Elmer Lee Satterfield, 81, of Sunnyside, beloved husband, father, and grandfather died Thursday, July 28, 2005, peacefully at home in Sunnyside after a long fight against cancer.

Elmer was born Sept. 7, 1923 to Roper Lee and Ersa Margaret (Brown) Satterfield in Palisade, Colo. He was the youngest of 10 children. He never had a chance to graduate from school so farming was the dearest thing to him besides family. He loved working with mother earth and could always be found outside until dark.

In 1942, Elmer came to Washington to visit his brother and met his future wife, Thelma I. Kinkade of Mabton. He went into the Navy in 1943 and served in World War II. On June 19, 1945, he received military leave and married Thelma in Selah. Later that year he received an honorable discharge. In 1946, the first of his two children was born, David E., and four years later a daughter was born, Karen L. They were his pride and joy.

Elmer and Thelma settled in Mabton and farmed on the Satus for several years. He loved raising mint, hay, corn, potatoes, sugar beets and cattle. Elmer was known for his beautiful, straight rows and large weed-less gardens that grew the best tasting vegetables around. In 1971, Elmer went to work for the Mabton School District as a maintenance man. He later went to work for the Grandview School District and retired in 1988 as maintenance supervisor.

After retirement, Elmer and Thelma had time to travel. They spent most of their time traveling to Washington State Fiddlers contests and to the best-known fishing holes. Elmer learned how to play guitar at a young age and enjoyed playing with friends until the wee hours of the morning. He won many awards and trophies for best accompanist at various local contests and at the national level.

After Elmer was diagnosed with cancer, he was not able to go fishing and camping as much so he spent a lot of his time chewing the fat with various people at the Outpost while having coffee. Elmer will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Thelma; two dear children, David Satterfield and wife, Margaret, of Richland and Karen Satterfield of Sunnyside; three special granddaughters, Rena Martinez and husband, Ramon, of Palmer, Alaska, Monica Stanton and husband, Paul, of Grandview, and Nanci Shrauner and fiancé, Mike Rushman, of Pasco; four darling great-grandchildren; his faithful companion, Mandi, his dog; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and five sisters.

Viewing will be held Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005 and Wednesday, Aug 3, 2005, from noon until 8 p.m. at Sunnyside Chapel of Valley Hills Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the Sunnyside Chapel of Valley Hills Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mabton Cemetery.

The family requests that you honor Elmer by contributing to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, P. O. Box 8249, Missoula, MT 59807-8249 or Lower Valley Hospice, 3920 Outlook Road, Sunnyside, WA 98944, or a charity of your choice.


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