Sanford C. Cox obituary photo
 
In Memory of

Sanford C. Cox

July 31, 1929 - May 12, 2017

Obituary


SANFORD C. COX, JR.

The sun set peacefully on Sanford C. Cox, Jr. on the morning of May 12, 2017. At the time of his passing, he had lived 87 years. (He would have told you he was actually 15, because it was his practice to add the two digits together and claim that was his true age.)
Sanford was a staunch believer in the virtues of chocolate and Coca-Cola. He consumed them on a daily basis, and credited them for his longevity. His motto was: "A balanced diet is chocolate in...

SANFORD C. COX, JR.

The sun set peacefully on Sanford C. Cox, Jr. on the morning of May 12, 2017. At the time of his passing, he had lived 87 years. (He would have told you he was actually 15, because it was his practice to add the two digits together and claim that was his true age.)
Sanford was a staunch believer in the virtues of chocolate and Coca-Cola. He consumed them on a daily basis, and credited them for his longevity. His motto was: "A balanced diet is chocolate in both hands."
Born in El Paso, Sanford called three places home: El Paso, TX; Ruidoso, NM; and Napili Bay, Maui, HI. It is intended that his ashes will be scattered in all three locations.
Sanford was a patriotic citizen who faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean War. He was a graduate of the University of Texas at El Paso (then named Texas Western College) and of the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and was an emeritus member of the State Bar of Texas, having practiced law in El Paso County for more than 50 years. He was also a dedicated participant in the El Paso County Law Library Committee, and was active in the creation of the modern law library in the El Paso County Courthouse.
In his spare time, Sanford was an avid patron of learning and the arts. He established the Thurston-Cox Rho Sigma Tau Professorship at UTEP, a permanent endowment enabling the Art Department to further research in the history of early Texas art. He was a past member of the board of directors of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Early Texas Art (CASETA). He was a current member of the board of directors of the El Paso Art Association. He was also particularly dedicated to the Friends of the Westside Library and to its store, The Bookmark.
Sanford is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Holly Cox; his two sons, Curtis Cox and Chris Cox; his daughter-in-law, Sylvia Cox; and his adored granddaughter, Heather Cox. A memorial in his honor will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of El Paso, which was instrumental in ensuring that his final days were comfortable and pain-free.

Services entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Dr., El Paso, TX 79912 www.martinfuneralhomewest.com