Dec. 23, 1935 — April 24, 2018
John Sandsted passed away on April 24, 2018, at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in Albany, Oregon, following a brief battle with mesothelioma.
John was born in Portland, Oregon, on Dec. 23, 1935, to Peter and Frances Sandsted. After attending Benson High School in Portland, John went to work as a plumber for Industrial Plumbing, which was owned by his family.
Due to disabilities that John faced, his mother was fiercely devoted to him. John and his mother loved to go boating on the Columbia River with a large group of friends, and in the early 1970s they bought a home in Cannon Beach. They enjoyed clam digging and had a beautiful collection of Japanese glass floats. John took care of his mother until she lost her battle with cancer. John enjoyed helping others, and spent years driving friends to doctor appointments.
Friends and neighbors were surprised when John announced that at the age of 62 he would be marrying for the first time. John married Marjorie Quarles in 1998, and enjoyed having four stepchildren. He found his greatest joy in being a grandfather. John was a skilled woodworker and made beautiful pieces of furniture for his grandchildren.
Marge and John attended North Coast Family Fellowship, and were active in the Bible study for seniors. In 2004, John and Marge rebuilt Sea Breeze Court in Cannon Beach, and he took great pride in his work at the motel. After Marge had a stroke, John would take time away from the motel to go to the nursing home to help her eat her meals. Marge passed away May 22, 2017.
John is survived by his stepchildren, Janice Filley (Dave) of Albany, Oregon, Ken Quarles (Stephanie) of Cannon Beach, Oregon, Bev Buschert (Matt) of Tualatin, Oregon, and Nancy Pannel (George) of Henderson, Nevada. John had nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his beloved Dachshund, Bernie.
Cannon Beach has always had a cast of colorful characters, and John fit perfectly into this cast. He will be greatly missed.