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In Memory of William Blaine Sandoval

Gathering of Family and Friends

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday October 30, 2021
Riverbend Venue at River's Edge
1820 Raleigh Rd
New Richmond WI, 54017

Celebration of Life Masonic Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday October 30, 2021
Riverbend Venue at River's Edge
1820 Raleigh Rd
New Richmond WI, 54017

It is with great sorrow the family of William Blaine Sandoval, age 71, of New Richmond shares the news of his passing at Lakeview Hospital on October 17, 2021.

Blaine was born January 29, 1950 to William and Elaine (Street) Sandoval in Mullens, West Virginia.  Early in his life, Blaine learned to overcome adversity when he was diagnosed with polio, crippling his leg.   Always determined, he was active never considering himself disabled.  Blaine’s family made their way to Green Bay, Wisconsin where he spent the majority of his upbringing.

Despite his malady he was active in sports, horseback riding and hunting.   He graduated from DePere High School, the class of 1968.  He married his high school sweetheart, Marcia Peters in 1969, and they were blessed with three children: Tricia, Tara, and Adam.  During this time Blaine’s primary employment was with Ft. Howard Paper Company.   

It was through his friends at Ft. Howard that he met Jackie Gordon.  Although Blaine moved from the Wisconsin area, their love survived long distance and on May 29, 1993, they were married.   Through many corporate moves, they eventually transferred to the Midwest.     Together they enjoyed family, travel and the accumulation of many friends globally.  

Blaine was blessed with the gift of gab. He prided himself on winning people over, going above and beyond in his customer service skills.  As a salesman at heart, his biggest work achievements were the relationships he established with the military bases in Georgia as well as his career with Hydra-Flex of Minnesota. 

He was his wife’s biggest supporter as her career took them to 11 different cities during their almost 40 year relationship.   Blaine and Jackie achieved their dream together when they purchased their second home in Idaho, where they were able to entertain countless friends, family, and guests for several years.

A horrific auto accident in 2010 ultimately diagnosed him with tetraplegia.   His lifetime determination gave him the courage to persevere through intensive rehabilitation. Often, Blaine pondered the meaning of this life tragedy.  His courageous attitude afforded him the honor of inspiring others with disabilities.  He spoke at events teaching others how he was able to strengthen his diaphragm again. Nothing ever stopped Blaine from living life to the fullest. He will forever be an inspiration for others.

Blaine’s true passion was his family. He was a proud father, and even more proud as a grandpa. No activity was too much when spending time with his family.  Such as being able to dance with his oldest daughter at her wedding (with assistance of standing wheelchair), mentoring his grandsons in the art of hunting and fishing, and supporting his son’s national charity.   Blaine and Jackie planned several Family Vacations that continued even after his accident.  All of this and much more gave him a sense of purpose.  Blaine had the utmost dedication, pride and love for his family.

Blaine will remain in the hearts of his wife, Jackie; children: Tricia (Charles) Kuhns, Tara (Ronnie) Van Den Heuvel, and Adam (Ashley Watson) Sandoval; grandchildren: Cadell Van Den Heuvel, Broderick Van Den Heuvel, Charlotte Rose Van Den Heuvel, Lillian Van Den Heuvel, and Ella Sandoval; siblings, Tammy (April Church) Sandoval and Jon Sandoval; sisters-in-law, S. Dianne Gordon, Sue Sandoval; former wife, Marcia (Dan) Tyler; and many nieces, nephews, dear friends, and supporters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elaine Sandoval; brothers, Wayne and James; and many aunts and uncles.

A Gathering of Family and Friends for Blaine will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at Riverbend Event Center, River’s Edge, 1820 Raleigh Rd., New Richmond, WI.  A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 11:00 a.m., which will include a tribute by his Masonic Lodge.  An “Open Mic” will allow everyone to share their Blaine stories during lunch following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Blaine’s honor to assist those with disabilities – please click HERE to send donations.

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    • Reaching out to Jackie and his immediate family at this sad time. I am so sorry he had to suffer so much. He was a wonderful fun and hard working friend, and host to me, many times over the years. Healing hugs…..I am sorry I am not closer in these days. May he rest in peace eternal. Love xxx Irish KD

    • As a Veteran I thank you Mr. Sandoval for blessing us veterans with Adam.I bet you are one proud father. Rest in piece my friend.

    • A very good friend of mine made his transition from his earthly home to his heavenly home. We will see him again. We have communicated with each other for over 10 years sending inspirational messages and over the years we would call each other to see how each of us was doing.
      The sun shall rise, and sure to set. His time came, have no regret. His life he lived, we sure know. A better place, he had to go. Rejoice with memories, we made. And we will see him, once again. When we all get to gather on that great… Hallelujah Day!

      Theodore Merritt

    • Blaine was a true friend. His sincere humor and personality was unique. He will always be remembered for his kindness, gentle heart and always had a positive outlook on anything. I was blessed to be a friend with him since the early 1990s. His road to recovery after his accident was a miracle to me. I am still amazed at how much he went through and was always fighting to recover. If I could be a quarter of the man that he was, then I would be proud.
      We all send our deepest sympathy to the Blaine family. May God assist you all at this time of Loss. I am sure he is in Heaven and is not in pain but in joy. We all will miss him, but we all got memories of him in our hearts.

    • How do you say goodbye to a dear friend like Blaine? I can’t think of any way to do that. He will continue to live on in all of our hearts as long as we remember his words, his actions and everything he stood for and how much he cared and loved each one of us!! How can we forget a dear friend like Blaine? I can’t think of any way to do that either. Blaine had a unique gift of being “best friends” to everybody he met. Here’s the definition of a “true friend” – The definition of a true friendship is someone who has your back, no matter what. They watch out for you and ensure you are not in danger. They will never purposely lead you into making decisions that aren’t good for you. A true friendship will always have your best interest at heart. This describes my Blaine! He was a true friend and the best at everything he encountered. He was dependable, sincere, kind, thoughtful, loyal, compassionate, loving, fun to be with and he always made me feel better by just hearing his voice – just listing a few of his numerous attributes. He was a rare gem on this earth that we rarely have the opportunity to encounter. His absence from our presence will be great but Heaven’s gain is even greater!! I am broken hearted that he has been taken from us but find great comfort in knowing that he has been released from his bondage of his earthly body and is freely moving about with our Lord and Savior in Heaven. I will miss his physical presence and hearing his voice but look forward to the day that we will be reunited for all eternity!! Fly High and Walk Freely My Dear Sweet Friend!! There will be no other like you in my lifetime and thank you for my many wonderful memories and your friendship all these years!! My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time and I pray for God’s peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding!!