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Dorset Sanford – March 16, 2017

Sanford ObitDorset Sanford, 83, of Santa Fe, NM, passed away in Amarillo, TX on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, 2017, in Llano Cemetery with Dr. Murray Gossett, associate pastor, First Presbyterian Church officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Dorset was born June 21, 1933, in Amarillo, to H. Elliott and Margaret Sanford.  He was a rancher in Wagon Mound, N.M.  He was a man who was an early riser, his best mood was before noon. Dorset was knowledgeable, loved reading and was a good storyteller.  He always looked sharp, conducted himself with class, never owned a computer, loved life and had countless friends who considered him to be one of a kind.  He loved horseracing, the oceans and mountains, long drives, travel and women.  He was an avid follower of politics and was very proud to have been the alternate delegate for Barry Goldwater during his presidential run.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Susan Sanford Mount; and a son, Selwyn McQuin “Mack” Sanford.

Survivors include his children, Debbie A. Slaughter, of Frisco, Kathryn Sanford Potts, of Amarillo, and Albert Yates Sanford of Santa Fe, a stepson, Rusty Tomlinson, of Amarillo; a stepdaughter, Terri Tomlinson Barker, of Amarillo; and grandchildren, Dawn Thomas Inman, Angela Harris, Morgan Sanford Marshall; and Snow Sanford Judelson; and 10 great-grandchildren.


  • Eve Travelstead Posted March 16, 2017 9:53 pm

    I am so happy I got to know and love Dorset! My best friend, one of his daughters, Deborah Slaughter, introduced me to Dorset many years ago, and I instantly knew how magical his personality was! He was fascinating, charming, funny, fun-loving, and just an all-around wonderful person! I’ll miss talking to him as Debbie and I head north for our overnight adventures! Dorset was always cheering for us to get lucky (he knew we would)! I pray for eternal rest and peace for Dorset. I love you Dorset!

  • Kathleen Posted March 17, 2017 12:22 am

    Thinking of you all.

  • Michelle Posted March 17, 2017 1:20 pm

    My sincere condolences to you. May these promises bring comfort and strength in this time of sorrow. Jehovah God is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are discouraged. And he will wipe away the tears from all faces. Psalm 34:18; Isaiah 25:8 NWT. Your Grandfather will be missed. Peace be with you.

  • ellen sills levy Posted March 17, 2017 7:12 pm

    I was so fortunate to have Dorset Sanford as my dear friend. I’m so grateful that Linda and Jimmy Cohen introduced us. Dorset was fascinating, smart, worldly, down-to-earth, witty, wise, caring and loyal. He was always a true gentleman. He loved fun. I will certainly miss him and our conversations about politics where we always laughed about never agreeing. I will also miss our bets on the Yankees versus the Red Soxs. And, today I missed his annual call about St. Patrick’s Day.
    Dorset, may peace be with you, eternally.

  • Alan Lerner Posted March 18, 2017 4:10 pm

    Dorset Sanford was one of the most interesting and fun people I have ever known. He was a great person to argue politics with, whether we agreed or not. I always looked forward to the lunch that he and a bunch of his friends had on Mondays, always with good humor, here in Santa Fe where he reigned supreme. We used to play tennis together for many years until he had to stop. It was a joy to play against his huge hands looming at the net. We will cherish his memory.

  • jo ferdinand Posted March 18, 2017 7:27 pm

    My husband and I enjoyed going to the races at Santa Fe Downs. Dorset made our Sundays at the races even more enjoyable.
    God’s peace Dorset.

  • Rich Cohen Posted March 18, 2017 11:15 pm

    From the first time he drawled that my serve “sounded like it was in,” Dorset held a special place in my heart. I will always remember the curl of his grin and the twinkle in his eye when he engaged in the light-hearted banter I enjoyed so much. He was funny, caring and a perfect gentleman. He was wonderful with my children, a dear friend to my parents, and in particular, a partner in crime with my father. I feel honored to have known him, and I will miss him very much. Peace be with you. With love and friendship,
    Rich Cohen

  • Marla G Kokesh Posted March 19, 2017 11:39 am

    Dorset you will be missed! Always a true gentlemen with a twinkle in your eyes and a story to share. Loved you over the years and will miss sharing horse stories. May you Rest In Peace.

  • Wolf Puckett Posted March 19, 2017 1:19 pm

    Dorset was a best friend of my Dad Hunter (same age). He was very generous, even creating the opportunity for me to work in merchant banking in Sydney two years when I was 19! Also he hosted my rehearsal dinner at his stunning Santa Fe mountainside home 32 years ago, after the horse racing. Dorset was wise–his favorite saying of mine: “Fast pay makes fast friends” . . . . Cheers to a great life Dorset! –Wolf Puckett

  • Beth Ann Kennedy Posted March 19, 2017 10:19 pm

    It was my profound joy to know and spend hours and hours with Dorset. Most of all he was a dear friend but I was also graced to have him as a confidant, fan and business client. My granddaughter Kaila, Callie the dog and I treasured every moment we spent with him and still hear his laughter and tales of adventure in our ears. He had a right long journey and I believe it is going on. Cheers to you dear man.

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