Davis Absalom Sanders, Jr, age 97, passed away peacefully in his sleep, April 4 2021, in his Baton Rouge home. Born in El Dorado, Arkansas on December 29, 1923 to Davis Absalom Sanders, Sr, and Elzora Davis Sanders, he spent his childhood as an "oil patch kid", moving between small towns in southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana as his father worked various oil field jobs for Standard Oil. At 16 he enrolled in LSU ROTC, only to be interrupted 2 years later by World War II. Davis was commissioned as a lieutenant in 3rd Army, and saw action along the 282nd Combat Engineers line of march from France, into Germany. After the war, he returned to complete his BS in Mechanical Engineering from LSU. During this time he met and married Anita Courtade, of Brusly, Louisiana. Davis operated his own consulting engineering firm for several years, focusing on projects for petrochemical facilities in Louisiana, Texas, and Saudi Arabia. Retiring in 1990, he split his time between golf, painting, family activities, and traveling with Anita. He especially enjoyed Oil Patch reunions, reconnecting with childhood friends. He is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Mary Anita Courtade Sanders; his children, Jean Sanders Parnell (Tommy), Linda Sanders Sanders, Randal Davis Sanders (Sandy); and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Davis was preceded in death by his parents, Davis Absalom Sr and Elzora Davis Sanders; a brother, William Sanders; son-in-law, Marc A. Sanders; and a grandchild, Shannon Daniel Lambert. Davis was also an accomplished artist, and his oil paintings are a treasured legacy for his family. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 8th, with viewing at 10:30 a.m. and Rite of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., conducted by Deacon Minos Ponville, Jr at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Mausoleum in Brusly. Many thanks to Williamsburg Senior Living Community, especially during the pandemic. His final weeks were made comfortable by the compassionate and skilled staff of Hospice in His Care, to whom the family is especially grateful not only for his care, but for extending their concern to all family members. Please share memories at www.wilbertservices.com.