FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lee Charles Saunders

Lee Charles Saunders


The family of Lee Charles Saunders invites all to join them in prayer “for one who is gone too soon.”

Lee was called to be with the Lord on Jan. 13, 2018, at the age of 59.

He was born May 20, 1958. He arrived in Sitka 17 years ago, and had called it home ever since.

Lee, his family said, was “one of God’s rare miracles. He truly loved unconditionally.”

He was a talented artist – he really loved his music, and playing the guitar. “His artistry is shown all over this island, with many homes and places he put his touch on,” the family said.

Over the last couple of years he enjoyed catching and smoking fish in his spare time, and he liked football – he was a big Seahawks fan.

Lee held many jobs in Sitka, his first being with Pete Hagan at K&D Painting. He also worked bartending at the American Legion, and helped anyone with anything – he had a big heart.

As a member of the American Legion he took pride in helping with the upkeep. He loved the kids, and he played Santa Claus for Christmas; the Easter Bunny on Easter; dressed up and handed out candy at Halloween; and helped with Legion fundraisers.

“Lee will be remembered in the hearts of all who knew his kind and gentle soul,” family members said. “His love for life will be carried on by those who survive him.”

Lee will join his mother, Virginia Louise Yost Haley, and his father, Gerald Alan Saunders, as the angels take him home.

He is survived by his sister, Diana Fulps, of Vancouver, Wash.; brothers Ronald Saunders of Vancouver, Ricky Saunders of Olympia, Wash., Larry Saunders of Tumwater, Wash., and Danny Yost of Orlando, Florida; and his sister-in-law, Kathy Rozier, of Sitka.

“Uncle Lee” also is survived by many nieces and nephews, who will miss him.

A celebration of Lee’s life will be held 1 p.m. Feb. 24, at the American Legion Post 13.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Kathy Rozier, C/O American Legion Post 13, 205 Lincoln St., Sitka, AK 99835.



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