Sanford “Sandy” Grant Hess of Spring Valley. passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 at the age of 81.
Sandy was a wonderful person who was loved by all. He was a great son, brother, father and grandfather, but most of all he was a friend. He loved life and made it better for many people over the years, 81 good ones.
He was born in New London, Connecticut, on Aug. 27, 1939. He was the son of Captain Franklin Grant Hess (USN) and Sarah June Evans. He moved around following his father’s Navel career, eventually landing in Coronado, where he spent his teenage years, graduating from Coronado High School in 1958.
Sandy moved to Pacific Grove after high school, studying at Monterey Peninsula College before joining the Navy.
Sandy entered the Navy in 1962. He was stationed at North Island Naval air station in San Diego, where he learned his career of choice, computer programming. After leaving the Navy in 1966 he landed a job with Copley Press in the Data Processing division where he worked until his retirement in 2006.
While living in Coronado, Sandy met and married his first wife, Eileen Grace Tilden. They had two children, Sandra “Punkin” Hess, and William “Billy” Hess. Punkin passed away in 1971, after a long illness.
Sandy married his second wife Carol Jean “CJ” Stevenson in 1972. They had four children, Steven, Silas, Sara and Samm. Sandy, CJ, and their four kids lived in Spring Valley. CJ passed away in 1989.
Sandy was an avid off-road racing enthusiast, participating in many races in Baja, California, and Nevada in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. he enjoyed diving in his younger years, especially for lobster, and abalone off the coast of Monterey.
Sandy loved working at Copley, and he loved raising his children. He was a dedicated father and grandfather, but grandfather is the role he enjoyed the most. He had seven grandchildren: Olivia, 24, Hannah, 23, Emily, 19, Russel, 17, Fahim, 15, Monterey, 15, Madison, 15, and No. 8, Marcellus Sanford Tremaine, is on the way (Sara is due in January).
Memorial services will be held at Greenwood Memorial park and mortuary on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome and social distancing and mask are required.