David Wayne Sanders, 73, died March 21, 2018, at Riverstone House with members of his family at his side. He had many health challenges over the course of his adult life but, Dave was most recently admitted to Riverstone House when his lung capacity diminished and his medical team believed they could do nothing further to improve his conditions. Although we knew he had limited time left, he died sooner than expected when his restricted lung capacity was exacerbated by recent congestion and overwhelmed his body.
Dave was born in Billing to James Albert Moses and LeAnna Violet and raised by LeAnna and Elwin “Sandy” Sanders. He is proceeded in death by his parents and his sister Dixie. He is survived by his sisters Lori Weyrauch, Yvonne Miller, Vicki Gamboa, and Kathy Lazana. He is also survived by his daughters Chrystal (Husband Bo and their children), Sheena (Husband Dan), Jodi (Husband Michael and their children), his son Josh; grandchildren (Brady, Bridger, Briley, KJ, Tom, Ashlie), great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends.
Dave started his working life as a truck driver and then he moved into plumbing/pipefitting. He thoroughly loved plumbing, this took him all over the state of Montana and to Boise ID. His final years working were spent at Micron in Boise, this was his favorite stop of all “because I can wear tennis shoes to work”.
Dave’s love of motorcycles and cars started at an early age and played a large role throughout his life. This passion led him to be heavily involved at Belaro Speedway for many years. After his speedway days, he transitioned into Harleys. Dave owned several bikes and made some of his dearest friends during poker runs and trips to many scenic places like The Natural Bridge.
Some of our fondest memories of Dave would be his contagious smile and ease of making a connection with people. He enjoyed a spirited conversation with anyone even if they had differing views. After retirement, you could always catch him in his garage tinkering on his latest project and listening to the golden oldies. When he wasn’t in his garage you could find him on a Sunday watching Nascar.
The family would like to thank the University of Utah Heart Transplant Team, Billings Clinic, St. Lukes, and the Riverstone House for their care and kindness throughout his many health challenges.
Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday March 31st. Family and friends will first gather at Huntley Park at 1 pm for a brief prayer and balloon release and then at 2 pm the Celebration will begin at Paula’s Longbranch in Ballantine. Special thanks to Paula for her generosity and hospitality, and to the friends who are contributing to this celebration of life.