December 26, 2003
Remembering Larry Sanford
Larry Sanford, born in 1967, resident of Ventura, Calif., until the fall of 2001, and resident of Eagle since, tragically died at his home on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003. Larry is the son of Larry Sanford Sr (deceased), and Maureen Backe (Sanford) of Ventura. Larry is the brother of Scott Sanford and Lisa Dettloff (Sanford).
Larry was a very special man blessed with a calm disposition that put others at ease. He had a beautiful smile and a genuine laugh that made anyone in his presence laugh with him. His eyes were more blue than the sky and radiated an internal peace and a soul filled with happiness.
Larry’s happiness came from the activities, experiences and love he had with his family; wife Tammy, first born son Steven, 16; and twin sons Andrew and Garret, 12. As a family, led by Larry, this family participated in off-road adventures, camping, fishing, motorcycle riding and other family activities that formed a lifelong bond of closeness that will never be broken.
As a loving husband, Larry knew no gender-oriented limitations or bounds pertaining to the sharing of household and family responsibilities or chores. His wife, Tammy, was his best friend, partner and soul mate; and he was all of these things to her and more.
As a loving father, Larry participated in his sons’ sporting events, school activities, adventures and the trials and tribulations of daily life. Larry taught his sons many valuable lessons, such as mechanical skills, loving discipline, personal character, honesty, family values, work ethic and how to have fun.
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As an employee, Larry had a tremendous work ethic. He was always on time, cooperative, dependable and extremely competent. Larry’s typical response when present with a problem, challenge or request was, “No Problem.” Larry could and did do anything he set his mind to do. When he learned something new, he not only became proficient at it, he mastered it.
As a friend, Larry was the first to respond and the last to leave during a time of need. Regardless of his personal plans, he would always make the time to help a friend. He would loan a friend anything he owned. Any time somebody assisted Larry, he never forgot to say thank you.
God came one day, far too soon, He left us with an empty room. As a husband, father, brother and son, Larry was special to everyone. Your smile, your laugh, your humor too, everyone by God now misses you. Rest in peace, we know you will, but please continue to watch over us still. We love you more than words can say, in our hearts you will always stay. Thank you Larry for all you’ve done, for giving us smiles, love and lots of fun. We are thankful that you cannot feel our pain, though without you we can never be the same. We carry you with us in all we do. We will love you always, until we rest, too.