Theodore Joseph “TJ , Ted” Sanders
September 9, 1935 - September 9, 2014

Surprise, AZ – TJ, died September 9, 2014 in Surprise, AZ. He was born in Dikinson (Zenith) North Dakota. A farm boy from North Dakota, TJ played football for Belfield High School, Dickinson State College and the Marines. He moved to Alaska and stayed involved in civic duties including, Douglas Fire Department, Rotary, Elks and the Catholic Church.

TJ played music on the keyboard, guitar and vocals entertaining in bands. He worked for the airlines, janitorial services, commercial fishing and became Sales Manager for Contel, in Alaska and Oregon. TJ’s true titles were, Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother-in-law, Cousin, Neighbor, Singer, Servant, Boss, Fisherman, Marine and Friend. He celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary, with Sharon K. Sanders, who preceded him in death in Stayton. TJ recently married Lee Ann Sanders, who resides in Arizona.

He is survived by children; Jay E. (Tera) Sanders of Juneau, AK., Anna K. Sanders, Paula M. Rose, Gail M. Sanders and Mark A. Sanders all of North Carolina; siblings: Donna M. (Samuel) Pasicznyk, Donald F. (Darlene) Sanders, Dorothy E. (Gordon) Fox; grandchildren: Valerie B. Rose and Claire K. (Devon) Marx. Preceding him in death, sister, Margaret J. (David, residing in California) Van Leeuwen and his parents, Theodore J. and Catherine M. Sanders.

In lieu of flowers, please pray the rosary for TJ and his family. Thank you. Funeral Mass will be held in his honor at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Sublimity, Oregon, on October 4, 2014, 11:00am. Interment at St. Mary Cemetery, Stayton, immediately following.

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