Utah Sanders was born in a log cabin in Whitener Arkansas August 22, 1896 to Andrew Jackson and Dora Ada Sanders.
He grew up in Whitener and Springdale Arkansas and then moved with the family to Bridgeport Washington in about 1911. In 1913 his father sent him to Idalou Texas to buy a farm and after buying the farm his father moved the rest of the family to Idalou. They later moved to another farm in Lorenzo where they put down permanent roots.
He had his own farm by 1918. In 1921 he married Anna Gladys Woodward of Estacado Texas. In 1935 they lost the farm during the depression. He and some friends then came to California where he found work digging cesspools by hand and had two other jobs at the same time. He sent for the wife and their four children also in 1935. They had two more sons born in California.
He started doing concrete work and by 1939 he was a licensed concrete contractor. During WW2 he worked in Las Vegas and in the Santa Barbara area building gun mounts and other things for the government. After the war most of his work was in the San Fernando Valley.
He retired in 1962 in Granada Hills, CA and spent the rest of his years at their second home on the Colorado River outside of Blythe California and traveling the U.S.
Anna Gladys Woodward Sanders
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