Alton James Sadler

December 6, 1941April 15, 2018
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Alton James “Jim” Sadler of Davidsonville died peacefully on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at home after a long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. He was born in Annapolis on December 6, 1941, to Alton Taylor and Marie Sadler of Eastport. Jim was the nephew of the late “Cap’n” Herbie Sadler, founder of Sadler’s Seafood in Eastport, and Charles E. Sadler, proprietor of Sadler’s Hardware on City Dock. He was a 1959 graduate of Annapolis Senior High School. In 1963, he received an Associate in Business Administration and in 1965, a Bachelor of Commercial Science, both from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C. In 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years during the Vietnam Conflict, including time on the destroyer USS Holder. In 2007, he retired as Treasurer of ARINC after 42 years. Jim was a member of the Fleet Reserve Club, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose, the National Rifle Association, and the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was an avid outdoorsman, spending much of his free time hunting, fishing, shucking oysters, and working in his yard. He also enjoyed attending Orioles and Ravens games. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a great friend to all who knew him. Jim was predeceased by his parents and by his wife of 52 years, Donna Lee Sadler, who passed away January 19, 2018. He is survived by daughter, Rie Sadler and husband Jim Jones of Catonsville; son Will Sadler and wife Riki of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandson Jesse Barna of Davidsonville; brother Bill Sadler, of Davidsonville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be Monday, April 23, 2018 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis, Maryland. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in the funeral home chapel with burial to follow in Cedar Bluff Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, AMVETS, Civil War Trust, or the Wounded Warrior Project.


  • Donna Lee Sadler, Wife
  • Rie Sadler, Daughter
  • Will Sadler, Son
  • Jim Jones, Son-in-law
  • Riki Sadler, Daughter-in-law
  • Jesse Barna, Grandson
  • Bill Sadler, Brother
  • Also survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


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Keith Welsh

April 23, 2018

I worked for Jimmy for 7 years at ARINC. He was the company historian, a great ambassador of Eastport, a mentor and a friend. He taught me the ropes at ARINC, and many life lessons including how to shuck oysters and brush a goose blind. Jimmy always had great stories and was legendary as the MC at the company Christmas party. Many great memories. Jimmy, will be truly missed.

Kathy Mogelinski

April 19, 2018

Jimmy was one of the first people I met when I came to ARINC 36 years ago - I was fresh out of college and pretty green. He was like a dad and a mentor for many years and he is one of the best people I have ever met - he always had time for me and everyone else and was the ARINC archives for all of us trying to learn! He was missed greatly when he retired and he will be my fondest memory when i retire someday! Prayers for Rie and Will for comfort and peace.

Judith Matiz Conway

April 19, 2018

Our Dad, Cristobal used to go to Sadler's and I think that my interest in exploring and buying in hardware stores was prompted by Sadlers great display of their wares. Thank you for the nice memories you brought back. Condolences to all of the family. Judith Matiz Conway.

Marion and Butch Counts

April 18, 2018

To all of Jimmy's family which we grew to know by the joy he shared in conversation with Marion and I of how bless he and Donna were to have such a close loving family.
Our deepest Condolence's - our thoughts and prayers- Gods Blessing
Our Spring visits with our good friend will surely be in our memory forever
All of the phone and emails that we shared about everyday happening and the adventures he enjoyed with family
REST IN PEACE ----- Marion and Butch

Dan Chesley

April 18, 2018

It seems like yesterday that Jim and I were young sailors . We had so many good times, along with fellow shipmates, James (Pappy) Moore, Rudolf Jacobs, Harry (Doofuss) Whitehead, the list goes on. Now I'm the last one of the old gang left.
Jim was like a brother to me and we stayed in touch over 50 plus years. I feel such a heavy loss at his passing. But deep down I know my brothers suffering is over and that he's in a better place with his beloved wife Donna. I pray that the Good Lord will bring comfort to Rie and Will and all those who knew and loved Jim.
Jim, save a place for me on the mess deck, I'll be there in awhile.

Rie Sadler

April 18, 2018

I love you so much, Daddy. You fought for so long and so valiantly. You are my hero and I will miss you until my dying day. Give Mom a hug and a kiss for me. Tell Nannie and Pop that I love and miss them. And scratch Trouble behind the ears for me.



      When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Alton James Sadler who was indeed a born manager. He will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. He was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with him throughout his life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Jim was an individual who clearly communicated to those around him just who he was and what he was all about. Everyone acquainted with Jim knew him as a well-respected man who was a stable force in his community.

      Jim was born on December 6, 1941 at Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis, Maryland. His parents were Alton Taylor and Marie Josephs Sadler. Jim was raised in Eastport. Even as a youngster, Jim learned to be objective and decisive. His faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that he carried with him throughout his life.

       Jim was raised with one sibling. He had one younger brother, Bill. Jim had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Jim, this was a natural order of life, one he gladly embraced.

      Jim's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during his childhood. As a young boy, Jim enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. In his spare time he liked to fish, play with his cousins, and work at Uncle Herbie's crabhouse.

      Jim graduated from Annapolis Senior High School in 1959. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.

      Jim’s practical work ethic carried over into his college years. His logical mind permitted him to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. He would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Jim’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped him stay on track but often put him ahead of schedule. He earned his Associate in Business Administration in 1963 and in 1965, a Bachelor of Commercial Science, both from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C. His favorite course was Accounting.

      Jim was sociable and approachable. Because he was always so straightforward in how he approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. He enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Jim was a member of a group, his interaction worked to keep the others grounded. He wasn’t afraid to confront his friends and, when necessary, he challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Jim came to expect his high standards of performance. Some of his best friends were Martin Dresser, Joel Taylor, Ronnie Wolfe, Frank Parker, Tom Hemp, and his brother, Bill.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Jim reveled in the security of his family. On July 16, 1965, Jim exchanged wedding vows with Donna Lee Lucas at the Eastport United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Maryland.

      Jim was ever watchful of his children. He worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. He maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Jim would give his stamp of approval to their requests, as long as he could see how they might benefit. He also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that his children were properly raised. Jim was blessed with two children, one daughter, Rie, and one son, Will. Jim was also blessed with one grandchild, Jesse.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Jim was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. He was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Jim was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. He worked cooperatively and expected the same from his colleagues. In both his personal and professional environments, Jim upheld his standards. His primary occupation was Treasurer. He was employed for 42 years by ARINC. Jim was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Jim was a Navy veteran. His sense of duty helped lead him into the military where his understanding of rank, his willingness to abide by rules and regulations and his desire to follow orders was admired by his fellow service men and women. He served from 1966 to 1970, with two additional years in the Reserves. His last major duty assignment was on the USS Holder (DD-819) in the Atlantic Fleet. Jim served during the Vietnam Conflict. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. He received several awards recognizing him for his heroism, including a National Defense Service Medal.

      Jim approached his leisure time in the same manner that he approached his life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, he appreciated the hours he was able to devote to his various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting, fishing, shucking oysters, working in his yard, traveling, attending country music concerts, and spending time with his family.

      Playing by the rules was a natural thing for Jim to do in life and that carried over to his enjoyment of sports. He also was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, baseball, basketball, and hockey.

      Being generous with his time and energy, Jim liked to belong to a variety of groups and organizations. He was a vocal leader who enjoyed being a part of things. His desire to uphold traditions and his ability to take charge of any type of project made him a tremendous asset. Throughout his later years, Jim was an active member of the Fleet Reserve Club, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, American Legion, Loyal Order of Moose, the National Rifle Association, and the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

       Politically, Jim was a strong supporter of the Republican Party. .

      As someone who placed a high value on showing gratitude, Jim could graciously accept a “thank you” extended to him by those he helped. However, individual recognition wasn’t a motivating force for Jim; rather, when he saw that there was a need to get something done, he was more than willing to give his time and energy in order to see it accomplished. His most prestigious award was the Chairman's Award for Career Achievement at ARINC.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Jim used his scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. Favorite vacations included Arizona, Ocean City, Hawaii, Tahiti, fishing in Alaska, and multiple cruises.

      Jim was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Jim’s favorites was Trouble, a black Labrador Retriever. They were best friends for 16 years. Over the years, he had other dogs and as a child, pet squirrels.

      When Jim’s retirement finally arrived in 2008, he was well prepared. In retirement, he found new pleasure in spending more time hunting, fishing, working in the yard, and traveling. In many ways, Jim loved retirement. It provided him with the opportunity to catch up with his friends, attend functions and group outings, and tackle new interesting activities.

      Jim passed away on April 15, 2018, at home in Davidsonville, Maryland. He fought a brave 13-year battle against cancer. He is survived by his children, Rie and Will; his grandson, Jesse; and his brother, Bill. Services were held at John M. Taylor Funeral Home. Jim was laid to rest in Cedar Bluff Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

      All who knew him would agree that Jim was a pillar of the community. He lived his life with his feet firmly on the ground. He had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in his thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. He was willing to share his ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Alton James Sadler did his best to ensure that his family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life he touched was given the chance to become a better person.