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December 14, 2008

Harold Clinton ‘Hap’ Sanderson

     Hap Sanderson, 82, passed away December 7, 2008 in The Dalles, Oregon. He was born on September 15, 1926 in Parker, Wyoming to Henry Clay Sanderson and Winnie Mae (Quick) Sanderson. He was the youngest of seven children. His siblings were Esther Mae (Mickey), Jessie Wynona (Jimmie), Elmer Thorton (Hefty), William Richard (Black Bill), Joseph Walter and Hap’s twin sister Helen Marie.
      Hap grew up in Montana, where he got his nickname “Hap.” As he told the story, it was given to him by his elementary school teacher because he was always so happy! At age 14, Hap started mining, logging, ranch work and working in shipyards. He was a World War II Veteran and spent service time in the Phillipines.
     In 1948, he married E. Eudora Honea and together they raised three boys, Michael Lynn Dhabolt, Terry Clint Sanderson and Bodie Wade Sanderson. Hap was a hard worker and a good mechanic with great physical strength. The family traveled, following construction jobs through the West, but in 1956 while working to build The Dalles Dam, Hap and Eudora decided to settle in The Dalles. Hap started a business
operating his own back hoe and dump truck. He was often referred to as the best backhoe operator in the area.
      Hap helped build many projects in the area. He donated countless hours of work to build St. Mary's school where his children attended. In 1970, Hap and Eudora bought a family business in Biggs Junction, and that is where they spent most of their time until Eudora died on July 4, 1983 in a tragic car accident.
     Since that day, Hap created a home for himself in Biggs Junction. Hap took companionship with Grace Hayden and she preceded him in death in 1993. Hap took pleasure in playing the guitar and singing country music with family. He enjoyed working in his shop and riding ATVs. He was an avid elk hunter and enjoyed a vast group of “hunting” friends. He took great pride in fully restoring his 1931 Model A and stated that he kept every receipt!!
     Hap was a terrific family man and loved by all who met him. He will be missed for his infectious laugh, sense of humor and great wit. His generosity was matched only by his kindness. He told engaging stories and often gathered a crowd when one would begin. Hap was loved
enormously and will be missed beyond measure.

     Hap was preceded in death by his parents, his five oldest siblings, his wife of 35 years, Eudora and his companion of five years, Grace.

     Hap is survived by his twin sister, Helen Rodman, his three sons, Mike Dhabolt and wife Loretta, Terry Sanderson and wife Teri, and Bodie Sanderson and wife Teresa. Hap’s loving grandchildren are Lisa Dhabolt, Jade Dhabolt and wife Yeng, Tiah Sanderson Devin and husband Rich, Tyan Sanderson Swanson and husband Luke, Talia Sanderson, Ian Sanderson and wife Julie, Aryn Sanderson and Elyse Sanderson. Hap’s great grandchildren are Derek and Drake Devin, Allison and Avie Sanderson, with another great grandchild expected in April! Hap also had many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who adored him.

     Per Hap’s wishes, no service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Veteran’s Home (500 Veterans Way, The Dalles, OR 97058) where Hap lived the last six years of his life in caring and capable hands. The family would like to especially thank the staff of the “Charlie” Wing where Hap was remarkably well taken care of and loved.

Father, Brother, Grandfather ~
you will be missed!



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