Obituary of Walter Mann Saunders Jr.
Walter Mann Saunders Jr. passed peacefully from this life in his home on Aug. 25, 2016. He got his wings and is grateful to be with his Lord and Savior.
Walter was born Jan. 25, 1933 to Walter Saunders Sr. and Fern Virginia Sutphar Sanders in Oakland, CA. He grew up with three older sisters and a younger brother and sister.
Walt graduated from Fremont High School and spent many summers with his family at Burney Falls State Park where his father was one of the first Park Rangers.
Walter served 4 years in the US Army as a carpenter in Korea and Alaska.
He earned an AA degree in Forestry from Lassen College, attended Montana State University in Missoula and graduated with a BS degree from Humboldt State University in the first class of forestry of which he was an Alumni member.
Walt worked for Southern Pacific Land Company and Yuba River Lumber Company in Grass Valley. After a number of years he decided to become his own private forestry consultant, caring for the forests and his clients.
He enjoyed flying small airplanes and driving our country’s back country highways and byways just to explore and revel in Mother Nature. He very much enjoyed taking care of and helping friends, family and charitable organizations.
Walt was an avid reader of anything historical or educational.
He leaves behind his children Dale, Lynn, Debra, Adam Schultz, Kelly Maloney Cutler, Barney Maloney; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Walt has touched many lives with his wisdom, grace and generosity and will continue to do so by the example he has led. May we all be more like him.
Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., on Oct. 22, 2016 at Auburn Grace Community Church, 3126 Olympic Way in Auburn, CA.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User