Sunday, June 16, 2013
Friday, June 14, 2013
He was born May 28, 1929 in Alma, California to Allison and Bessie Sanders. Joe moved to Shasta County in 1938 with his parents and lived in various locations throughout the county while his father Allison worked on clearing and road projects including Shasta Lake.
Joe earned money as a young boy working with his father and in 1939 was hauling drinking water to crews working on the steep slopes around Salt Creek as part of the Shasta Dam Project. Joe spent a good portion of his formative years on the family ranch near Whitmore herding cows on his horse ‘Dogface’.
Joe was a graduate from Shasta High School in 1947. At the age of 17 he managed his first construction clearing project for the Ray W. Byers Construction Company. He worked for Byers Construction until he joined the Marine Corps where he served from 1948 -1951.
Joe attended Shasta College and graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Industrial Arts. Upon graduation he worked for Atlas and Hercules explosives companies as a Special Representative supervising the placement and use of their dynamite. On January 5, 1958 at the age of 28 he was the Atlas company consultant on one of the largest non-nuclear blasts of the time at Promontory Point Utah. The blast incorporated 2 million 150 thousand pounds of high explosive. The resulting rubble was used by the Morrison-Knudson company to build the Southern Pacific Railroad rock and gravel causeway across the Great Salt Lake, upon which the railroad tracks were laid. After that project and several others, Joe decided that he was not suited for the corporate world and returned to private business joining his father and mother in the Sanders Construction Company. They were very successful and after clearing for Lake Koocanusa behind the Libby Dam in Montana, Joe entertained other adventures including fire fighting, pond and road construction, farming and ranching.
Joe is survived by his son Rick Sanders (Margaret), his daughter Cindee Denton (Dave), and four grandchildren, Sarah Sanders and Henry Sanders, John Denton and Jenna Denton Bodner (Kody). As per his wishes no services will be held and interment will be at Lawncrest Cemetery beside his parents Allison and Bessie.
Friday, June 7, 2013
My Dad passed away at 1:50 this morning. I am going to miss him so much, and I don't know how I am going to go through the rest of my life without him here, but at least he is finally free of pain and suffering.
Thank You all for all your thoughts and prayers. The next few days will be very stressful so if you could say a couple extra prayers for our family that would be appreciated.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
It is amazing how slow time goes when you are sitting around with someone who is dying. It seems as though the time stops. Yet when you go outside you can see that a whole day has passed by.
That is how it is these days. My Dad is still lingering. Mostly he is asleep. Even when he is awake I can not hear him. He speaks very softly. It is frustrating for me because I can't hear well as it is. Sometimes I can understand him but mostly I can not. Sometimes when I get there he waves to me and as I leave sometimes he will wave goodbye. It is killing me to see him this way. My heart is broken.
I don't understand how he can continue to go on. I know he doesn't want to give up, but to me it is time to let go. Although, letting go is going to be impossible for me. I am going to miss him so much.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
It's been crazy here and no time to even walk around the yard. We finally got my dad to agree to go to the hospital yesterday and go on hospice. It was an ordeal and I am so sad. It was a very overwhelming day. They got him on a morphine drip and he is comfortable and for that I am glad. He doesn't have much time left here on earth. I am going to miss him so much.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
This is what I got for Mothers Day(-: The orchid is going to be interesting. I never can seem to keep them alive but it is pretty and I will enjoy it for as long as I have it.(-:
I love the rock head planter of course(-:
Saturday, May 4, 2013
We didn't have much rain in April but we sure did have a real full field of Lupins.
I have a lot of pretty flowers blooming in the yard. I am going to say that the compost is helping those out the most this year. I wish I had got more put down, but I have been so busy with things I barely had time to do what I did this year.