Col. Stark Orben Sanders Jr., USAF (Ret.)

    July 20, 1935  -  February 4, 2012





Life Legacy


Stark Orben Sanders, Jr., Colonel USAF (Ret.), attorney, judge, military officer and long-time resident of San Antonio and Garden Ridge, Texas, passed away on February 4, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas.

Stark was born on July 20, 1935, near South Bend Indiana. He graduated from Central High School, South Bend, as well as the University of Notre Dame. Having received a Juris Doctor Degree in June 1960 from Indiana University, he embarked upon a distinguished career in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Among his varied assignments at home and abroad were service in Libya, North Africa; Germany; and the United Kingdom. Serving as Judge on the United States Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals in Washington, D.C., and Chief Circuit Judge of the Air Force Trial Judiciary headquartered in San Antonio were two of Stark’s hallmark achievements in military justice. His tour at Military Airlift Command and his contributions while Chief Counsel of the United States Transportation Command were proud moments for this patriot. Included in his many decorations and awards recognizing outstanding service were several Legions of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals and the Commendation Medal.

Following his successful military career, Stark served for ten years as the Chief Appeals Judge, Texas Workers Compensation Commission in Austin. After retirement from the bench, Stark continued to be involved in many civic and cultural activities in Austin and San Antonio. Being licensed to practice law in Texas and Indiana, as well as various state and federal courts including the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, he served as former chair of the Military Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and former Chair of the Air Force Retired Judge Advocates Association, as well as continuing on the Board of Directors of the latter service organization until his death.

Stark’s life reflected duty with honor to God and country as evidence by his lineage in the Magna Charta Society.

Stark is survived by his wife, Carolyn Brown Sanders of Garden Ridge, Texas; two daughters, Karen Sanders Heidrich of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Charlotte Sanders Moreau, currently residing in Beijing, China, as well as four grandchildren, Katherine Anne Heidrich, Benjamin Stark Heidrich, Leah Grace Moreau and Ava Charlotte Moreau.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2012 at Porter Loring Mortuary North.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Ron Hill at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at The Fellowship of San Antonio, 23755 Canyon Golf Road, San Antonio, Texas 78258. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House, Inc., 7323 Hwy 90 West, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas 78227, or the church of your choice.





Born: July 20, 1935

Place of Birth: Mishawaka, IN

Death: February 4, 2012

Place of Death: San Antonio, TX

Occupation: U.S. Judicial System


Memorial donations may be made to:
Fisher House, Inc., 7323 Hwy 90 West, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas 78227, or the church of your choice

This memorial provided by:
Porter Loring Funeral Home
San Antonio, TX