Carl Wayne Saunders

  • "Our condolences to your family…. Mr. Saunders was such a..."
    - Angela Nicholson
  • "My thoughts and prayers are with you. All my love"
    - Nanette Huffman
  • ""Wayne" used to cut my hair in my late teens, early 20's...."
    - Carol Osgood
  • "May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow."
    - The Costa Family
  • "Dear Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know..."
    - Pat (McGuire) Andreuccetti

On December 11th, 2013, our beloved Husband, Father, Papa, Brother, Uncle, and Friend was welcomed into the arms of his Heavenly Father. After a brief but mighty struggle with pneumonia, he left us peacefully surrounded by his Wife and Best Friend of 46 years, Barbara; Son, Jon (Jonette); and daughters, Belinda Thornburg (Jeb) and Allison Saunders. Wayne is also survived by Brother, Ron (Andi); granddaughters Kendyl Saunders and Annika Thornburg; Niece, Jennifer Peters (Ken); Great Nephew, Jack Peters and Great Niece, Emma Peters. Waiting for him in Heaven was his mother Carmel Saunders, and his in laws, Frank and Eleanor Wylie. Wayne was proud to be a 3rd generation Californian, born in Oakland on May 19, 1939 and moved to Sacramento in 1947. He attended Sacramento High School and graduated in 1957. Never one to just let life happen to him, he and his brother enlisted together voluntarily and spent 2 years in the Army. After a brief stint at Sacramento City College and Sacramento State Univ., Wayne studied (and eventually taught) Cosmetology, which became his career for 35 years. As owner of 2 salons (Kaleidoscope Hair Styling), Wayne did what he loved most...created relationships. It never took long for Wayne to make a friend as evidenced by the friends upon friends who have come forward heralding his attributes. After "retirement," Wayne poured himself into his 2nd career as a Realtor; another opportunity to get to know people and help them pursue their dreams. Wayne was committed to Sacramento Bloodsource and donated over 74 gallons of blood, via 592 individual visits! He had recently begun volunteering there, as well. Before that, he spent 5 years as a docent at the California Auto Museum, sharing his love of classic cars. This is only a small example of Wayne's community service. Above all, Wayne was dedicated to his faith and family and was an Elder and Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church and Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. He was a steadfast example of a Christian man, husband and father and everyone who knew him knew what he stood for. He lived his life with integrity, tenderness, great expectation and unconditional love. Wayne/Dad/Papa will be missed beyond words but we are comforted knowing that he is with his savior, Jesus Christ and is relishing in the chance to once again make new friends. A memorial service is planned for January 3rd, 11:00 am at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, please donate to either the Missions Dept. at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church or Bloodsource. Details on how to donate and more about the life of Wayne Saunders can be found at along with a guest book.