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Obituary for Elaine H. Valdez Sandoval

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Elaine H. Valdez Sandoval

October 16, 1950 - May 29, 2014

God called our amazing, loving Mother angel home on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at the very young age of 63. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Elaine was born October 16, 1950 to Daniel and Ramona Valdez in Fort Collins, Colorado. She was raised in Price, UT where she attended school and graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1969. She went on to graduate from Steven’s Henegar College in 1970 with an Executive Secretarial Certificate. She later received her Associates degree from Weber State University.

Elaine worked for Weber State University for 35 years. She started as a secretary in the Ethnic Studies Department and had several positions before retiring in 2007 as a Program Administrator. She took such pride in her work and helped many people in her years of employment.

Elaine met her future husband, Santiago “Jim” Sandoval, aka her “Stud Muffin” in Price at the age of 7. They were childhood friends until they began dating in high school. While Jim was serving in Vietnam, Elaine and her classmates sent him and his fellow soldiers letters and care packages. Following his return from Vietnam they dated for another year before marrying on July 3, 1971. From this union were born Maria Elena, Santiago Jr., Melinda and Antonio. Elaine opened up her heart and home to help raise as her own: Danny Valdez, Joseph Salazar, her “white son” Cameron Cook, Carlos Bombela and Valerie Stewart.

Mom was the most giving person we knew. She always thought of others; giving them gifts/cards for each holiday, sponsoring families for Christmas and whenever needed, preparing/donating meals, taking care of the sick, etc. Her legacy will be taking care of anyone who needed it and still finding the time to teach her family what love really is. Not by telling us but by living it.

Mom was known for decorating for and celebrating every holiday with her loved ones. No one left mom’s house hungry and probably had a to-go container to take with them. She enjoyed spending time with family, lunches with her Comadres, activities with the Red Hat Society but most of all, shopping with her “partner in crime” and sister-in-law, Cathy. Mom loved to travel, loved the color purple, enjoyed reading and watching her Lifetime and Hallmark channels.

Mom waited, in her words, “A LONG TIME” for grandchildren. She was blessed with two step-grandsons, Emiliano “Fatty” and DeAngelo “Angel” Rocha. She then got to meet and help care for the love of her life, grandson, Jordan Sandoval. In the short 17 months that she got to spend with him, she showered him with genuine love and affection. She is now with the angels meeting her future grandchild who she will bless us with on Christmas Day.

Elaine is survived by her husband, Santiago “Jim” Sandoval, daughters Maria Elena Sandoval and Melinda (Emiliano) Rocha, sons Santiago C. Sandoval, Jr. and Antonio (Tifani) Sandoval, her “other” sons Cameron (Annie) Cook and Carlos (Sara) Bombela and a very special niece Valerie (Eli) Stewart. She is also survived by her parents, brothers Harold (Anne) Valdez and Jim Valdez, sisters Dorothy Dunbar, Candy Hess, and Naomi Montoya, 3 ½ grandchildren and many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her grandparents, a very special Mother and Father-in-law and brother, Donald Sanchez.

Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday June 3, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 1100 E. 5550 S. in South Ogden. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, June 2, 2014 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. with the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden. In loving memory of Mom we request that you wear something in her favorite color, any shade of purple.

Interment, Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park, 836 36th Street, Ogden directly following Mass with lunch following at Holy Family Catholic Church.

The family would like to give special thanks to all the loved ones for all the thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. A HUGE thanks to all the helpful staff at both McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden and the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray and Dr. Stephen Bruce. In the loving words of our mother, “Thank you and have a super day!”

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you visit and choose a way to contribute to organ donation or visit to help Elaine’s favorite community shelter.


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Service Schedule

Visitation Information

Date: Monday, June 2, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Rosary at 7:30 pm


Service Information

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Time: 10:00 am -

Holy Family Catholic Church


1100 East 5550 South, , South Ogden, UT,

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1100 E. 5550 S.

South Ogden, UT

Funeral Mass

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Time: 12:00 pm -

Leavitt's Aultorest Memorial Park


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT,

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836 – 36th St.

Ogden, UT


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Born: October 16, 1950
Died: May 29, 2014

Condolences for Elaine H. Valdez Sandoval

Glory Johnson-Stanton posted on 4/24/15

Mr. Sandoval and family, I know that this condolence comes late but with my sincere sympathy on the loss of your wife, mother and friend. Many Blessings, Glory


Marshal Garrett posted on 6/6/14

Jim and Family, We just heard about Elaine's passing. She was such a special person. We are heartsick. Our love and prayers are with you. Marshal and Julie Garrett


Mary Ellen McComb posted on 6/4/14

Dear Jim and family I was so soryy to hear of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Ellen McComb


Mary Ellen McComb posted on 6/4/14

Dear Jim and family I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Plase know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Ellen McComb


Sharon Roghaar posted on 6/3/14

Dear Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Elaine was always kind, sweet and positive. She was a wonderful lady. Sincerely, Sharon Roghaar


Debbie Hansen posted on 6/3/14

Dear Jim and Family, I'd like to express my deepest condolences at the passing of Elaine. She was such a sweetheart and so kind to everyone! I had the privilege of working with Elaine at Weber State University in Continuing Education and loved her bubbly personality and abundant thoughtfulness! She will be sorely missed in this life, and I look forward to meeting up with her in the next one! May the Lord bless your family with peace and comfort during this difficult time. My sincerest sympathy, Debbie Hansen


Kris Henline posted on 6/3/14

Danny there are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. Your Aunt sounds like an amazing woman. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Patricia Martinez altamirano posted on 6/3/14

Mr Jim Sandoval & Family I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sympathy and condolences.. My prayers are with you and your family. May your beautiful wife & mother rest in peace. Love Patsy (Patricia) Martinez Altamirano & family.


Bill Roberts posted on 6/3/14

Jim and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sympathy and condolences at this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Bill Roberts


Rebecca Bragdon posted on 6/3/14

We are so grateful to have had the honor of knowing such a kind and gracious lady. Everyone was made welcome in her home and she shared with whomever had a need. Her smile, her cards, and her loving nature were a gift. She had the presence of angels always around her and now she resides with them.


Mary and Roger Hine posted on 6/2/14

We are so sorry to hear of Elaine's passing. I will miss talking to her and seeing her smile. She was always so kind to us. Our neighborhood will not be the same without her smiling face and friendly manner.


Rodriguez Family posted on 6/2/14

We want to give condolences to the entire Sandoval family for the loss of your wife and mother. We will keep your in our prayers. May God be with you in your grieving. Your former neighbors in S. Ogden, The Rodriguez Family


Brian Stecklein posted on 6/2/14

I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Elaine. She was a beautiful person and always remembered those she came in contact. I enjoyed learning and work with Elaine during her years at Weber State University Continuing Education. She always brought a smile to my face and could make any situation better. Her tireless work at CE made such a difference for the students. She truly touched many peoples lives and made them better. She always remembered me during holidays and my birthday with a card. That meant a lot to me. She will be greatly missed!


Constance Gurule Taylor posted on 6/2/14

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Elaine was a very special person.


Helen Gallegos posted on 6/2/14

My condolences to Jim, children: Maria, Santiago, Malinda and Antonio. My prayers are for strength in the coming months. I love you Elaine and will miss you....R.I.P.


Beth Woodbury posted on 6/1/14

To the Sandoval Family I've never met (Mom Sandoval) but I feel like I have known her. I am Cameron Cook's paternal grandmother. I have known Antonio and have been impressed with him. I knew her through Cameron because she loved him so much, and the great love that they shared Nobody ever left her home without some of her delicious food. I know how delicious it was because Cameron would bring some to me to share. She was such a supporter and cheerleader for Cameron when he needed it most. I just want you to know that other people appreciated her good heart. I am glad that she was able call him her other "white son."I am sure she's earned her special corner of heaven. Grandma Woodbury


Carlos Bombela posted on 6/1/14

Mom thank you for being who you were! You were truly an angel on earth. You're kindness and your love to everyone you came in contact with was like no other I've ever seen! I will never forget what you and Dad have done for me. Your smile could light up a room, your words could make an impact on anybody who heard them. I have been truly touched and felt all the love you had for me! You raised me like I was one of your own! Not to mention you fed me like champion! And you always made sure my cereal stock was always full!! You were like no other. You showed me so much love through out the years and I will forever be grateful for that! Our loss is heavens gain! I miss you Mom! You will truly missed! I LOVE YOU!!! -Carlos Bombela


Debbie Rogers posted on 6/1/14

Dear Family, I am so glad I got the opportunity to know your wonderful mother over the past several years. She was a very special friend; always a smile and so pleased to get together with those she cared about. My prayers go out to you all at this time. May the memories of your days with her help to heal your hearts where she will always remain close.


Helen Gallegos posted on 6/1/14

My condolences to the Sandoval family, I feel your pain, all I can say, "Time" heals with patience a gift of grace in this time of grief. Take time for yourself and listen to your heart for extra strength. I love you Elaine and thanks for the memories!