Saunders, John W. (Bill)
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6/11/1928 - 1/11/2013. Bill was born in Bisbee AZ and grew up in Tucson, graduating from Tucson HS (46) and UofA (51). He was an avid Wildcat, and patriotic American serving as an officer in the US Navy during the Korean War including two combat cruises on the heavy cruiser USS St. Paul(CA73). He retired as a Material Manager from Motorola Scottsdale, in 1992 and has since resided in Sun City Oro Valley. His passions were reading, hiking the trails of his beloved state and camping in the White Mountains. Preceeded in death by his parents John and Maude (Kirkland) Saunders, he is survived by the love of his life and wife of 30 years, Patricia (Conlin), his children of whom he was so proud, son Dr.William R Saunders (Sue Noel), Sedro-Woolley WA, and daughter Melissa Braun (Brad) of Ftn Hills AZ Plans for a spring burial at National Veterans Cemetery, Cave Creek AZ are pending. Please visit and "like" his Facebook Community page (John William Saunders Memorial Page). Donations may be made in Bill's name at Youth on Their Own, www.yoto.org/donate or Paw Placement, www.pawplacement.org/honor. Arrangememnts entrusted to Adair Funeral Homes Avalon Chapel (520) 742-7901
Published in The Arizona Republic on January 20, 2013