Lee W. Sarty Jr.

May 5, 1930September 23, 2013

Lee W. Sarty, Jr. 1930 - 2013

Lee was born in Riverhead, NY in 1930. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in history in 1952, and went on to serve in the United States Army. He was a Major upon separation from the Army Reserves. Lee married Joyce DeGoey in 1952, and they were married for 48 years until her death in 2000.

Lee started his 37-year career with Traveler’s Insurance in 1954 in Hartford, CT. During his career he was personnel manager in the Dallas, Denver, San Diego and Brea offices. After spending 18 years in the San Diego office, he retired in 1991.

Lee was an avid sports enthusiast. He was a high school football official for over 20 years, umpired Little League Baseball, and later enjoyed lawn bowling. He served as the President of the Lawn Bowling Club at Joslyn-Lake Hodges Club for several terms.

Lee and Joyce had three children: Lynne Sarty, Betsy (Sarty) Stewart, and Bruce Sarty. Lee married Ardie (Brackett) Sarty in 2001 until her passing in 2007. Ardie has two children, Holly Brackett and Betsy Olsen. In 2008 he married Madeline (Abbate) Sarty who has one son, Mike Geraci. Lee and Madeline enjoyed lawn bowling, dancing and romantic dinners together. Lee was blessed with eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Lee will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He had a wonderfully playful sense of humor and was loved by everyone who knew him.

A funeral mass and reception will be held on October 4, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. St. Michael’s Catholic Church 15546 Pomerado Road Poway, CA 92064

Contributions in Lee's memory can be made to: Elizabeth Hospice Inc. 500 La Terraza Blvd., Ste. 130 Escondido, CA 92025


  • Funeral Mass & Reception Friday, October 4, 2013

Lee W. Sarty Jr.

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October 19, 2013

You will be missed . I remember you when I worked in Brea and at all our Yearly Travelers get togethers when we had them. You always had a smile and a fun person to be around. You will be missed. Rita Russell

Jennifer Traster

October 18, 2013

Lee Sarty was one of the HR reps at Travelers. I was the receptionist for HR dept back in the day. Lee was so kind, funny. A wonderful example of a man who truly loved life. May he rest in peace. He holds a special place in my heart.

Peggy Wakeman

October 18, 2013

Ahhh, Lee... so going to miss you and your wit, your heart and your laugh. I'd known you since 1977 in the Orange, Travelers' office. I have so many fond and funny memories of you. "Slick as Snot"... I'll never forget you!

October 8, 2013

Lee Sarty was my Director at Traveler's Insurance, Dallas Texas in 1964-1965. He was real gentleman and cared for his employees. He contributed a great deal to my professional life. I liked and respected him.

Gwen Piland

Mary W. Sarty

October 3, 2013

My Dearest Lee, you will be sorely missed! Many people thought so highly of you and that includes me! I Thank You for our very nice talks, and your unending sensitivity,to my thoughts!! May God Keep you forever by his side!! Much Love, Mary

Jon Hafstrom

September 30, 2013

As everyone commenting here could attest, Lee had a great sense of humor. I always looked forward to the funny birthday cards he would send to me, along with his hard to decipher writing. From the time I first met him in 1979, I can't recall a single time he ever got mad at anyone, and if he did, which must have happened at least once or twice, he soon got over it and was on to his next bit of humor. He was a very easy guy to be around and everyone will miss him.

Michelle Sund

September 29, 2013

Michelle Sund

September 29, 2013

Mr. Sarty was my very first boss, at my first job at Travelers Insurance in 1976. He was like a dad and a good friend rolled into one, and I adored him...he called me EVERY year on my birthday! The world has lost a great man, may he Rest in Peace forever. My condolences to his dear wife, Madeline, may you always feel his love in your heart.

Sherri Sarty

September 25, 2013

Lee was my father-in-law, and one of the neatest, funniest, sweetest, kindest people I've had the pleasure of knowing. He will be GREATLY missed!