February 12, 1937 - January 8, 2019
Delbert Ray Sanford, 81, a Montana gentleman, a jet pilot, a carpenter, a jack of all trades, a family man, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 in Sandpoint, Idaho. A celebration of his life will be held this summer in Sagle. Interment will be held at the Washington State Veteran’s Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA.
Del was born on February 12, 1937 in Baker, MT to Roger and Nellie Sanford. He grew up and attended schools in Kalispell. Del served in the United States Navy as a pilot early in the Vietnam War. Del married Rita Sanford in 1955. Del worked for Lockheed as an engineer in California. He worked on the Hubble telescope and is said to have lost a wedding ring on a rocket headed for space.
Del later married Rhoda Mayo in March of 1984 in Reno. They lived in San Jose and later in England for 3 years. Del retired in 1993 and moved to Laclede, Idaho.
He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed playing golf on the Elk’s Men’s league. Throughout his life he enjoyed Skiing, hunting and playing racquetball.
Del is survived by his wife Rhoda Sanford of Sagle, ID; five children Connie (Steve) Mathis of Sherwood, OR, Susan (Rick) Ishibashi of Yuba City, CA, Sylvia Taylor of Priest River, ID, Roger Sanford of San Jose, CA, and Rae Sanford of Yuba City, CA; two step daughters Jenny Lopresto of Sagle and Desiree Aquirre of Sagle; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Harry Sanford, one infant sister, grandson Niko Aquirre, and step son Rex Mayo.