Herman Sanchez (1923-2005)
Herman Sanchez, longtime Craig and Mount Harris resident, died June 11, 2005, at the Colorado Veterans Nursing Home in Rifle. He was 82.
Sanchez was born May 28, 1923, in Tepatitlan, Mexico, to Pablo Sanchez and Maria Jauregui Sanchez.
Sanchez and his family moved to the United States in 1927. They lived in Waco, Texas, where his dad was a share cropper. The family moved to Mount Harris in 1930. He attended school in Mount Harris and high school in Hayden. Sanchez graduated from Hayden Union High in 1941.
During his four years in high school, he was an all-around athlete and lettered all four years in football and basketball, as well as playing home team softball. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served until 1945. He served as a Navy Sea Bee, Construction Battalion and a gunner on a battleship in Europe and the Pacific. Sanchez worked in the coal-mining industry in Mount Harris and Axel for 20 years, and was also a Mexican language court interpreter from 1948 to 1958. Sanchez worked as a warehouse supervisor for Colo-Ute (now Tri State) Power plants in Hayden and Craig until his retirement. He was a longtime member of the Elks, the Yampa Valley Golf Course, the VFW and the UMWA.
Sanchez married Billie Wag–ner on July 22, 1977, in Glenwood Springs. They were married for 28 years. He was a terrific grandpa and loved spending time with his grandkids, taking them fishing, camping and golfing. One of his favorite things to do with the family was to play board games and cards while camping. Sanchez also enjoyed his morning visits with his longtime friends and coffee buddies at the Golden Cavvy. He was an avid sportsman and champion game player. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, hunting and watching the Broncos on TV. He was an expert at crossword puzzles, word games and cards. He loved to quote the rules of play while playing card games — cheating was not allowed when he played.
He enjoyed camping with Billie, the kids and grandkids, and Billie’s parents, Jack and Helen Ducey. He and Jack spent many hours on Lake Avery in Jack’s fishing boat trying to catch fish. They liked to have big fish frys if the raccoons didn’t get to their fish first.
Sanchez is survived by his wife, Billie; stepchildren Jay (Lisa) Wagner and Christina (David) Browning; grandchildren Amanda and Andrew Browning, and Steve and Tallyn Wagner, all of Craig; and many cousins, nieces and nephews in the Jauregui family.
Sanchez was preceded in death by his father, Pablo; mother, Maria Sanchez; and brothers Reymundo, Daniel and Manuel Sanchez.
Memorial services were June 20, 2005, at Grant Mortuary, with Len Browning officiating.
Cremains were interred at the Craig Cemtery. The Craig VFW conducted a military service at the ceremony and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary provided lunch at the post after the services.
Butch McKune sang for the service, Dave Browning gave the eulogy, and his grandchildren lit a special memory candle for their grandfather.
His family will remember him with love, as a loving husband and companion for 28 years, a great step dad, a good golfer and fisherman, an expert game player and a terrific grandpa and brother. He will be missed by all who knew him. But his family knows that he is enjoying that beautiful golf course in the sky.
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