Tom Radcliffe posted a condolence
Monday, June 14, 2021
Our condolences go out to the entire Sands family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May he RIP.
The Shay family planted a tree in memory of Douglas Sands
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Sands family.
Peter Valencia posted a condolence
Monday, June 7, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Sands family. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. In 2009, my employer announced they would be closing the office I worked out of in Mission Viejo, CA. All my work colleagues would be laid off. Doug was asked by my department VP if he could use my skill set on the West Coast. Thankfully, Doug said yes, and called me personally to extend an offer on his team. This was the moment our work relationship and personal friendship was born. On my first day with my new team, Doug called me and said he wanted me to schedule a daily 30-minute call with him to get me up to speed but more importantly, so I did not feel like I was on an island. I was in CA and Doug and my team were NJ. I must admit I was not crazy about having to call Doug every day as I did not see the value then and hoped the daily calls would end after a couple weeks. Afterall, Doug was a VP, and I was certain he had more important things to do. As the days turned into weeks, weeks into months and months into years, our relationship grew, and I enjoyed and looked forward to our morning talks. After a while we did not talk much about work but about our families. He loved his family and spoke about them every day. This routine went on for 9 years until he left the company, we both worked at. I will forever be thankful for Doug’s mentorship, support and the friendship we forged through our daily talks. I think I knew Doug better than most others at the workplace. Doug and I last spoke by phone in November of 2020 when I called to see how he was doing and update him on my new job. Doug had a hand in helping me get this opportunity. Since that phone call in November, we would exchange text messages regularly. Doug had a sense of humor and would send me funny memes. Mostly we would check in with one another and see how the other was doing. Time difference and busy schedules got in the way of Doug and I connecting on the phone more often. Something I will regret. In closing, I will miss my friend dearly and will think often of our memories. -Pete Valencia
The Byrnes Family planted a tree in memory of Douglas Sands
Sunday, June 6, 2021
With thoughts of peace and courage for you. Our deepest condolences,