Winston Neal Sharp, 86, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away suddenly into the presence of the Lord on July 20, 2019, due to cardiac arrest after years of congestive heart failure. He was born on August 22, 1932 in Colton, California to Charles and Pearl Audine Sharp. He had two younger sisters, Sandy and Suzy, with whom he shared many wonderful childhood memories. When Win was 12 years old, he gave his life to Jesus Christ. He committed to loving and serving the Lord all the days of his life, something he faithfully did until the day he met Jesus face to face.
Win attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California and graduated in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Math. Win sang in a touring Men’s Quartet, representing Westmont College and enjoyed many years of praising his Savior with his beautiful bass voice. While at Westmont, he met the love of his life, Vivian Rose Knapp, and married her on September 6, 1955. Win and Vivian were blessed with four children: Linda Roxanne Whiting (husband, Larry), Cynthia Luanne Sharp, Randall David Sharp (wife, Kathy), and Laureen Ann Seay (husband, Stephen).
They lived in the Santa Barbara area for 25 years where they attended Grace Community Church and Trinity Baptist Church. Win and Vivian have fourteen grandchildren (Rebecca Zavala, David Hopwood, Jennifer Johnson, Darius Schmitt, Daniel Whiting, Robert Whiting, Michael Whiting, Carolyn Gore, Andrew Beck, Nathan Beck, Michael Sharp, Alys Seay, Bryn Seay, Rand Seay), eleven great grandchildren (Isei Zavala, Ayin Zavala, Victoria Hopwood, Don Hopwood, David Hopwood, Than Whiting, Jack Whiting, Eloise Seay, Reid Seay, Neal Seay, Hadley Seay) with two more great grandchildren on the way.
Win began his career in Santa Barbara, California, as a research scientist with Sigmatron Company and Raytheon Corporation. In 1979, Win accepted a position as a senior engineer at Luxel Corporation in Friday Harbor, Washington, where he did contract work for Lawrence Livermore Labs, NASA, and Stanford. He fabricated a part that is currently on the moon and he was privileged to develop parts for the Hubble telescope. The first clear photographs of sun bursts and solar corona were made through ultra-thin gold filters that Win helped invent and produce. He retired from Luxel in 1997.
Win worked five years part-time as a US Customs Inspector in Friday Harbor. He served as an elder at Islands Community Church and also at Evangelical Free Church in Grand Forks, North Dakota, after they moved there in 1999. He had a real heart for missions and held regular prayer meetings in their home. He worked as a security guard at the Grand Forks Airport until he was 79 years old. Win retired for a second time in 2011 and relocated that same year to Nampa, Idaho.
Win loved the Lord with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength, adored his precious wife of nearly 64 years, and treasured his family deeply. He was a teaching leader for Bible study Fellowship, a member of Gideons International, home group leader, and faithfully prayed for those he loved to come to a saving knowledge of Christ.
Win also enjoyed working in his shop, collecting stamps, singing hymns, studying prophecy, and snuggling with his cats. Another one of his favorite past times was adding to his library (his favorite
room) and pondering what favorite authors have written. Winston Neal Sharp will be dearly missed by
Vivian, his entire family, and his many friends who had the blessing of knowing him.
Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord in the death of his faithful servants.