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Howard Charles "Chip" Sauter III


1964 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Howard Charles "Chip" Sauter III Obituary
Sauter, Howard Charles "Chip" III
Early last week, my son died after a long illness we thought he had recovered from. He battled it for many years and had returned to a productive life. He was employed and was the face of his employer. His pleasant personality and caring attitude allowed him to flourish in his employment. He had his own apartment and was self-sustaining. We enjoyed a close relationship while he was battling his illness. I never stopped being his father, he always accepted it. He died a whole person and for that I am thankful. I was not present when he passed, and that is truly painful. Chip's mother, La Quita Sauter, passed away before him. He always remembered her, helping me to get through her passing. He is the brother to Christopher Sauter, and the uncle of Mason and Carson Sauter. His Aunt Diane and Uncle Ron were his favorites, and he enjoyed a fun relationship with them travelling to San Diego frequently over the years. He maintained a close relationship with a college buddy, Jerry Holder, and the whole family adopted him. Chip and his brother had a typical relationship. The stories of their growing up together I never knew about, continue to amaze me, and make me glad I didn't know about them at the time. Chip was born in San Diego California in 1964, my first son. We moved to Arizona in 1968, he graduated from Washington High School here, and then from Arizona State University. His proudest moment in later life was his employment at Home Depot and the expressed approval he received. He spoke very highly of his co-workers. Chip enjoyed reading, movies, and trips to San Diego. When I was with him, I always noticed his good heart towards people, coupled with respect, everywhere we went. Chip left us too soon, but I take solace knowing that he is with his mother who greeted him with her sweet smile and open arms. I have been left behind by both of them, and it will not be easy. I mentioned that to someone today, and was reminded I still have work to do in this lifetime, and part of that work will be with my grandsons who live in Colorado. Chip always needed a report on them when I returned from a trip to Denver. He took great pride in being the uncle of his brother's children. There will be a memorial service Wednesday, June 29th, at 3:00, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, 85255. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Southwest Human Development, Attn: Jake Adams, Chief Development Officer, The Good Fit Center for Children, 2850 North 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008. Thanks to all of you for your kind expressions of sympathy. Howard Sauter
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 26, 2016
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