Published DateSUN CITY, Florida — Elwell Davison Sanborn of Sun City Center died December 27, 2012 after a long illness. He was born on January 12, 1925 in Plymouth, New Hampshire. On September 22, 1945 Sanborn and Carmen Poulin married at the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia. Elwell joined the United States Army in 1943 at the age of seventeen. He participated in the Normandy landing (Omaha Beach), the liberation of northern France, and the battles of the Rhine, the Ardennes and the Bulge. Staff Sergeant in Company "C" of the 134th Infantry (35th Infantry Division), Mr. Sanborn was wounded in Holland (for which he received the Purple Heart). For his efforts in France, Mr. Sanborn was honored by being named a "Knight in the National Order of the Legion of Honor," the highest French award given to military or civilian recipients.
After the war, Mr. Sanborn worked at Scott & Williams in Laconia, NH until he retired. The Sanborns built the Flamingo Motel in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire, and ran it for many years until their retirement to Florida. They were married for 67 years and have two children, Sandra Strait (William), and Brenda Hair (Lynn). They are the grandparents of three (Lauren Osner, Karen Kelly, and Christopher Hair, and the great grandparents of three (Ryan Osner, Miranda Osner, and Allison Hair).
Services will be held at the Sarasota National Cemetery on January 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to LifePath Hospice, Sun City Center, Florida.