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Richard Earl Sanborn of Carlton died at home after a long illness on June 23, 2013. A memorial ceremony at the Masonic Lodge in Twisp, where Richard was a member, will be held this Saturday (July 13) at 1 p.m.

When their Port Orchard home was taken by eminent domain in 1980, Richard and Anne relocated to the Methow Valley, acting on their son’s suggestion – he knew how much his parents loved outdoor sports. The two skied – cross-country and downhill – bicycled and mountain climbed. Anne says that mountain climbing was her favorite, and she remembers a long class that taught them some of the finer points of the sport before they climbed Mt. Rainier together. The Methow also offered fishing, another sport that Richard enjoyed.

Richard met Anne in Napa, Calif., where her family had resettled from Canada. Anne remembers that her parents often invited servicemen, far from their own families, to join theirs on holidays. Anne was just 15 when Richard and two U.S. Navy buddies came to her family’s home for Thanksgiving dinner. Richard was impressed by Anne’s culinary skills, she says, and it wasn’t too long after that dinner that the two were married.

“We had a diverse and interesting life,” Anne says, especially as Richard rose through the ranks to become a Navy lieutenant. The family traveled within the United States and to more exotic destinations, including Morocco, Cyprus and Naples, Italy, where their son Mark (now deceased) was born. When Richard was assigned to a place without dependent housing, Anne and the boys would return to her family in California. She hopes to return to Napa to visit family this fall, “once the frost finishes the garden.”

After his retirement from the Navy, Richard worked as a financial consultant, both in Port Orchard and here in the valley.

Richard was a member of the Masons as well as Shriners International. He attended the Methodist Church.

Besides his wife, Anne, Richard is survived by his two sons Richard (Karen) of Omak and John (Laura) of Homer, Alaska, and their children. Richard’s brother Lou Sanborn had a nice visit with Richard recently. His sister Ann Bucher from Seattle plans to attend Saturday’s memorial.

Mary Bean took her daughter and son-in-law, Jo and Dennis Doyle, to the Eagles for dinner last Tuesday evening. The three sat at a long table with local friends to celebrate Jo’s 80th birthday. Mary says that the extended Bean clan also held a party in Jo’s honor in Chehalis on her June 7 birthday.