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Lee Washington Sanders was born 17 March 1897 in Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico to Moses Martin Sanders (1853-1926) and Elizabeth Ellen Cheney (1857-1940) and died 17 March 1989 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States of unspecified causes. He married Zetta Fern Mortensen (1899-1975) 14 July 1918 in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, United States.

Biography

Lee Washington Sanders was born and raised in the Colonia Diaz of the Mormon Mexican Colonies.

He survived Poncho Villa's forced expulsion of all Gringo's in 1912. Having just turned 15 with he held a gun and stood guard with men of the village while the women and children led the exodus back to the states.

Shortly after this he joined in the Army Cavalry (c 1914) and helped to break in horses. Soon his unit went with Gen. Pershing to fight Poncho Villa's forces which were now raiding American towns along US/Mexican border. His unit patrolled the border between Hachita and Douglas, AZ. There he helped rescued people trapped in a car wreck. Then he was ambushed by bandits who shot him in the leg. This led to his discharge from the Army.

After the army he married and had various jobs in ranching and dairying and worked on several inventions. He also worked on the Hoover Dam in 1933-1935 before moving to California. During World War II he got a job at The American Aircraft factory as a carpenter and that would lead to a major vocation for him and his son Frank and others. He and his wife eventually settled in Yucaipa, California to run an income tax business and old folks nursing home.


Children


Offspring of Lee Sanders and Zetta Fern Mortensen (1899-1975)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Ames Mortensen Sanders (1922-1922)
Val A. Sanders (1935-1970)



Siblings


Offspring of Moses Martin Sanders (1853-1926) and Elizabeth Ellen Cheney (1857-1940)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Ellen Sanders (1873-1873) 1873 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 1873 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah
Martin Franklin Sanders (1874-1957) 16 November 1874 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 15 January 1957 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Ellen Lee (1859-1937)
David William Sanders (1876-1953) 9 October 1876 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 24 October 1953 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California Nora Amelia Lemmon (1879-1931)
Joseph Le Roy Sanders (1879-1965) 2 January 1879 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 18 December 1965 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Gladys Annette Jakeman (1886-1929)
John Elam Sanders (1880-1970) 12 December 1880 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 10 March 1970 Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California Sarah Maria Jorgensen (1888-1920)
James Richard Sanders (1883-1958) 25 July 1883 Tonto Basin, Gila County, Arizona 3 July 1958 Redwood City, San Mateo County, California Adela Alday (1887-1963)
Moses Elijah Sanders (1885-1928) 21 July 1885 Punkin Center, Gila County, Arizona 10 January 1928 Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico Mary Fern Cluff (1885-1981)
George Henry Sanders (1888-1955) 13 October 1888 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 19 March 1955 Malta, Cassia County, Idaho, United States Ethel Mae Brown (1897-1988)
Hyrum Peter Sanders (1890-1918) 10 February 1890 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 10 June 1918 Burley, Cassia County, Idaho, United States Rose Anna Clawson (1893-1956)
Charles Alma Sanders (1892-1940) 25 September 1892 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 21 June 1940 Dietrich, Lincoln County, Idaho, United States Gladys Ione Brown (1893-1985)
Francis Francis Sanders (1895-1983) 27 April 1895 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 28 April 1983 Goldendale, Klickitat County, Washington, United States Esther Elmira McVey (1902-1978)
Lee Washington Sanders (1897-1989) 17 March 1897 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 17 March 1989 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Zetta Fern Mortensen (1899-1975)


Offspring of Moses Martin Sanders (1853-1926) and Lora Ann Amelia Starr (1858-1924)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lora Amanda Sanders (1880-1880) 2 October 1880 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah 15 October 1880 Fairview, Sanpete County, Utah
Elizabeth Starr Sanders (1881-1926) 12 December 1881 Millville, Kane County, Utah 26 November 1926 Henry Flint Galbraith (1887-1958)
Ethel May Sanders (1884-1957) 1 June 1884 Tonto Basin, Gila County, Arizona 1 June 1957 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah John Junior Patterson (1880-1965)
Edward Sanders (1887-1887) 19 February 1887 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 19 February 1887 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Maud M Sanders (1887-1966) 27 December 1887 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 22 March 1966 Los Angeles County, California, United States Amel Samuel Lafrankie (1877-1968)
Orson Sanders (1890-1890) 23 July 1890 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 23 July 1890 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Ellen Minnie Sanders (1891-1891) 26 September 1891 Deming, Grant County, New Mexico 7 October 1891 Deming, Grant County, New Mexico
Eoline Sanders (1893-1961) 8 March 1893 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 4 March 1961 Logan, Cache County, Utah, United States Hans Andersen (1865-1946)
Zibina Sanders (1895-1895) 20 February 1895 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 21 February 1895 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Martin Reginald Sanders (1897-1968) 4 February 1897 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 6 June 1968 Logan, Cache County, Utah, United States Sylvia Pearl Benson (1899-1978)


Offspring of Moses Martin Sanders (1853-1926) and Lillian May Jackson (1878-1942)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Brigham Jackson Sanders (1902-1981) 23 February 1902 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 30 December 1981 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Lurline Daniel (1909-2003)
Malcolm Martin Sanders (1903-1981) 10 June 1904 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 25 November 1981 Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Blanche Evelyn Clark (1900-1992)
Louise N Simmons (1916-1999)
Ezra Anthony Sanders (1906-1906) 15 May 1906 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 26 June 1906 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico
Leonard Fythias Sanders (1907-1975) 20 May 1907 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 14 June 1975 Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States Nellie Jones (1904-1991)
Alroy Roosevelt Sanders (1910-1987) 16 June 1910 Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 21 March 1987 Florence, Pinal County, Arizona, United States Hilda May Burt (1914-1985)
Mary Amanda Sanders (1912-1994) 25 November 1912 Hachita, Grant County, New Mexico 2 June 1994 Gila County, Arizona Golden Lorenzo Hunsaker (1900-1954)
Ellen Mae Sanders (1915-1916) 1 January 1915 Hachita, Grant County, New Mexico 1 July 1915 Hachita, Grant County, New Mexico


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