David “Sparky” Truax Memorial Scholarship
December 18, 1961 to December 23, 2011
After graduating from Texas A&M University, class of 1984, Sparky served in the United States Army. Although he was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and loved his time at A&M, Sparky fell in love with Colorado while working the ski lifts in Steamboat Spring, which he did for over a decade. He chose to give back to his Steamboat Springs community by joining the volunteer fire department which turned into his passion and a pursuit as a career firefighter. Following his time at Steamboat, he served as a firefighter and paramedic for South Metro Fire/Rescue.
Sparky did things on his own schedule, getting a late start on reaching a number of his life milestones. He married Kathryn in his mid-thirties. Sparky did not have his daughter, Izabelle, and son, Davis, until he was 43 and 46 respectively. When he went through the fire academy at age 40 he was, at that time, the oldest cadet ever to complete the academy. After years on the job, he volunteered to go through the grueling regimen of paramedic academy.
According to his friends, Sparky’s late start didn’t stop him from enjoying himself. His firefighter schedule meant that he was often a stay-at-home dad. He would ride the RTD light rail into downtown Denver with Izze or Davis. They often went to the Tattered Cover Bookstore where they would enjoy a cup of coffee and browse the books before returning home.
Sparky was learning to play the bagpipes which were also a part of his unorthodox parenting. Every morning after Kathryn left for work it was time for Sparky and his kids to “Rock Out,” which meant dancing around to bagpipe punk rock. Sparky was a loving and devoted husband and father, a beloved brother and uncle, and will be remembered for being a loyal and dedicated friend to everyone he met.
David “Sparky” Truax, a firefighter and paramedic for South Metro Fire Rescue for ten years tragically died on the morning of Friday, December 23, 2011 days after his 50th birthday.
Sparky made a difference in so many peoples’ lives both in his professional career and in his personal life. His family and the Foundation want to allow his spirit to grow in other young people so that they may continue the cycle making a positive difference in the lives others. 2017 Sparky Scholarship Click here to download Scholarship Application.