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C. Boone Sadler Jr. dies at 92

10/9/2006
[Episcopal News Service]  The Rev. Canon C. Boone Sadler, Jr., passed away October 5 at his home on Point Loma, California, following a brief illness. He was 92. Services will be held at St. Paul's Cathedral in San Diego on Tuesday, October 10, at 11 a.m. Viewing will take place at the Cathedral for one hour from 9 to 10 a.m.

Sadler was a 1931 graduate of San Diego High School and received his B.A. from the University of California in Berkeley in 1936.

On July 25, 2006, Sadler celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ordination in the Episcopal Church, having graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1940. He was ordained that same year in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, San Diego. The following year, Sadler married Mary Maud Mitchell.

Sadler's ministry was characterized by new endeavors. In 1942, the Rt. Rev. W. Bertram Stevens assigned Sadler to two fledging missions, the first in La Mesa and the second in Bostonia in the El Cajon Valley. Sadler founded an Episcopal presence on the campus of San Diego State University.

Sadler started a day school at St. Andrew's, La Mesa, and the mission of St. Phillip's in Lemon Grove. He was also instrumental in establishing Camp Stevens, the two-hundred-and-fifty-six acre Diocesan Episcopal Camp located in the hills outside of Julian.

In 1953, Sadler accepted a call to be the rector of St. Luke's-of-the-Mountains in La Crescenta, California, a position he held for 30 years. He started a new congregation in the neighboring community of La Cañada.

A life-long outdoor and hiking enthusiast, Sadler created a backpacking program for the Diocese of Los Angeles and, for ten years, led groups of high school students on missionary journeys to the Navajos in Bluff, Utah.

From 1960-69, Sadler served as secretary of the Convention for the Diocese of Los Angeles. He represented the diocese as a deputy to General Convention from 1961-79. Within the National Church, Sadler held numerous positions. He also taught at Bloy House Theological School in Claremont and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1975 by the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, in Berkeley.

Sadler officially retired in 1983 and returned to his native San Diego where he became assistant at St. Andrew's, La Mesa. He founded the new mission of St. Columba's in Santee, where he served as vicar for four years. In 1988, he became an assistant at Holy Trinity, Ocean Beach, a position he filled actively until the month before his death.

In the early 1990s, Sadler was invited to assist in the Kairos prison ministry at the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility and subsequently took over the supervision of the program. The Rt. Rev. Gethin Hughes, then bishop of San Diego, named him Canon Missioner to the Incarcerated in recognition of his work at Donovan. In 2002, the Citizen's Advisory Committee of the Donovan facility named him Volunteer of the Year. Sadler extended his prison ministry by making regular visits to inmates transferred from Donovan to the Soledad Correctional Facility in Soledad.

In 2002, Sadler was elected to the Ocean Beach City Council where he served a constant voice on behalf of the needs of the homeless. He was also a regular volunteer at the Outreach Diners for the homeless at Holy Trinity, a Life Member of the NAACP, and a board member of the Pasadena Chapter of the NAACP.

Sadler is survived by his wife Mary Maud, five children and six grandchildren.

Memorial gifts in honor of Sadler may be made to Camp Stevens, PO Box 2320, Julian, CA 92036, or to the New Church Fund, Diocese of San Diego, 2728 Sixth Street, San Diego, CA 92103.