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In Memory of

Thaddeus L. Sanders

May 17, 1956 - September 8, 2017

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Thaddeus Lee Sanders

May 17, 1956 - September 8, 2017
Thaddeus Lee Sanders, USN (Ret), died in La Jolla, California on September 8, 2017,
after a courageous battle with cancer. He embraced life fully and maintained a
remarkable will to live, striving to "stand tall" until his last days. He will be remembered
by his family and friends for his bravery, honorable naval service, sense of humor,
charming smile, loyalty, and as a loving husband and father.

Thaddeus was born on May 17, 1956 in Allendale,...

Thaddeus Lee Sanders

May 17, 1956 - September 8, 2017
Thaddeus Lee Sanders, USN (Ret), died in La Jolla, California on September 8, 2017,
after a courageous battle with cancer. He embraced life fully and maintained a
remarkable will to live, striving to "stand tall" until his last days. He will be remembered
by his family and friends for his bravery, honorable naval service, sense of humor,
charming smile, loyalty, and as a loving husband and father.

Thaddeus was born on May 17, 1956 in Allendale, South Carolina, to Hayward Sanders
and Mattie L. Dopson. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Brenda S. Sanders,
daughters Seri Law and Amberle Sanders. Thaddeus is also survived by sister, Cheryl
Rainey; his brothers, J. Bernard Sanders (Nora) and Michael Rainey, step-sister, Patty
Dopson, devoted friends, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and (loving dog)
Jocko.

Thaddeus proudly served 20 years for our country in the United States Navy, advancing
to Petty Officer First Class. He was an exceptional illustrator draftsman, videographer
and lithographer onboard many ships and shore assignments. He graduated from
Cuyamaca College attaining two degrees.


He retired from the Navy in 1999 receiving three Navy/Marine Corps Commendation
Medals; four Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals; Navy Unit Commendation; two
Navy Battle "E" Ribbons; five Good Conduct Medals; Navy Expeditionary Medal;
National Defense Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; three Humanitarian
Service Medals; Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon; Kuwait Liberation
Medal; Expert Pistol Shot Medal; Marksman Rifleman Ribbon; two Special
Congressional Recognition Certificates, and numerous other campaign and service
awards.

After the navy Thaddeus was employed at Northrop Grumman Corporation, San Diego
and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency where he employed his vast skills and
knowledge in general engineering, mechanical draftsmanship and numerous computer-
aided programs and photography.

Thaddeus' life will be celebrated on Monday, September 16, 2017 at the Erickson-
Anderson Mortuary, 8390 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, CA. Viewing begins at 9 a.m.,
service at 11 a.m., with internment to follow at 2:00 p.m. Fort Rosecrans National
Cemetery Pt. Loma.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the
UC San Diego Health Sciences, Jacobs Medical Center for Cancer Research, 9500
Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0012.