Joseph William Sperry

May 10, 1933April 11, 2018

1933 ~ 2018 Joseph William Sperry was born on May 10, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Died April 11, 2018. He was the fifth of six children born to Ruth Worthen Sperry and Arthur J. Sperry, Sr. He graduated from West High School. He married Fonda Miller on September 12,1958, in the Salt Lake Temple. They celebrated 59 years of marriage, and during that time welcomed four wonderful children, two boys and two girls into their lives. Joseph was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, and loved serving his Heavenly Father. In 1953, he was called as a missionary to the California mission. He served as district leader of the Imperial Valley in Southern California and Phoenix Arizona Districts. He was ordained Bishop of the Fourth Ward of the Temple View Stake from 1964-1970. Later, he served as a high counselor. He moved to the South Cottonwood Stake where he had many leadership positions such as ward clerk and gospel doctrine teacher. Joseph loved music and had a beautiful singing voice, he sang in the ward choir. He played the organ for the South Cottonwood Stake Priesthood meetings for several years. He always liked playing a duet whether on the piano or organ. Joseph was a Temple Ordinance Worker in the Jordan River Utah Temple from 2000 to 2002. He then served in the Salt Lake City Temple from 2002 to July 2014. He earned his degrees from the University of Utah, a Master of Science in 1959 and a Doctorate of Education in 1976. He began his teaching career in 1960 at East High School and taught at South High until South High closed, then went back to teach at East High until his retirement. He taught AP science, chemistry and mathematics. He taught for 41 years and worked part time at LDS Hospital as a laboratory technician for 35 years. He was a member of the 328 General Hospital Reserves for 6 years Joseph loved his family and worked hard to provide not only the necessities of life, but his example of encouragement, patience and kindness was exemplar. He had may talents. He could fix anything that was broken and did it willingly, he even helped build his own home. He was always ready to help his children and siblings in whatever they needed. And was happy to do it. He loved learning and was always very interested in astronomy. Many late nights, after working all day, he would spend time with his children teaching them about the solar system. In his honor, Joseph's name is being sent to the sun on the Parker Solar Probe that is leaving in the summer of 2018. He is survived by his wife Fonda, his four children: David, Salt Lake City, UT. Julie Ann (Mark) Varner Salt Lake City, UT. Bradley, West Jordan, UT and Susan, Salt Lake City, UT. Also survived by 3 grandchildren, Brandon Varner, Cove Owen and Bronson Sperry all of Salt Lake City, UT. One great grandchild Riley Varner, sisters Annarae Ploeger & Kathleen Nelson, one sister in law, Carol Sperry as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Arthur, whom he adored, sister Marva Rudd, and husband Glenn, his brother, Kenneth & wife Dolly, his brother's-in law H. John Ploeger and Larry Nelson. The family would like to thank IMC Homecare & Hospice for their loving care. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:00 am at Cottonwood Creek Ward located at 1250 E 4800 S SLC, UT 84107. Friends may visit with family on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 6:00-8:00pm at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary located at 3401 South Highland Drive, and one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the ward chapel. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be shared at


  • Fonda Sperry, Wife
  • David Sperry, Son
  • Julie Ann (Mark) Varner, Daughter
  • Bradley Sperry, Son
  • Susan Sperry, Daughter
  • Joseph is also survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as other family members who will cherish his memory.

  • David Sperry, Pallbearer
  • Bronson Sperry, Pallbearer
  • Mark Varner, Pallbearer
  • Riley Varner, Pallbearer
  • Bradley Sperry, Pallbearer
  • Cove Owen, Pallbearer
  • Brandon Varner, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Monday, April 16, 2018
  • Funeral Services Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Joseph William Sperry

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Frederik Dissel

April 19, 2018

Dear Sperry Family Members and Friends, I have fond memories of Joseph, Arthur, and their Father in quarterly Priesthood meetings in the Temple View Stake. Many of our meetings were at the 4th Ward and the Sperry Family seemingly always did the music. I grew up in the Arbor Ward and later was with the McKinley Ward. The Rudd's daughter Barbara Jolley was a neighbor of ours for 20 years so we saw the Rudds often. Anyway, the influence of Joseph and his family are significant and far-reaching. None of you know me, I guess that's my point: I know of Joseph and his career and his goodness from all those many years ago. May the Lord bless you during this time of transition. Onward and upward Brother Joseph.
Frederik Dissel, Mesa, AZ

Adrian & Deborah Pharo

April 18, 2018

We would like to express our sorrow for your loss. Even though we never met, one of your children (Susan) is very special to us. We know that you are exceptional people that Susan has spoken about many many times. Our hearts go out to you for your loss. The good Lord has a special place in Heaven for Joseph.
Best Wishes,
Adrian & Deborah Pharo

Karen O'Toole

April 16, 2018

Sending my deepest condolences to all of your family. He was truly an amazing man. Karen O

Jeff Birch

April 13, 2018

Fonda and family,

I was saddened to hear of Joes passing. I am so glad I was able to see him recently. You've been great neighbors..sending love and prayers for comfort.

J Mackay Birch