Sanford Randall passed away on January 7, 2018, at Utah Valley Regional Hospital in Provo, Utah, from complications of lymphoma.
Sanford Shill Randall was born in Monticello on October 3, 1961, to Ruel and Ella Nadine Randall. He was the sixth of eight children (Harriet, Jared, Julie, Todd, Barbara, Sheldon and Kristen).
Sanford wrestled, ran cross country and participated in track during his years at Monticello High School. He was a state champion in cross country and in the mile run. He served a mission in Tokyo, Japan, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Sanford married Laurie Phillips on July 18, 1987, in the Mesa, Arizona, Temple.
Sanford began his law enforcement career with the City of Monticello, and was then hired by the Utah Highway Patrol. He started his 28-year career with the UHP in Moab, but moved to Monticello within a year. During his career with the UHP, he was a dog handler and a sergeant. He was known for helping people who ended up stranded in San Juan County. He would help them get a hotel room, make them breakfast, drive them to pick up rental cars and even have some stay in his home.
Sanford spent a great deal of time with the youth of Monticello. He coached the cross-country team for a few years and led them to three state championships. He held youth callings in the LDS Church for many years. He enjoyed his time spent with the youth and enjoyed watching the kids he worked with grow throughout the years.
Sanford lived a rich life, full of the things he loved. Sanford can be called many things: hunter, trapper, fisherman, officer. But the title he was most proud to have was father. Sanford spent his life living it the way he felt best directed his children to follow his example.
Sanford was a chosen child of our Heavenly Father and his presence in this world will be missed. Through his example and direction, his family knows that Sanford and his family will be reunited again with him once again leading the way.
Sanford was preceded in death by his father Ruel Randall. He is survived by his mother; siblings; wife Laurie; children Kaitlyn Liebert (Will), Chase (Shaylyn), Loren Holyoak (Wyatt) and Robin Thatcher (Mason); and grandchildren Addison, Jack and Ty Liebert, and Ella Holyoak.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Monticello Stake Center with a viewing starting at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the service. Burial followed at the Monticello Cemetery, with rites done by the Utah Highway Patrol.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.