The Norman Transcript
January 30, 1995
James L. Sandefer of Surprise, Ariz, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at the
Del Webb Community Hospital in Sin City West, Ariz. He was 69.
Services are planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Resurrection Cemetary
Chapel in Oklahoma City. Visitation will be held one hour prior to
the service. Arrangements are under the direction of Sunland Memorial
Park & Mortuary of Sun City, Ariz.
The son of Charles and Ella Wood Sandefer, he was born Oct. 21,
1925, in Haskell County. He graduated from Healdton High School
and, at the age of 14, with his parent's permission, enlisted in the
United States Navy during world War II,serving eight years.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a master's degree in
education, he enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean
War, receiving a battlefield commission as a second lieutenant. He
went on to spend 28 years in the army, serving in Vietnam and the
last eight years at the Pentagon, retiring in 1981.
Following his retirement he moved to Morrilton, Ark. In 1984 he
moved to Oklahoma City where he worked for Abide Realty for eight
years. Mr. Sandefer moved to Arizona in 1992.
He is survived by his wife, Ann of Surprise, Ariz; two sons, David
of Norman, and James of Tucson, Ariz; two step-sons, Brian Lara of
Wichita, Kan., and John Lara of Tarzana, Calif; two daughters, Mary
Lou Stevens of Stillwater and Emily Kay Sandefer of Norman; a step-
daughter, Elizabeth Lara of Tarzana, Calif; three grandchildren; and
The family has suggested the American Diabetes Association or
a charity of the donor's choice as appropriate for memorial