Have fun, and always lend a hand when it’s needed.
Those were core philosophies that guided the life of William Nicholas “Nick” Sauer, Jr., who died on Nov. 13, 2019 at his home in La Jolla. He was 79.
A dedicated husband, father, grandfather and brother, Sauer’s passions centered around enjoying the good things in life. Whether it was sipping a glass of 18-year-old Macallan Scotch Whiskey with his beloved wife, Susan Grady, and friends, trying (and mostly failing) to strike it rich at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, or traveling to exotic locales like Sevilla, Spain, Sauer truly embraced all that life had to offer.
In turn, his deep appreciation for his many life blessings fostered a passion for serving those less fortunate. He spent nearly 35 years working with the Brother Benno Foundation, serving both as legal counsel and a member of the foundation’s board of trustees.
Born on Dec. 7, 1939 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, to Dr. William N. Sauer and Jane Behan Sauer, Sauer was the oldest of six siblings. He grew up spending time in Coronado with his mother and grandmother, Jane Behan Winn, and in St. Louis with his dad. He graduated from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and received his JD from Hastings College of the Law in 1964. He became a member of the state bar in 1965.
A long-time resident of Oceanside, California, Sauer maintained a successful law practice for more than 40 years. A respected trial lawyer whose skill, preparation and integrity were lauded by his peers, Sauer’s client list ranged from publications like the San Diego Reader to high-profile businesses and corporations like the Tri-City Medical Center.
Sauer was married to his first wife, Ann McEver of Coronado, for 33 years until her death in 1996. He married Grady in 1999, and the two remained together until his recent passing.
Sauer is survived by Grady, of La Jolla; three children: Kathleen (Alan) Diehlmann of San Marcos, Phillip Sauer of Vista and Mike (Laura) Sauer of Point Loma; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by sister Mary Lauren Schoelch of Minneapolis, and brothers Tom Sauer of La Jolla, and Coulter Winn of Monrovia, California.
A private celebration of life will be held in his honor. In lieu of flowers, his family suggests donations can be made to Brother Benno’s Foundation in Oceanside.