Reynolds L.d. Saddler
1937 - 2020
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Reynolds L.D. Saddler

Peoria - Reynolds Leon DeWitt Saddler was born on May 3, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the youngest of three children born to the late Raleigh H. Saddler, Sr. and Ernestine Lawrence Saddler. At an early age, Reynolds was baptized and became a member of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit. He departed this earth on May 20, 2020. Reynolds was a resident of Trilogy at Vistancia, a retirement community in Peoria, Arizona.

Educated in the Detroit Public Schools district, Reynolds graduated from Chadsey High School. He received his Bachelor and Master's Degrees in Education from Wayne State University. Reynolds returned to Detroit Public Schools to begin his career as a teacher of Social Studies at Sampson Elementary School where, ironically, he attended as a child. He went on to become the youngest principal in the Detroit Public Schools system at the time.

Reynolds loved education and dedicated his career to uplifting the minds of his students to provide them with the ability to succeed. He set high standards with his staff in treating everyone respectfully and being accountable to educating all students. In addition to his role as a school principal, Reynolds also served as an assessor at the Michigan Principals' Assessment and Development Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After 38 years, Reynolds ended his career as the principal of Mark Twain Elementary School after serving over 30 years at the school.

Reynolds was married to Olivia Clark Saddler for 49 years, who preceded him in death. They were the proud and dedicated parents of three children. Reynolds found love again with Lillie Jackson Saddler; they married on January 25, 2013.

Reynolds is survived by his wife Lillie, three children: Mark Saddler of West Bloomfield, Michigan; Dr. Kirk Saddler (Dr. Belinda Saddler) of Atlanta, Georgia; and Laurie Crutchfield (Dr. Charles Crutchfield III) of Mendota Heights, Minnesota; a stepson David Jackson of San Francisco, California; six grandchildren: Nolan Saddler, Olivia Crutchfield, Ivy Saddler, Bryce Saddler, Charles Crutchfield IV and Arianna Crutchfield; and sister Beverly Langston of Southfield, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his brother Dr. Raleigh H. Saddler, Jr. of Pasadena, California.

Known for his affable personality and love of conversation, Reynolds took a genuine interest in everyone he met. He was well known by family and friends for giving advice based on his own life lessons and experiences. During his career, he would mentor educators and hold workshops for those aspiring to become school principals. Reynolds was a member of the Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He was an avid tennis player, fisherman and sports enthusiast. Reynolds enjoyed learning new skills and hobbies. He studied artistic painting in his 30's and created many works of art for family and friends. He took up piano playing in his 60's and kept up the skill for the remainder of his life. Reynolds personally built a beautiful waterfront home on Welch Lake in Grass Lake, Michigan where he and his family spent many happy summers.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Reynolds L. D. Saddler at a later date in Detroit, Michigan.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from May 22 to May 24, 2020.
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May 31, 2020
My wife, Harriet, and I met Reynolds and Lillie just a few years ago. During that time I enjoyed the conversations and fun we had together. Reynolds and I shared stories about our experiences with knee replacement surgery. Harriet and I were so sad to hear about his passing. We are praying that his family is comforted during this difficult time.
Steve Doolittle
May 26, 2020
Reynolds was a college friend whom we all admired for his easy going ways and kindness. He enjoyed a life well lived.
Etna Laura Ford Ross
May 26, 2020
Reynolds was a good friend in college although we have not seen each other for many years. I will always remember his smile and gentle ways. His brother Raleigh, was my husband's roommate in medical school and were good friends beyond that time, so I always knew what Reynolds was doing from that connection. Peace to all he left and know that he will always be remembered as one of the good ones.
Etna Laura Ford Ross
May 25, 2020
He was a great person that I've known since he married my sister Lillian Ann he was a great person always loved to hold conversations when you meet him he was a loving and caring person he treated my sister with the upmost respect he loves her he loves family he will truly be missed gone but never forgotten.
Sharon Newton
May 25, 2020
Great friend for over 62 years. Reynolds will be missed by many friends. A Phi Brother.
Thomas Washington
May 25, 2020
Great friend for over 62 years. He will be missed by many fiends.
Thomas Washington
May 25, 2020
You were one of my favorite friends when we attended Wayne State. I will always remember the fun and good times we had together. Rest in Peace.
Anne Truluck Sims
May 24, 2020
Mr. Saddler was one of my teachers at Sampson Elememtary School. He was a wonderful teacher. D. Jones
Dennise Johnson
May 24, 2020
Our family had the opportunity to meet Mr. Saddler when he built his family cottage on Welch Lake. He was gracious to give us a tour of his cottage when he built it. Often hed come over to our cottage or wed see him in his boat and share fishing stories. From our family, our condolences.
Craig Harris
May 23, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Myla Perkins
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