Samuel Quentin Sparks, a farmer and
lifelong resident of Lincoln passed away on November
15, 2020 at the age of 73 at Abraham Lincoln
Quentin is survived by his wife, Mary Beth Sparks
(née Shea), his son Samuel William Sparks (Alicia
Sparks), and grandson Samuel Jack Sparks. He was
preceded in death by his parents, numerous beloved
relatives, several dear life-long friends and many
beloved canine family members.
Quentin was born on May 3, 1947 in Lincoln to Samuel
and Clara Belle (née Holmes) Sparks. He served as a
Sergeant in the Air National Guard 183rd Tactical
Fighter Group from 1965-1971. The love of his life
was Mary Beth, and they married on May 8, 1971, just
before finishing that season’s spring planting. A
good steward of the soil, Quentin was a
conservationist who enjoyed each year’s planting and
harvest cycles alongside long-term helpers and
friends. His love for the outdoors was also evident
in his hobbies, which included fishing, hunting, and
spending time outdoors enjoying wildlife.
He was also a good steward of his community,
continuing to serve Logan County throughout his
life. He served as a board member of the Mount
Pulaski Farmer’s Elevator and the Old Union Cemetery
of Lincoln. His service as Secretary of the Lincoln
College Board of Trustees was recently recognized
with Trustee Emeritus status. He was also a member
of the Elks, American Legion, and the Trinity
Episcopal Church in Lincoln.
Quentin’s generosity was evident to
all who knew him; he was admired for his honesty and
candor. A loyal and caring friend, he knew few
strangers and inspired laughter to those around him.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He enjoyed 49 wonderful years of marriage with Mary
Beth, and his family was a source of true joy for
A private family interment will be held at the Bower
Templeman Cemetery; no memorial service or funeral
will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that
donations be made to Lincoln College.
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