Obituary my brother wrote:Joe Lee Sanders passed away peacefully on Friday June 7, 2013 after a valiant battle with prostate cancer.
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.