Sandra Morland Sparlund died in San Marcos, California on Dec. 8, 2015, at the age of 72, from cancer.
Sandra was born on June 29, 1943, in Bowman to Sandford and Mildred (Grange) Morland. She was a single child. She went to the Amidon elementary school, and graduated from New England Public High School in 1961. While living in Amidon, during grade school, Sandy enjoyed riding horseback. She finally convinced her parents to buy her a horse named Ty, and she and her cousin, Linda (Morland) Stecher, and friends all rode horseback throughout the country. Sandy loved to dance; her favorite music was the 50 & 60’s. In July 1963, Sandy eloped with Earl Sparlund and they were married in Pierre, South Dakota. After honeymooning in Huntsville, Alabama with Earl’s sister, Gladys Multhaup, the couple returned to North Dakota, during the Cuba missile crisis, where Earl worked at various jobs, including cabinet making and a little farming. They moved to Rapid City, S.D., where Earl began a custom cabinet making business. After selling the business, they moved to California where Earl and Sandy continued making custom cabinets with their son, John and daughter Kim, before retiring to Menifee, Calif. Sandra is survived by her husband, Earl Sparlund; children: Kim (Steve) Novae, and John (Dawn) Sparlund, three grandchildren, and numerous cousins. She is preceded in death by twin sons, David and Paul; her parents, Sandford and Mildred Morland; grandparents, Jens and Selma Morland and Alfred and Hilma Grange.