Mitchell Loren Gandy was born on Jan. 1, 1957, in Reserve, New Mexico, and died Oct. 18 2013.
He is survived by his wife Peggy Gandy of Hazard and parents Roy and Barbara Gandy of Royston, Ga. He has one sister, Beverly Steffel of Chesapeake, Va., and one brother, Don Gandy of Sydney, Australia. He left behind one daughter, Lela Gandy of Athens, Tn., and sons Brad and Mark Gandy of Madisonville, Tn. He also had two step-daughters, Sasha Hendon and husband Roger of Hazard, and Ashley Miller of Lexington. He has one grandson, Noah Warf, three step-grandchildren, Brittney and Blake Hendon and Madison Miller, all of Hazard. He also leaves a host of friends all over the United States who were affected by his outstanding love and devotion for others.
He was a graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in forestry. He remained a Bulldog fan the rest of his life. Mitch went to work with the U.S. Forest Service after graduation, working on a research team out of the regional office. He later worked on National Forests in Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In Tennessee he was assistant district ranger, and in Kentucky he was district ranger of the Red Bird District of the Daniel Boone National Forest. He was employed at the time of death as fire management and control officer. Mitch was an outstanding forest firefighter. He was on the regional fire team that was dispatched to large fires on several National Forests in the United States.
In addition to being an outstanding forester with a love of the outdoors and the forests, Mitch had an interest in working with children. He was a long time soccer coach and referee in Etowah, Tn. He was also a coach on T-ball for several years.