December 13, 1953 – December 20, 2020
Clarence Daniel Sanders, age 67, passed away on December 20, 2020 after complications while recovering from a recent open heart surgery. Dan was born on December 13, 1953 in Port Arthur, TX where he lived until he was around 2 years old. The family moved back to SW Missouri and made their home in Greenwood. He attended Joplin Schools and graduated from Joplin High School in 1972.
Dan was a very skilled craftsman and worked many years as a self-employed carpenter. He made beautiful cabinets, furniture pieces and did customs jobs with great attention to detail, care, and precision. In his later years, he spent his time doing small jobs for family and friends and helping his son learn the craft for his own business. He was very talented and could take on any job, no matter how difficult.
He had a strong faith in God and Jesus Christ and was very faithful in studying his Bible every morning. There was rarely a day that he was not up at 5am with his Bible open studying with Shepherds Chapel. He loved reading the Old Testament and learning about prophecy and he was eager to share his beliefs with anyone who would listen.
Dan was a friendly guy; he liked to talk and would strike up a conversation with people everywhere he went. He loved to spend time with his family, especially his kids and grandkids. But most of all, Dan loved being outdoors. He liked to hunt, fish, canoe, shoot guns, and grow vegetables. His favorite place to be was in nature where he could watch for deer or be near the water.
Dan was preceded in death by his father Clarence “Tex” Sanders and his mother Nancy Sanders. He is survived by his daughter Sarah Massey and her husband Zach of Carl Junction, his son Micheal Barnes and his wife Ally of Carl Junction, his grandsons Myles, Damon, Gunner, and Sammy, his granddaughter Ruby, his brother Bob Sanders, his sister Teresa Horton both of Kansas, nephews, nieces and many cousins and extended family members.
Due to concerns over safety and health of family members and social distancing considerations, the family has decided to postpone a celebration of life until spring and warmer weather.