Cory Michael Saunders

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  It is with a heavy heart that the Saunders family announce the sudden passing of Cory Michael Saunders on July 18, 2021, at the age of 44. Words cannot express the shock and sadness that we all feel! We will miss him terribly! Yet, we also find peace knowing he is with our father (Robert Saunders) in heaven, as well as other family members that have preceded him.

  Although Cory spent nearly 20 years as an Arizona resident who loved the views, the city, and the mountains, he was born and raised in the Tamaroa, IL area. The sports loving, energetic, giving, sometimes over-protective brother, was many things to many people over the years.

  In his youth, Cory loved all sports and had an all-around natural ability to play them. He could often be found at the local elementary school playing a pick-up basketball game with buddies. At a young age Cory found his lifelong love of the St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys. As an adult, he cherished opportunities to fish and bond with our father in the AZ mountains over a gold prospecting hobby. He also loved nothing more than a good pool day and a refreshing adult beverage with family.

  The highlights of his adult life were his career as a long-haul truck driver and being a dad of two (Hannah and Mason Saunders). He reveled in all things his children loved, from sports, to art, to video games. If they loved it, so did Cory.

  Cory is survived by fiancé, Melissa Snyder and her three daughters of Tucson, AZ; and prior spouse, Christal Saunders, son, Mason Saunders, and daughter, Hannah Saunders, all of San Manuel, AZ. Cory is also survived by mother, Catherine Saunders of Pinckneyville, IL and the following siblings: Melinda Saunders-Bushey of Washington, Debbie (John) Johnson of DuQuoin, IL, Ryan Saunders (Brad Sauer) of Cathedral City, CA, Jennifer (Tom) Alvis of Pinckneyville, IL, Jamie (Scott) Fitzgerald of Scottsdale, AZ, and Andrew Saunders of Tucson, AZ, in addition to several other extended beloved family members and friends.

  He is preceded in death by his father, Robert B. Saunders, brother-in-law, Todd M. Myers, uncles, John and Duke Saunders, aunt, Kay Saunders-Carter, and both sets of grandparents, Lester Saunders and Ruby Dasher-Saunders, Henry E. Stevens and Beadie C. Mitchell-Stevens.

  A special thanks to all the family, friends, and strangers that have reached out to us during this tragic and difficult time. The absence of Cory leaves a huge hole in the hearts of all who were always entertained by his stories and sometimes inappropriate sense of humor. He truly brought the life to the party!

  A Memorial Service open to all who wish to pay their respects will be held on Aug. 21, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Marana Mortuary, located at 12146 W Barnett Rd, Marana, AZ 85653.

 Laying Cory to rest will be determined at a later date.

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