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Douglas Lee Sanford

November 5, 1946March 14, 2020

Douglas Lee Sanford, 73, mathematics educator for more than forty years at Bothell High School, died on March 14 at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA. Doug was the devoted husband of Kathleen (Blanding) Sanford for 14 years. He was born in Seattle, son of the late Everett "Sandy" and Marian (Price) Sanford. He graduated from the University of Washington and received his graduate degree in Mathematics from Seattle University. Doug retired from teaching in 2008 as a respected and well-loved figure in the math classroom of his high school alma mater, where he made a lifelong impact on generations of students. He made mathematics a fun and achievable subject. He freely devoted his extra time to tutor and help students in need of encouragement, patience, and guidance. In honor of his late wife, Kathy, also an educator, he established a college scholarship to help and motivate many students.

Along with his loving wife, Doug is survived by his mother Marian, his brother Gary, and sister Lynn. Also grieving are his stepsons and their spouses Andy (Erica) and Jon (Melissa) Farnum, and his granddaughter Emilia, the last big joy of his life, whom he absolutely adored. In addition to Doug's father, he was predeceased by his beloved stepdaughter, Michaela Farnum.

Memorial services will be held at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, Doug would encourage you to offer an act of kindness. This may be a donation to your favorite charity or local shelter, or through simply sharing a smile to help restore goodness to our world. Caring grows exponentially.


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Ben Gilbert

March 21, 2020

I hope Mr. Sanford's family can see the outpouring of positive memories on Facebook. He was an amazing teacher and wonderful person. I remember the pictures of body builders on the wall of his classroom that he used to inspire us to flex our brains and pump up our mental muscles. It was hilarious and it worked. I didn't take much math in college, and when I went back to graduate school I mainly had Mr. Sanford's calculus classes to rely on. I continue to rely on that foundation every day in my career. Not just in math skills, but in how to treat students and be a good mentor. Thank you Mr. Sanford. Rest in peace.

dwight funai

March 21, 2020

RIP my good friend from 1st grade at Ricketts...Sept 1952 ...and class of 65.....I will miss your humor, laugh, and stories at our bi
monthly breakfasts at Jay's in Kenmore.
I dedicated a song to you by Charlie Puth.....Its been a long day but I will see you again and tell you all about it when I see you again

Joshua McColm

March 21, 2020

Mr. Sanford had to use an enormous amount of patience in the Algebra class I was in. Upon reflection, I appreciated the effort and the paitience he obviously exhausted. I only wish he could have heard or read how I felt earlier than now. Please rest in peace Mr. Sanford..you were my teacher and I am forever grateful for you effort...even though at times it was not well received by me and my overabundance of immaturity.