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Sanford Bauman – Flight 11

“Life is an amazing adventure,” Sandy wrote in his 2012 memoir. “It includes happiness and sadness, friendships and disappointments. I can only wait to see what comes next.”

Sanford Louis Bauman Jr. – husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, World War II veteran, world traveler, businessman, golfer, sailor, woodworker, pilot, photographer and community volunteer. He was 92.Born Dec. 25, 1920, in St. Louis, Mo., Sandy later moved to Dallas and then attended the University of Texas at Austin before serving his country as a flight officer in what was then the United States Army Air Corps. He was a radar observer for the 419th Night Fighters in the South Pacific.

After he was discharged, he made his home in Austin, where he and Marilyn raised their children and Sandy had a janitor supply company and a concrete admixture company.

Sandy’s travel adventures included climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan and Huayna Picchu in Peru, swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands, walking on the Great Wall of China, photographing giraffes in Kenya and sitting in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City. Back in Texas, he loved listening to Willie Nelson, watching Longhorn sports, flying his Cessna, swimming in Barton Springs, eating at Dirty Martin’s Place, doting on his wire-haired fox terriers and telling outlandish stories to his grandchildren.

He spent many years doing volunteer work for organizations including Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), the Travis County Adult Probation Department and Woodside Trails, a therapeutic wilderness camp. He was a past president of Congregation Beth Israel.

Sandy was thrilled to have had the opportunity to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in October 2013 with Honor Flight Austin.

We want to thank those who made flight #11 a possibility. We ask that you continue to share the sacrifices and service of Sanford Bauman Jr.