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Delmar A. Sanders


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Delmar A. Sanders Obituary
Delmar A. Sanders, a native of Detroit, Michigan, died at the age of 90 on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Born January 17, 1927, he moved to Truth or Consequences as a child. After leaving high school to join the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII he was sent to the South Pacific where he was awarded a Purple Heart. After the Japanese surrender he served in China repatriating Japanese troops. In 1949 he was recalled for service in Korea where he was awarded a second Purple Heart. He fought in the battle of Chosin Reservoir where he was severely frostbitten.

After the war he married Anita Sue Fandey from Truth or Consequences in 1947. He returned to Detroit and attended technical school, graduating as an Electronic Field Engineer. He then moved back to New Mexico where he worked for radio stations in Truth or Consequences and Roswell as an engineer. In 1960 he moved to Alamogordo for an engineer position with Land Air at Holloman Air Force Base. He retired from Land Air in 1993.

In 2015 Delmar Sanders was selected as a member of the WWII and Korea veterans Honor Flight, and traveled to Washington D.C. for events recognizing his service.

Brother Sanders petitioned Sacramento Lodge in 1960. He received his Master Mason degree from his father-in-law, Zaid Fandey, who was serving as Master in Bethesda Lodge No. 64 as a courtesy with Sacramento Lodge. In 1962 he affiliated with Tularosa Masonic Lodge No. 49 where he served as Master in 1966. He was also a charter member of Mountain Top Daylight Lodge where he served two terms as Master and was serving as Master in 2017. Brother Sanders was also Past Master of Sacramento Lodge.
Brother Sanders spent many years working with the DeMolay boys and the Rainbow girls. He is a Past Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star and 33rd Degree Inspector General Honorary of the Scottish Rite. He served in numerous positions for the Grand Lodge, including three years as Grand Lecturer.

Brother Sanders is survived by his wife Anita, sons Steven (Masha) and Ronald, grandchildren Sarah R. Brown (Matt), Rae R. Lyon (Troy), Elaine Rosenberg, Rachel McArthur (Brad), David Sanders, great-grandchildren Max Brown, Jonas Lyon, Emma and Clay McArthur, brother-in-law Fayze Fandey (Sarah), and nieces and nephews Joe Zaid Fandey, Lisa Ann Astrolia (Phil), Dennis Fandey, Anita Huddock, Laura Carson (Chris), and David Fandey (Wilma).

Services will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Tularosa Masonic Lodge in Tularosa, NM, 411 Higuera Ave. at 10:00 a.m. , with a reception at the same location at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Masonic Charity Foundation of New Mexico, c/o Sacramento Lodge, P.O. Box 2365, Alamogordo 88311.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Apr. 21 to May 20, 2017
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