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OBITUARY: Vaughn D. Sanders, 85, of Llano loved ranching, served community

Vaughn D. Sanders passed away peacefully in Llano, Texas, on March 2, 2013, at the age of 85 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 14, 1928, in Milam County, Texas, to B.N. and Velma Emil Bownds Sanders.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ed Sanders.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pat Sanders; daughter, Jeanie Larremore and husband Gary; son, Mike Sanders and wife Janet; sisters, Clara Juricek and Mary Barnett and husband Prentice; sister-in-law Camilla Sanders; brother- and sister-in-law Don and Nancy Godwin; brother-in-law Jack Churchill and wife Louraine; grandchildren, Will Larremore and wife Justine, Bart Larremore, Lesa Scott and husband Warren, Natalie Sanders, Geoffrey Sanders and Audrey Wohlrab and husband Jay; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vaughn graduated from Taylor High School and married Patricia Fay Godwin on Sept. 2, 1949, in Austin. They became proud parents of two children, Jeanie and Mike. Vaughn spent most of his life in the floor-and-window covering business, but his greatest work and love was raising and enjoying his family. He also enjoyed ranching, with all classes of livestock, and raising horses. He was an avid hunter and also liked to fish.

Vaughn was a member of Cherokee Baptist Church and also willingly served in the communities in which he lived on the school boards, chambers of commerce and other organizations. He was very active in the Masonic Lodge and had been a Master Mason for 38 years, serving as master of the lodge in both San Gabriel Lodge No. 89 and Llano Lodge No. 242, in which he also served as district deputy grand master.

Vaughn (or “Big Daddy” to the grandchildren) will be greatly missed by his family and friends, but he leaves us with a wonderful legacy and many good memories.

A graveside service is 11 a.m. March 6 in the I.O.O.F Cemetery in Georgetown with Craig Churchill officiating.  Pallbearers are Mike Sanders, Gary Larremore, Will Larremore, Bart Larremore, Geoffrey Sanders and Shawn Sanders. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Jenkins, Rowe Caldwell, Bill Edmiston and Sam Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Llano County 4-H Scholarship Fund, Cherokee Baptist Church or the Llano County Library.

Arrangements by Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano, (325) 247-4300. Condolences may be sent to whhfuneral1@verizon.net or made at www.whhfuneralhome.com.