July 25, 2016, at his home, after fighting a courageous battle with heroin addiction. He was born on April 3, 1982, in Madison, the son of his beloved mumzie, Sherri L. Smith, and Randall Sparks. Jesse attended East High School and Monona Grove High School. He enjoyed gaming, fishing, RC racing and disc golf with his cousin, Chaynce. Jesse was a jokester and always made those around him feel good with his contagious smile and high energy.
Jesse is survived by his mom, Sherri L. Smith (Christopher Carlson); grandmother, Judith Weger; uncle, Richard A. Smith; cousins, Amanda Marie Smith, Chaynce and Zakari; great-aunt, Betty Summicht; and special friends, Greg Barrows, Eric and Tony "Shorty" and many more. He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Anthony "Tony" Sparks; sister, Candace Bark; and grandfathers, David Smith and James Weger.
Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Friday, July 29, 2016, and again from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. A luncheon will be held on Saturday, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m., at EAST SIDE ALANO CLUB, 1017 Northport Drive, Madison, where Jesse and his mom, Sherri, had attended their 12-Step Recovery Program together.
Substance abuse is not something to be ashamed of or hidden. It's a disease that has to be brought into the light and fought by everyone. It takes our loved ones every day! Please do whatever you can to fight the disease so you never have to feel what every one of us, who has lost a loved one, is feeling right now. We all thank you for your condolences and prayers and ask that you continue to pray for Jesse's soul, our family and those who still suffer. Our family cannot begin to express how much the outpouring of love and support we have received means to us.
Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.