Ted Sanders went quietly home on March 23, 2013.
Arguably the world's greatest fisherman, quail hunter, joke teller, husband, dad and granddad, Ted was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas on November 24, 1930. His parents brought him to Los Angeles in 1938, where he cut classes to attend the opera, pulled pranks unsuitable for publication, memorized more poetry and limericks than anyone you know, and met his beloved Jene along the way.
This man, who could read anything once and have it committed to memory, graduated from USC with a 3.99 GPA, taught electronics in the Air Force, joined his father at Sanders Insurance Service, and later worked as a Realtor at Star Real Estate. He always cared more about his clients than anything else.
He was happiest with a fishing rod or shotgun in his hand, invoking a perfect dialect as he told a funny story, and encouraging the people around him with his gentle acceptance. After he and Jene moved from Huntington Beach, CA to Edmonds, WA in 1993, he said almost daily, "We sure live in a pretty place."
Ted's infectious grin, warm hugs, and kindness will long be missed. He never lost his sense of humor, and never admitted pain; he said he didn't believe in it. Ted often remarked that he didn't want his obituary to say that he'd lost a valiant battle with cancer. Well, Dad, you didn't and so it doesn't!
Ted is survived by his wife, Jene; daughter, Laura (Tim) Martin; son, Mark (Lisa) Sanders; grandchildren, Alissa Sanders, Mark Sanders Jr., Carly Meyers-Martin and Andrew Meyers.
Dr. Daniel Markowitz and his staff were so special to Ted and to our family. Our warmest thanks to you, as well as to Dr. Oz and those at Kindred Hospital.
A celebration of Ted's life will be held at Edmonds United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on April 20, 2013.
Ted had a special place in his heart for Special Olympics and any child in need. Your gifts or service to our world's children would honor his memory.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2013