Lee Richard Sanchez, born to Bernice Trujillo and Arthur Sanchez on October 31, 1945, in Westcliffe, Colorado. Passed away on January 17, 2023, surrounded by his family.
Moving to Utah at an early age, He attended Syracuse Elementary school and graduated from Davis High School in 1964. Following graduation, he went into the Job Corps. Later enlisting into the Army at the age of 21. He did his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Air Defense Variant (ADV) training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. Then he was assigned to Vietnam and served in the 1st INF 2nd BN 16th Ranger B CO LIMA PLT for one year. He received many awards, among them a Purple Heart.
Then in 1970, he married his soulmate Dorothy Borges, whom he knew when she was in cloth diapers (go figure). In 1972, on their 2nd anniversary, they had a beautiful daughter, Lisa -the joy of their life.
In 1991, he was called to serve in Desert Storm serving with 142nd MI C CO. He retired with a total of 30 years of service in July 1998 as SFC (Specialist First Class) E7. He continued to serve his country in the Honor Guard for all fallen Veterans and played TAPS for numerous Veteran functions. He also served as a local Commander for 3 years and in 2012 became a Utah State Commander for the DAV. He loved his Country and was very proud of his service.
His personality was bigger than life. He always made numerous lifelong friends wherever he went. He loved going to Wendover, playing Bingo, fishing, going on family outings, watching Fox News, the Republican Party, and McDonalds. Most of all, he took pride in his vehicles, and he was a big family man. His mischievous ways will be missed, and his generous heart will leave a big void behind.
Lee is survived by his brother, Arthur Ray Sanchez Jr; his wife, Dorothy; his daughter, Lisa; many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Arthur Sanchez; his mother, Bernice Trujillo; his two sisters, Dorothy (Joe DeHerrera) and Orlinda Sanchez.
A special thanks to all the McKay-Dee Hospital staff who took special care of him.
A viewing will be held Sunday, January 22, 2023, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, with a prayer service beginning at 7:00pm, at Lindquist’s Syracuse Mortuary, 869 South 2000 West, Syracuse Utah.
Funeral service will be held 10:00am Monday, January 23, 2023, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 210 Chapel Street, Layton, Utah. Interment will be at Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road, South Ogden, Utah.
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