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John Sanderford

February 6, 1952 — September 22, 2023

John Sanderford

February 6, 1952 — September 22, 2023


John Sanderford, a beloved actor known for his long and storied career in television, film, and commercials, has passed away at the age of 71. He was born on February 6, 1952, in Orlando, FL and departed from this world on September 22, 2023, in Burbank, CA.

From an early age, it was evident that John had a passion for drama. He honed his craft by studying drama at the renowned North Carolina School of the Arts.

Throughout his life, John found immense joy in the success of those he loved. A great storyteller with an infectious enthusiasm, he had a knack for captivating his listeners with tales that brought laughter and tears in equal measure. As a husband, father and grandfather, John's love knew no bounds. His dedication to his family was unwavering, and he cherished every moment spent with them.

He will be remembered as a prayer warrior for everyone, always ready to offer support and kind words to those in need. John possessed a loving and generous spirit that made everyone around him feel valued and appreciated. His caring nature created a warm and safe environment where people could open up.

 John enjoyed immersing himself in literature through reading- finding solace in the written word. Sports also held a special place in his heart; he loved playing tennis and pickleball whenever he could. But his dedication to his faith in Jesus was truly inspiring. He never stopped learning and growing, and becoming the man God designed him to be. 

John faced many challenges throughout his life but approached them with unwavering determination, resilience, and faith. He fought hard until the end, demonstrating his strength and inspiring those around him, while never ceasing to praise the Lord through it all. 

His proudest accomplishments were the ones closest to his heart – his cherished family, the profound impact of God on his life, and his commitment to supporting those in need. John's legacy will endure through the lives he touched and the love he shared.

John is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Judi, whose unwavering support was a constant source of strength for him. Their partnership and marriage was one of incredible love and devotion. His children, Austin and Jordan, brought immeasurable joy to his life, as did his son-in-law Jeff. He adored his grandchildren, who each held a special place in his heart. He loved being the Captain to them. His mother Barbara, who is 93 years old, shares in the grief of this loss alongside John's siblings: Dave, Rick, Julia, Mary, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on November 25th, 2023 at Forest Lawn - Glendale - Church of the Recessional in Glendale, CA. The service will begin at 2:30 PM local time to celebrate the life of this extraordinary man who touched so many hearts throughout his journey. This event will be livestreamed.

There will be a reception following the service for refreshments and sharing at 1403 Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA.
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John Sanderford leaves behind a legacy that will forever be etched in our hearts. As we bid farewell to this remarkable soul taken too soon from us, let us remember him for his unwavering faith, loving nature, immense talent and indomitable spirit. We find solace in the fact that he is now and forever covered by eternal peace in the warm embrace of God Almighty. 


Service Schedule

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Memorial Service of John Sanderford

Saturday, November 25, 2023

2:30 - 3:30 pm (Pacific time)

Forest Lawn - Glendale - Church of the Recessional

1712 South Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205

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