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Dwight L. Sanborn
  • May 18, 1931
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  • September 10, 2022

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Dwight L. Sanborn, 91, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, unexpectedly passed away on September 10, 2022. Even though God has called him home, his lifetime achievements remind many of us to live life to the fullest.
Dwight was born on May 18, 1931, to Howard L. Sanborn and Myrtie Pike in Standish, Maine. After he graduated from high school in South Paris, he enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and served during the Korean War chasing Russian submarines throughout the North Atlantic Ocean.
After returning home, he joined the family trucking business, headquartered in Portland Maine, and with his brother Blaine, they built a large regional trucking company that serviced New England, Canada, and the Mid-Atlantic region. He worked in the business until 1986 when the company was sold. Never one to truly understand or embrace retirement, Dwight continued other business pursuits in the areas of commercial real estate and freight container & trailer leasing. Dwight was also very proud of his 60 years as a member of the Scottish Rite of Northern Maine as a 32-degree Mason.
He enjoyed travel, golf, and his family. Some of his fondest memories are his two hole-in-ones, the many adventures with his three sons and six grandchildren, and his marriage of 52 years to his late wife, Patricia. After losing Patricia in 2011, he was blessed to meet another amazing woman, Lizabeth Brooks who became his caring partner and best friend for almost a decade until her passing in 2020.
Dwight was an extremely proud father of three sons whom he is survived by Scott & daughter-in-law Nancy, Mark, and Andrew. He enjoyed that all three of his children attained the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. He actively participated in camping trips and summer camps with his children. He was a grandfather of six: Scott Jr., Stephen, Andrew, Ryan, Meaghan, and Nicholas. Known to all as Pop-Pop, he always showed interest in his grandchildren’s lives whether it was through their sports, their college careers, or business pursuits. He traveled extensively with the entire family to many exciting destinations and wisely allowed Patricia to plan each trip.
Dwight was passionate and steadfast throughout his life and cared deeply about educating the next generation. He was quick to make friends and he stayed in touch with many neighbors from Maine to Florida and beyond. He willingly shared his insights and always wanted to know what was going on in each of our lives. His encouraging words will be greatly missed.
A celebration of life is to be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Tunnels 2 Towers Foundation or Wounded Warrior Project.
T2T.org or WoundedWarriorProject.org


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  1. Warren Graumann says:
    20 Sep 2022
    I knew Dwight when I worked for Sanborn's Motor Express.
    He was always friendly and easy to talk to. I think of the two brothers, he was the one who took life a bit easier.
    Sounds like he had a full and long life.
    RIP
    Warren Graumann

  2. Vic/Christy Beeler says:
    12 Sep 2022
    ~ True friends are always with you in spirit ~

    Today we are saddened by the loss of our true friend in Florida, Dwight. He was 91 years young.
    He was more than a golfing buddy to Vic, he was a confidant and a wise man with much to share. They loved talking about business, family and politics.
    We met Dwight years ago at the Venetian golf club and always enjoyed our company with he and his wife Patty.
    Patty passed away several years ago and Dwight was blessed to meet Liz.. some folks are never blessed enough to have had one true love but Dwight had two. When Liz passed one of Dwight’s sons, AJ came to live with him. What a blessing he was to his dad. He mentioned many times how thankful he was to have AJ.
    My Vic said it will be a while before he can go back to The Cellar to eat where they both loved the duck. They would have dinner there whenever I wasn’t in town. (Not my favorite place)
    I’ll miss that big smile with the twinkle in his eye…. Until we meet again dear friend….Rest easy.

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