Donald Leslie Sproul
Sunday 25th of March 1956 - Monday 30th of September 2019
Milward - Man O'War
1509 Trent Blvd., Lexington, KY
Donald Leslie Sproul, our loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on September 30, 2019 as a result of a long and valiant battle with non-alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. Don was born on March 25, 1956 in San Diego, California, the son of Evan and Carma Cameron Sproul. He grew up in Reseda, California, but made his home in Lexington, Kentucky for the past 25 years. He delighted in introducing his family and friends to the beauty of Kentucky.
Don loved his family! His eleven grandchildren were the joy in his life. He loved their visits, their songs, hugs and kisses. Often he could be found playing games around the table with as many of his grandchildren as could join in. If they were too young to play, he held them on his lap, rocking them or singing with them. He bragged often about his three sons. He was proud of their professional accomplishments, their good characters, their strong family commitment, and most of all, their love for the Savior, Jesus Christ. But Jayne, his beloved wife was, without a doubt, his most precious person in this life. He appreciated her constant care, her unending service to him and others, her indomitable faith and her mighty spirit. No other came before Jayne.
Don loved the Lord, Jesus Christ. He loved serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, especially the opportunity to introduce others to the Savior and His atonement. He served an LDS mission to Quito, Ecuador and later served in the mission presidency of the Greater Kentucky, Louisville Mission. He loved those young men and women who served with him and strived to give his best guidance. He also served as branch president in the Somerset area as well as the Young Single Adult Branch of the Church. These young people were so important to him; he wanted them to have the happy and successful lives they all dreamed of. At the time of his passing, he was serving as a Family History missionary, doing the genealogy work he loved.
He enjoyed his career in software programming, especially the years he spent at Lexmark, working on and improving their processes and products. He spoke often of the many people he respected and considered friends there.
Don kept his friends. He maintained friendships with many of his childhood friends and so many others he claimed as he went through his life. His home was always open to friends and family. Many friends, missionaries, branch members and family can recall barbeques on the deck and Sunday dinners at the Sproul home. They were always full of laughter.
Don had a beautiful voice. It was a talent he developed and offered freely in service to others. He sang in his community; he sang with his sons, his younger brother and his sister; he sang in choirs in church. His beautiful tenor voice has now regained its strength, and the choirs of heaven are blessed.
Everyone who knew him remembers his constant smile, his contagious laugh, his incomparable bear hugs, his positive, non-judgmental attitude and his warm, sincere love for everyone he met. More than all other things, these will be his gifts that remain from his life.
He is survived by his wife Jayne, his three sons, Allen (Britany), Rodney (Denisha) and Kevin (Cindy), his sister Nedra and brothers, Evan and Robert and their families, and his mother-in-law, Marian Burroughs who served him and whom he loved very much. He was preceded in death by his parents, his younger brother James and a nephew Michael.
Funeral services will be Saturday, October 5, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel, 1789 Tates Creek Road, Lexington, Kentucky at 10:00 a.m. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 5-8 p.m. at Milward Funeral located at 1509 Trent Blvd Lexington, Kentucky and again from 9-9:30 Saturday morning at the chapel prior to the service. Donald will be laid to rest in the Washington City, Utah cemetery. Details for a graveside service there are pending.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humanitarian Aid Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. https://ldsp-pay.ldschurch.org/donations/church/humanitarian-services/humanitarian-aid-fund?cde2=475
I serve with Don in the familysearch mission ,he always radiated positivity, humor and general happiness . We love and miss him and we have no boubt that he will be still helping our team from the other side.
He and his wife were so good to my daughter. Loving, fine people. We are so sad to hear of his passing.
Stephen Elbert Whitesays
I had nothing but positive encounters with Don. He was always the same. Happy and thankful for the blessings he had and quick to help you in anyway he could way before you asked. My memories of him will always be warm and uplifting. A very strong testimony of the Lord and His Church was always shared with you. May God bless his family and the love of his life, Jayne. Truly a great lady.
Seeing Don's great smile just brings back so many memories of my work with him at Lexmark. From his role as the recipient of our highest employee award, the Customer for Life winner, to the tours he gave to our customers (particularly the customers from Latin America!) , he was always just a delight to be around. Don was a good friend and respected colleague. My thoughts are with his family, and a special message of love to Rodney and Jayne.
Don was a great friend at Lexmark. When I first started there he showed me the ropes and helped whenever needed. As the years went on and I moved into other areas of the company, I would always make it a point to walk over and visit Don at least once a week. He never failed to brighten my day. He will be greatly missed.
Don was a good friend for the many years we lived in Lexington. He was the most positive person I knew and had words of encouragement for everyone. Malinda and I got to know Don, Jayne and their boys well as our sons grew up together. Don will be deeply missed and his legacy will continue. We wish only the best for his family and I look forward to continuing my friendship with Don in the next life.