Dan “Baby” Saunders, 72, of Uvalde died on Feb. 7, 2018, at his residence.
He was born on Oct. 15, 1945, to Mary (Harris) and Dan Saunders of Sabinal.
At the age of four he met his best friend and future wife, Jan Donoho, and the two were inseparable until her death in 2016. The couple were married on Aug. 26, 1967, in Sabinal.
The couple travelled the country from Alaska to Florida, where they trained and ran thoroughbred horses from 1968 until the late ’80s. After returning to Texas, they owned and operated a hunting business from their ranch in Brackettville for a few years before starting a wholesale nursery business where they worked to produce oak trees, mountain laurels, palm trees, yuccas and more.
Whether training horses, working ranches, or growing nurseries, the couple were always together, laughing, enjoying each others company and living life to the fullest. The family says of all the accomplishments in Saunders’ life, he was most proud of his children and grandchildren.
Saunders was preceded in death by his wife, and one daughter, Jennifer Jill.
He is survived by two children, Scott Saunders of Utopia and Kim Brown of San Antonio, and numerous grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held yesterday at 2 p.m. at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Uvalde. The Rev. Scott Brown officiated. A private interment at Waresville Cemetery in Utopia preceded the memorial service. Following the service, the family hosted a reception at Saunders Desert Nursery in Uvalde.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Saunders’ name to the charity of one’s choice.
Rushing-Estes-Knowles Mortuary, www.rekfunerals.com