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Steven Lindy "Steve" Sandlin

January 14, 1949 - April 8, 2011
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Steven Lindy Sandlin was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in both his approach to life and in his various relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of "stick-to-it" attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Steve was realistic about life and was always at the ready, prepared to take on any responsibility that faced him.       Steve came into the world on January 14, 1949. He first greeted the world at Kadlec Hospital in Richland, Washington where he grew up. Steve experienced many things while growing up including winning $10.00 for an "Identify This Farm" contest in the local newspaper for identifying his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Harvey's farm picture in the newspaper. Steve got his picture published in the newspaper for winning this contest. He was the son of Lindy and Dean Sandlin. His dad influenced his love for hunting and fishing, and he really enjoyed his mom's home cooking. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.     Steve was raised with three siblings, Bev, Norm and Don. He was the type of person who seemed to be constantly involved in activities with the other members of his family.       ...
Steven Lindy Sandlin was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in both his approach to life and in his various relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of "stick-to-it" attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Steve was realistic about life and was always at the ready, prepared to take on any responsibility that faced him.

      Steve came into the world on January 14, 1949. He first greeted the world at Kadlec Hospital in Richland, Washington where he grew up. Steve experienced many things while growing up including winning $10.00 for an "Identify This Farm" contest in the local newspaper for identifying his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Harvey's farm picture in the newspaper. Steve got his picture published in the newspaper for winning this contest. He was the son of Lindy and Dean Sandlin. His dad influenced his love for hunting and fishing, and he really enjoyed his mom's home cooking. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

    Steve was raised with three siblings, Bev, Norm and Don. He was the type of person who seemed to be constantly involved in activities with the other members of his family.

       Steve's grandparents were Bun and Alta Bush and Bessy and John Sandlin. Steve was close to other relatives as well; Steve's extended family included his cousins: Alan, Jay, Barb, Marg, Brian, Jan, Jim, Marylee, Linda, Bunky, Harvey, and Walt. He enjoyed Memorial Day picnics, fishing, camping, and hunting with his cousins.

   
Steve spent his early school years at Jason Lee Elementary. Steve won many track and field awards in Elementary School and many basketball awards in Junior High and Senior High. In Senior High, Steve won an award for the most valuable player in basketball.

    He was a member of Cub Scouts, 4-H Club for horses, and the Church Youth Group. As a child, he played baseball and basketball. His hobbies included riding horses, hunting and fishing. As a child, Steve loved playing cards and a favorite card game that the kids would play was called "Rook" and this was a game that he would often play with his cousins.

       Steve was somewhat reserved about his relationships, but those who became his friends understood that he was true and loyal. His childhood friends included Bob Wittalla, Steve Panther, Louis Yesberger, and Kenny DeVine. Many times Steve would go duck hunting with Steve Panther. Pets were an important part of Steve’s life, especially when it came to his horse, Diamond; which was a great show horse and barrel racer. He also loved his springer spaniel, "Abe," who was a wonderful bird dog! His pets were amazing and Steve very much appreciated being in their company, as they did his. What a beautiful way to grow up with all that unconditional love. Steve loved to travel to places like going fishing at Westport. He also enjoyed hiking and camping in the Cascade Mountains in the great state of Washington.

     Steve graduated from Columbia High School in 1967. He very much admired and learned a lot from Mr. Art Dewald who was a terrific history teacher and also the Varsity basketball coach. While he was serious about his classwork, he also took time to get involved in other aspects of high school as well. Steve was very interested and excelled at re-building engines in "hot cars," like a '57 Chevy. He enjoyed painting and putting on the chrome mags too. It was a masterpiece! Steve was so vibrant and intelligent and he still remained active in the Boy scouts during high school and participated in many activities which benefited the community in which he lived. Steve was involved in the prestigious Letterman's Club, which was mainly dominated by the High School basketball team. He happened to be a star player. Basketball was a great love in Steve's life! He was a natural and with practice always remained a fantastic player at the game. Steve won numerous High School basketball awards for the most points, most rebounds, best scoring average, and for the most valuable player.

       Though the teen years were primarily focused on education, there were plenty of things going on outside of school for Steve. When Steve and his friends got together, they would play basketball at just about any basketball court anywhere. Steve liked to take his High school dates to Zips drive-in. This was a very popular spot and lots of kids would go there too. In High school Steve attended the Sade Hawkins Dance, (called the "Tolo Dance"), Steve was elected the official "Tolo Dance King." Steve began to understand the meaning of responsibility at an early age. No matter what he was responsible for, he always made sure to be painstakingly meticulous. Steve learned about the value of working when he got his first job at Petty Plumbing Company in West Richland. Steve's first car was a 1956 4-door Chevy purchased from his Aunt Mary; followed by a 1957 2-door Chevy.

During his years at Northwest Nazarene College, he continued playing Varsity basketball and also enjoyed playing cards.

     
       College not only opened up a new world to explore for Steve, it also allowed him to meet many new and different people. He didn’t always click with everyone, but with those he did manage to connect, he developed trusting friendships.

   

      During Steve's time in college, he met his future wife, Elizabeth Jane Sandlin. They met on a blind date. Steve had a car, but no date; while his friend had a date, but no car. Steve and Beth's first date was at a Freshman orientation. They had a wonderful time and decided to spend even more time together.

    
       The couple exchanged vows on September 7, 1968. This marked the beginning of their time together as a family. The wedding was absolutely beautiful and took place in Carson, California. The bridesmaids were Vicki Bundy, Kelly O'Leary, Kris Galloway, and Kathy Lunning. Standing up with the groom were Dennis Downer, Norm Sandlin, Bob Sturtevant, and Bob Witala. The Flower Girls were Julie and Elise Galloway. The Ring Bearers were Don and Dan. The service was performed by Grandpa Galloway. The wedding reception was a glorious celebration that was held at the church. For their honeymoon they enjoyed traveling the Pacific Coast Highway from L.A. to Nampa, Idaho.

 
       Compassionate and devoted to Beth, Steve held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Beth, and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy, no matter where they called home. Their first residence was in a small trailer that they had to move out of in 3 weeks, because Steve was too tall. As a matter of fact, to comb his hair and see in the mirror he literally had to place one leg in the hall. Steve brought the same traditional values by which he lived his life to how he raised his own family. He was a good parent, always firm with his beliefs. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. He had two children, Jason Steven Sandlin and Erin Elizabeth Sandlin. Jason loved hunting and fishing with his father and Erin has fond memories of fishing in Alaska with her dad. The children would often fill Steve with pride and joy because of their accomplishments. Erin was on the Dean's Honor List in High School and College. Jason played County basketball, Little League baseball, and County soccer.

       Steve's family had several pets through the years which included Tishka, their Doberman, Goldie, (Steve's best friend), and Car, a guard dog. Steve did everything with Goldie. Steve even bought Goldie her own McDonald's meals.

       Steve tried his best to make sure the children were raised in a warm and nurturing environment. He was also very traditional about the holidays and vacations on which the family went. Later on in life, he was also blessed with four grandchildren, Rhyan, Gage, Maryjane, and Daxton. Next to his wife and children, they were his EVERYTHING!

      Steve greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same work ethic from his co-workers. While he worked at several jobs over his lifetime, his primary occupation was working as the president of his lumber and door companies.

       Steve ran a very successful lumber company for 28 years. He was willing to do whatever it took to get the job done, even if that meant going the extra mile. Something very special about Steve is though he was not "in" the military, he donated a satellite phone to the military; so that the soldiers could get in touch with their loved ones. They even flew an American flag over their camp in his honor. This flag and plaque in his honor still remains.

      Steve liked to experience things firsthand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies. He was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Steve always tried to set aside a certain amount of time for working on his hobbies. Some of these hobbies included hunting, golfing, playing with his grandkids, fishing, and participating in classic car clubs. The car clubs he participated in were Yenko, Sport Car Club, Team Camaro, Team Chevelle, and Lateral G. When it came to cuisine, he particularly enjoyed sweets. Steve loved country music, it was his very favorite type of music.

       Steve enjoyed watching his favorite athletes and sporting events, especially Steve enjoyed watching golf and his favorite golfer was Phil Mickelson.

      Steve was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. Steve was raised in the Church of the Nazarene; a Protestant Denomination. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Steve Sandlin left us on April 8, 2011. He passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada at the University Medical Center. He was 62 years old. He was preceded in death by his father, Lindy Sandlin. He is survived by his mother, brothers, sister, wife, children, and grandchildren. Services were handled by Palm Mortuary.

      Many would say that "commitment" is a word that best describes the life of Steven Lindy Sandlin. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from others. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.

"My deepest condolences to the entire Sandlin family. I knew Steve many many years ago when we went to Jr High and High School together. He was such a fun,..." Barbara (Gore) McCleary (Erie, CO)

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