Our beloved Dario Robert Sanchez Jr. passed away on January 2, 2013 at the age of 90. He was born August 9, 1922 in Laredo, TX to Dario and Clarece, and moved to Los Angeles soon after. He had been a resident of Torrance for over 60 years and a parishioner of St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church. Dario is predeceased by his parents and younger brother Thomas Sanchez and is survived by his sweetie pie, his wife, Betty Ann; sister, Joyce Blackburn; sons, Warren (Patti) and Gary (Julie) Sanchez; daughter, Sharon Wagner (Karl); grandchildren, Darren, Clarice (Joe), Brett (Erica), Curtis, Vega, and Vienna. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 3:00pm. Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA. Dario graduated from University "Uni" High School in Los Angeles, then Ventura JC before enlisting for duty. Dario served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII and was trained as a B-17 pilot for the war in Europe. After serving his country, Dario graduated from UCLA and started a lifelong career with McDonnell Douglas. Dario and Betty married in 1953 and were happily married for 59 years while raising an adventuresome family. Dario was an avid outdoor recreation enthusiast. Some of his passions included sailing with the King Harbor Yacht Club Lido 14 fleet, climbing mountains in Southern California with the Sierra Club Hundred Peak Section, leading BSA Troop #997 as Scoutmaster, jeeping with the Friends of the Mojave Road and Desert Explorers, and taking trips with his family to ski, hike, camp, fish, or backpack in the mountains and deserts of California.

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  1. Dad you will forever be missed you were filled with life and love and are the best father a family could ask for. May the pacific sun always warm your back on that windward tack and your sails be full. Your son and friend Gary.

  2. Dad your love for family and living an active life made for
    a very loving and happy childhood on into adulthood. Thank you for all the wonderful memories I will cherish them forever. Also, thank you for cleaning all the fish I caught and teaching your grandsons now they can carry on. As you know I Love you very much. It has been a privilege to be your daughter – Sharon Elizabeth –

  3. We express our sincere sympathy in the loss of your beloved father, Dario. The few times we have been privileged to be with him were delightful. He was a dear man with a love for life and a great wit. Sharon and Gary, we pray you will know the peace and comfort of our loving Heavenly Father now and in the days ahead as you think of all the wonderful times and the legacy of love and kindness your father leaves with you. God bless you. With love, Uncle John and Aunt Florence Wagner

  4. Words cannot express the sorrow I feel for the loss of such a wonderful, caring, generous person. His kindness and humor were an inspiration. He could make you smile all day long. The example he set as a father and husband are beyond any earthly treasure. What a joy to have known him. I am so blessed to have had Dario Sanchez in my life.
    Libbe Burchfield

  5. I would like to express my sympathy to the family. May god comfort you during your grief. Soon death will end and billions will be resurrected to live on a paradise earth with endless life in view (John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:4; Psalm 37:29).

  6. I met Dario at my uncle Vince’s funeral this past September. He and Vince had been friends since elementary school, they enlisted together to fight in WWII, and they more or less died together. My uncle had told me many stories about Dario, all of them epic, so I was very grateful to finally meet him. He wasn’t going to let frail health keep him from paying his respect for Vince, and that effort cost him some days in the hospital. Dario told me that he was one of the soldiers who spent the night sleeping in our living room on their return to the USA after the war. I was was four years old at the time, but I remember the scene vividly. To learn that Dario was one of those heroes who let me put on his hat and canteen that morning so many years ago was stunning and I felt an instant bond with him. From the stories and that fleeting meeting last September, I know that we have lost a truly fine man. Godspeed, Dario.

    Dick Hessler

  7. My condolences to the Sanchez Family. May you find comfort during this very difficult time in your lives. The loss of a dear loved one is heartbreaking, but we can find comfort from Gods word. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 tell us that Jehovah is the Father of tender mercies and God of all comfort and he will comfort you during your time of sorrow. John 5:28,29 assures us of a promise made from God that our dear loved ones sleeping in death would hear the voice of his son Jesus and come out of their memorial tombs. God promises to resurrect them back to life on a paradise earth where sickness and death will be no more. (Revelation 21:4- death will be no more; Isaiah 25:8-Jehovah God will swallow up death forever). What a wonderful promise to look forward to seeing our dear loved ones again on a perfect paradise earth. Psalms 37:10,11&29- meek and righteous will possess the earth and live forever upon it.

  8. My deepest condolences to Dario’s family…I have many, many fond memories of Dario helping lead our thriving Boy Scout troop. I’m sorry to hear of his passing.

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