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Larry Kay Sanders

07/22/1952 — 01/27/2010

From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Richland, WA

Larry Kay Sanders

Larry K. Sanders

Larry K. Sanders arrived in this world, and departed from it, at Kadlec Hospital, in Richland, Washington. He was 57.

He was born to Kenneth and Dorothy Sanders, on July 22, 1952.

Larry lived a happy childhood in Kennewick, Washington. Although he experienced some health challenges early on, he grew into a strong young man. By the time Larry reached 8th grade, he was already on the first string football, wrestling, and track teams. In 9th grade, he was a weight lifter, bench pressing over 200 pounds. As a sophomore and throughout his high school years, Larry was a star running back on Kennewick High School's football team. He graduated in 1971.

Larry's employment career included operating cranes for the Neil F. Lampson, Co., laying flooring for another local business and logging in Alaska.

Larry attended Washington State University, and received his Sociology Degree in the mid-nineties. His favorite job was working as a juvenile counselor. He had a wonderful rapport with young people.

Larry loved life, and was determined to live it, in the time that he had. He enjoyed any and all physical activities, such as snow skiing, and water skiing. He especially looked forward to camping and fishing trips with his family.

The Cathedral of Joy was Larry's church home. He was always receptive to prayer, discussion of spiritual truth, and recognized God as an active presence in his life.

Larry will be missed by many friends, and acquaintances, but most of all, his family. These include his mother and father, Kenneth and Dorothy Sanders, his older brother, Sandy and wife, Rhoda, his sister Karen and brother-in-law, Todd Newhart all of Kennewick. He also leaves behind his younger brother, Mike Sanders of Salem, Oregon. Other family members include 6 nieces and 4 nephews and 9 great nieces and 6 great nephews, his long time companion, Valerie Johnson, and her family.

The celebration of Larry's life will be held at 2:00pm, Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the Cathedral of Joy. The church is located at the absolute end of Gage Blvd., in Richland, Washington.

Donations in Larry's name, to the Kadlec Foundation, will be welcome and appreciated.

Larry, your family loves you, and will never forget the times that God allowed us to spend with you, on this side of heaven.

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  • Was so sorry to hear that Larry had passed. He was such a sweetheart in highschool. I know his family will miss him dearly. Bless you.

    debra richardson-wright
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Larry was a part of my life many, many years ago. We dated through high school and a few years after, but he was more than my boyfriend but my best friend during those years.. He always made me laugh- he has a wonderful sense of humor, just made me happy that I was me. Yes, my high school years are pleasant memories. I am so thankful he was a part of my life.. he was an instrument not only bringing me to Christ, but my entire family. Little did I know that the blonde with such a great smile would have such an impact in my life. Now, because of Christ, we are thankful knowing that this is not good bye but til we meet again.

    Gretchen Freund Nece
    November 4, 2014
    The, Woodlands, TX, US
  • Dear Family,

    I am genuinely filled with sorrow at the passing of Larry. Larry and I were good friends through high school and beyond. We played football together at KHS and shared many times fishing together. He was an excellent human being and always had a smile for all he greeted. Please accept my sincere condolences and may God bless your family during this troubling time. Larry will be in my prayers as well as your family. My memory of Larry will always be as ” J-Rocket squirrel” star running back of the 1970 Championship Kennewick Lions.

    Kirk Thomas
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Sad to see this happen to anyone let alone someone who devoted his time with such worthwhile dedication. May you rest in peace.

    Peter McMillin
    November 4, 2014
    Golden, CO, US
  • I remember Larry as a happy and kind person. He seemed to always have a smile and a contentedness about him. I always remember being at ease when I was around Larry. I know the Sanders family is looking forward to seeing and talking with Larry again.

    Jim Lakey
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewic, WA, US
  • I have many happy childhood memories of all my cousins including Larry playing together at our weekend family get togethers. Later in life he was such an inspiration with his zest for life in spite of his health problems. I will always think of him fondly.

    Linda Bell
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • I met Larry in 1967, played football and graduated high school with him. I remember him as a great inspiration athletically and in other ways. I’m sad to hear of his passing.

    Gary Jennings
    November 4, 2014
    Hesperia, CA, US
  • I remember going to school with Larry and he and I being in the same classes. Larry was very funny. He used to tease me when he sat behind me in grade school. My sympathy to all.

    Karen Riedel
    November 4, 2014
    Palouse, WA, US
  • Larry and I became friends in the 6th grade and I knew by the way he could make that jump rope “sing” he had a promising future as an athlete. Seeming him a handful of times thru the years was always like talking to that same young boy in grown-up version that still had a zest for life and goals that were still in the dream stage. Hills behind him but mountains ahead yet. I didn’t have much opportunity to see the spiritual side of him that I am sure has him on the right side of Heaven because for the longest time I was on the wrong side. Now we will see each other again, though, my friend. God bless and keep you.

    Murrel Petry
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
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