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William "Bill" Sanborn
William "Bill" Allen Sanborn, director of the Ceres Courier advertising department for 24 years, died Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. He was 82. His death came as a result of complications with surgery.

Sanborn sold advertising in the Courier from 1982 until his retirement in January 2006. He got into the newspaper business in 1962 when he became advertising manager for the Bakersfield News Bulletin. From 1972 to 1974 he worked for the Modesto News Bulletin. The Courier hired him as ad manager in 1975 but he quit in 1978 to work for the Oakdale Leader under publisher Darrel Phillips. He remained there until 1980.

Sanborn worked for the Manteca News from 1980 to 1982 and then stayed at the Courier for the next 24 years.

In his career he witnessed newspaper production evolve from hot metal to pasteup and then digital design.

Since retirement he enjoyed time with his wife, Sally Sanborn, former Save Mart marketing director. He also enjoyed playing golf, traveling and spending time between his Riverbank and Groveland homes.

Sanborn forged an alliance with a great number of Ceres merchants in his years at the Courier.

Bill was born in Alberta, Canada and lived in Riverbank for more than 17 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War.

He was a member of the Eastridge Community Church of the Nazarene, Modesto, and also of the Ceres Rotary Club.

A service will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20 at Eastridge Community Church of the Nazarene, 2300 E. Briggsmore, Modesto.

He leaves behind his wife, Sally Sanborn of Riverbank; his two children, Ken Sanborn of Oakdale and Cinda Porter of Modesto; and four grandchildren, Teresa and Travis Sanborn, both of Oakdale, and Austin and Taylor Porter, both of Modesto.

Remembrances may be sent to a favorite charity.