Claude Sandell Obituary

Claude Martin Sandell
Claude Martin Sandell

March 14, 1938 - October 6, 2020
Born in Denver, Colorado
Resided in Bend, Oregon


Claude Martin Sandell
March 14, 1938 - October 6, 2020

Our husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed from this life to more life on Oct. 6, 2020 at home with his wife, Judith, by his side. The cause of death was congestive heart failure and a valiant 10 year fight with cancer.
Claude was born in Denver, CO to Carl T. Sandell and Demma (Emmert) Sandell. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Karen Talbot, and step sister, Lucille. He is survived by children—Krista Clouse (Brian) of Spokane, WA, Karl Sandell (Michelle) of Boring, OR, Shari Syron (Michael) of Vancouver, WA, and Stephen Sandell (Page) of Roy, WA. Also surviving are step-children, David Gunzenhauser and Sharon Van Dyke of Seaside, OR, and Laurey Hoyt of Newcastle, WY. Claude had from his blended family, which he loved, 22 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. His first wife, Barbara C. Hilliard, also survives.
Claude was a Commercial Photographer winning a lifetime achievement award from Daimler-Benz for his work related to the trucking industry. In the Air Force during the Korean conflict, he was assigned to a three-star general as his personal photographer. Later, he worked for Photo Art Studios in Portland, OR until starting his own business in 1968. American Steel, Consolidated Freightways, Wagner Mining, Georgia-Pacific, U.S. Steel, Jantzen, White Stag, Pendleton Woolen Mills, and several Presidents were among his clients.
Claude enjoyed flying antique aircraft, He joined the Antique Airplane Club at Evergreen Airport in Vancouver, WA and became their president. His outstanding photographs of images in the air and static were his hobby and joy.
Claude, along with his wife, Judie, shared many camping trips to the Oregon Coast, John Day, Ashland, and Canada. They sang together in the Cascade Chorale (COCC) and First Presbyterian Church (Portland /Bend) where they served as deacons, for over 20 years. Hundreds of dancers at Judie’s dance schools (Hillsboro/LaPine/Sunriver) were photographed by him since 1977.
If a picture is worth a “thousand words,” then Claude contributed much to his family, his communities, and clients who loved and appreciated him. He will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Claude’s life will take place in the Spring (2021) at First Presbyterian Church of Bend.

Contributions may be made in his name to First Presbyterian Church/Bend.

Baird Memorial Chapel of LaPine is honored to serve the Sandell family. Please visit our website: to share condolences and sign the online guestbook




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