Donald Nichols Sanford passed away February 14, 2009 in Methodist Medical Center in Mansfield, Texas. He was born November 9, 1919 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Roland George Sanford and Edith May Lasher.
Don graduated from Hastings Minnesota High School-President of Sr. Class and Student Council. Played Football and was a night nurse in a mental facility to support himself.
Don volunteered in the Army Air Corp and spent 4 yrs. and 8 months in the service. He served in the South Pacific Theater and was the recipient of the following Commendations: air medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Mstinguishei Unit Badge, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and American Defense Service Ribbon.
Don was well known in the Printing World as a Consultant Innovator and Planner. As Southwest Coordinator for Postal Instant Press out of Los Angeles he organized franchises in 5 states. He then brought and set up the Arlington location and was on Abrams for 19 years. He originated the name “Kwik Kopy” but did not copy write it. Later it was taken over by someone else. His reputation as management trainee consultant was nationally known.
Don married Anne Elizabeth Durham Jones on June 3, 1950 in Dallas Texas.
Survivors are: his wife, Anne Elizabeth Sanford of Mansfield; two brothers, Charles Roland Sanford of Falmouth, Maine; Dean Sanford and wife, Kim of Aitkin, Minnesota; three sons, Dean Charles Sanford and wife, Ronnie of Madison,Connecticut; Michael Durham Sanford of Dallas, Texas; Donald Mark Sanford of North Richland Hills, Texas; one daughter, Jan Sanford Snow and husband, Mike of Mansfield, Texas; three grandsons, Brian Allan East and wife, Krystal of Venus; Scott Sanford of Madison, Connecticut; Nicolas Sanford of Austin, Texas; four granddaughters, Kathleen Sanford of Granbury, Texas; Stephanie East of Ft. Worth; Kelly Sanford of North Carolina; Veronika Rhed Sanford of New York City, New York; three great-grandchildren, Shelby, Seth and Shaye East of Venus, Texas.
Don was noted as a “noble” person and well loved by the staff at Green Oaks as well as the many friends of lasting quality he has made through life. He loved San Saba and we are grateful that he had freedom here to drive/walk the property and make peace with the wonders of the beauty around him.
I will see you later, Don, I love you, Anne.
Services will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 10:00 am at the Howell-Doran Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington, Texas.
Memorials may be made to San Saba Volunteer EMS or the Don Sanford Environmental Scholarship at San Saba High School, C/O Jan Sanford Snow, 914 Hilton, Mansfield, Texas 76063.
Funeral Services under the direction of Howell-Doran Funeral Home.