• 65 years old
  • Born on May 27, 1953 in Marshall, Texas, United States.
  • Passed away on August 22, 2018 in Woodlawn, Texas, United States.

Jack Monroe Sanders Jr., passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, August 22, 2018, surrounded by loved ones at his home in Woodlawn, Texas. He was 65 years old. A sixth generation native of Marshall, Texas, Jack was born on May 27, 1953.

After graduating from Marshall High School in 1972, Jack attended the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1976. Known for his love of Texas football and anything burnt orange, he continued to support his alma mater in countless ways for the remainder of his life; he was a proud, lifelong member of the Texas Exes.

During his time at UT, Jack served as clerk to Don Rives, the Executive Assistant to Lieutenant Governor William P. (Bill) Hobby and discovered his passion for the judicial system. He went on to earn a J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law Houston in 1980.

Jack returned home to Marshall to begin his law career, opening a general law practice that spanned more than 35 years. Early in his career, Jack was Board Certified by the State Bar of Texas in both Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law, designations he maintained until the end of his practice. He was a member of the State Bar of Texas, Northeast Texas Bar Association, Harrison County Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the East Texas Trial Lawyers Association. Earlier this year, he retired as president of the Scottsville Cemetery Association.

Jack had an extraordinary and abounding love of the outdoors, where he was happiest sharing time with his family and friends. He was a summer camper and counselor at Camp Fern where he taught swimming and water sports, a gift Jack shared later in life with his children and grandchildren on the waters of his beloved Caddo Lake. An avid hunter and fisherman, there wasn’t a channel, a tree stump, a duck blind, or a school of fish that he didn’t know about on Caddo.

Jack had a true passion for fish and wildlife management. He was an excellent land custodian, managing the land for the production of timber while diligently pursuing the betterment of wildlife and improving water quality. Jack shared his love for the tree farm with family and friends for many years.

Jack is survived by his wife of 24 years, Lynn Schnobrich Sanders, his daughters Courtney Sanders Hess and husband Jeff of Fort Worth, Texas, and Rebecca Sanders Allred and husband Taylor of Wellington, Texas, his granddaughter, Olivia Lucille Hess of Fort Worth, Texas, his step-children Tony Cocchiarella and Holli Schroeder of Houston, Texas, and Gina Cocchiarella Krenek and husband Brian of Columbus, Ohio, and his grandsons, Micah and Cole Krenek of Columbus, Ohio. Also surviving Jack are his sister and her husband, Beth Sanders Moore and Jess Moore of Dallas, Texas, his aunts Cody Fain Baldwin of Long Boat Key, Florida, and Dorothy Sanders Harper of Tyler, Texas, as well as Jack’s many cousins and their families.

He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, George Hughey Sanders Sr. and Ruth Lancaster Sanders, his maternal grandparents, Dr. John Browning Baldwin Sr. and Lucile Jones Baldwin, his loving parents, Dr. Jack Monroe Sanders Sr. and Mary Jane Baldwin Sanders, and his younger brother, David Baldwin Sanders.

The family is grateful to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Oncology of Longview, Marshall Homecare and Hospice for their care of Jack during his final illness.

Jack was blessed to spend his final weeks at home with his family and in the care of Casandra Bradley, Farrah Burns, Tameka Durden, Nova Johnson, Sonya Lewis, Sue Perkins, and Sheila Whaley.

A beloved husband, father, and “Papa,” Jack will truly be missed.

The funeral service is to be conducted at ten o’clock in the morning on the 25th of August 2018, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Marshall, where The Rev. John M. Himes, OSF, Rector, will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at Scottsville Cemetery in Scottsville, Texas.

Pallbearers will be Cary M. (Mac) Abney, Stuart Agnor, Hon. Jim Ammerman II, David Bradford, Albert (Woody) Gaither, and Alan Matysiak. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. John G. Adams.

Friends are cordially invited to gather with Jack’s family and share remembrances of Jack’s life at Downs Funeral Home in Marshall from 5 o'clock until 7 o’clock in the evening, Friday, the 24th of August 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jack are suggested to The University of Texas Foundation, University Development Office, Gift Processing, P.O. Box 7458, Austin, Texas 78713-7458, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, 2914 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204, Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Department, 487 Pine Tree Terrace, Woodlawn, TX 75694 or to the charity of your choice.

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