Thomas D. "Sandy" Sanders

Thomas D. ”Sandy” Sanders died May 21, 2019,

Thomas D. ”Sandy” Sanders died May 21, 2019, at Willamette Valley Hospice and Zoe Adult Foster Care Home in Dallas, Ore. after a long illness.

Tom was born Sept. 16, 1937 in Rutland, Vt. to Cloyd and Kathleen (Kay) Sanders. He graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1955. He enlisted in the USAF Air Force in 1956 and served for 24 years. He also earned a bachelors in vocational education from the University of Southern Illinois and a masters of human behavior from United States International University.

Tom married Catherine (Kay) Griffiths of St. John, Newfoundland, Canada on Nov.7, 1960. They were married 50 years when Kay passed away in 2011.

Tom was a member of Knights of Columbus where he was a fourth degree Knight and served as treasurer.

After retiring in 2002 as manager of family services at Los Angeles Air Force Base he became a volunteer for the Loma Linda VA Hospital.

Tom is survived by his children, Cathy Sanders of Dallas, Ore., David Sanders of Redlands; Jo-Ann Sanders of Grand Terrace; and Ronald Sanders of Highland; granddaughter, Allyson M. Sanders of Dallas, Ore.; and grandson, Eamonn Sanders of Redlands; his brother Richard Sanders of Atkinson, N.H., and sister Carol Harney of Fair Haven, Vt.

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 10, 2019, at St. Adelaide Catholic Church, 27457 Base Line, Highland. Inurnment Service will be 12:30 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2019, at Riverside National Cemetery, staging area #3, 22495 Van Buren Blvd. Riverside. Bobbitt Memorial Chapel in San Bernardino and Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center in Dallas, Ore. are handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Hearing Loss Association of America Oregon State Association by mailing to P.O. Box 22501 Eugene, OR 97402 or online at; or Special Olympics of Inland Empire Ca by mailing to 41880 Kalmia St., #155, Murrieta, CA 92562 or online at