Mr. Leslie F. Sanford, 75, died Thursday, June 29th, at the Hospice of Jefferson County.
The Funeral will be held at 11am on Friday, July 7th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton, followed by a burial in Clayton Cemetery with the Military Honors provided the United States Marines. A reception will follow the funeral at the Clayton Fire Department. Calling hours will be Thursday evening, July 6th, from 4-7pm at the funeral home.
Les was born February 25th, 1948, in Watertown, the son of George Reff and Mildred Sanford. He was raised by his stepfather Howard Patchin. He attended area schools.
He joined the United States Marine Corp on April 28th, 1966. He was honorable discharged as Corporal on February 1st, 1968. Les received the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation.
On March 16th, 1974, he married the former Victoria Brown. Vicky passed away September 12th, 2006.
Les retired as a civilian carpenter after over 25 years at Fort Drum.
He was a member of the LaFargeville American Legion. Over the years he played in many softball leagues in the area, enjoyed golfing at LA Golf Course, stock car racing at the Can-Am Speedway for over four years, and was an avid bowler for over 50 years where he was a member of the 700 Club Bowling Hall of Fame.
Surviving are his four children, Cyndi (Don) Scales of LaFargeville, Pam (Brian) Solar of Clayton, George (Heather) Sanford of LaFargeville, and Les Jr. of Dexter; his companion of nine years, Jeannie Burns; seven grandchildren, Dustin, Sharina, Kristen, Katelyn, Lani, Dominick, and Breanna; one brother Claude Patchin; three sisters, Maryann Hardy of LaFargeville, Barb Tibbles of Watertown, and Louise Patchin of Clayton; nieces and nephews.
One brother Vernon, and one sister Patricia Whitmore, predeceased him.
Donations can be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street Road, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.