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Sanford Louis BAUMAN Jr.

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BAUMAN, Jr., Sanford Louis

Sanford Louis Bauman Jr. - husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, World War II veteran, world traveler, businessman, golfer, sailor, woodworker, pilot, photographer and community volunteer - died Monday. He was 92.

Sandy was preceded in death by his parents, Sanford Bauman Sr. and Corinne Wolff Bauman, and by his youngest child, Liz Bauman.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marilyn Levee Bauman, son, Tom Bauman, daughter-in-law Kathy Tourtellotte, daughter Cathy Bauman MacLaggan and son-in-law Jamie MacLaggan. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Erick Wolff Bauman, Andrew MacLaggan, Michael MacLaggan and Corrie MacLaggan, and by grandson-in-law Oliver Bernstein. He leaves one great-granddaughter, Carmen Bernstein. Sandy is also survived by his sister, Carol Levy, and brother-in-law, Byron Levy.

Born Dec. 25, 1920, in St. Louis, Mo., Sandy later moved to Dallas and then attended the University of Texas at Austin before serving his country as a flight officer in what was then the United States Army Air Corps. He was a radar observer for the 419th Night Fighters in the South Pacific.

After he was discharged, he made his home in Austin, where he and Marilyn raised their children and Sandy had a janitor supply company and a concrete admixture company.

Sandy's travel adventures included climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan and Huayna Picchu in Peru, swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, walking on the Great Wall of China, photographing giraffes in Kenya and sitting in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City. Back in Texas, he loved listening to Willie Nelson, watching Longhorn sports, flying his Cessna, swimming in Barton Springs, eating at Dirty Martin's Place, doting on his wire-haired fox terriers and telling outlandish stories to his grandchildren.

He spent many years doing volunteer work for organizations including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Travis County Adult Probation Department and Woodside Trails, a therapeutic wilderness camp. He was a past president of Congregation Beth Israel.

Sandy was thrilled to have had the opportunity to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in October 2013 with Honor Flight Austin.

"Life is an amazing adventure," Sandy wrote in his 2012 memoir. "It includes happiness and sadness, friendships and disappointments. I can only wait to see what comes next."

Sandy asked that there be no memorial service. Friends who would like to make a donation in his honor could consider a gift to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, CASA of Travis County, Congregation Beth Israel's Interfaith Hospitality Network project or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 11 to Dec. 12, 2013
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