Wallis E. Sanford


With great sadness we share the passing of our son, brother, uncle, friend, Wallis E. Sanford. Wally was born in Duluth on February 21, 1955, to Wallis Sanford and Marilyn Bero. He passed away of natural causes on March 23, 2021 in Yuma, Arizona. He joined the Marine Corp after high school and was stationed in the Philippines. This is where his love of Southeast Asia began. He worked in the cooling and refrigeration industry from Yuma, AZ, up the west coast and into remote villages in Alaska. After retirement Wally traveled extensively to Thailand and Cambodia where he would stay for several months at a time taking in the local culture and cuisine. Wally loved sailing and dreamed of buying a boat and sailing the oceans. He is survived by his mother Marilyn, sisters Shari (Rick) Andasola, Hesperus, CO, Debbie Sobanja, Fairbanks, AK, Michelle Sanford, Duluth, MN, and brother Steve Sanford, Minneapolis, MN, a niece and two nephews, two great nieces and a great nephew. Private family services will be held a later date. May your sails be full and the wind at your back brother, you’ll be greatly missed.

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