Lloyd David Sauder was born on April 8, 1950 in Carrot River, Saskatchewan, the fourth child of Howard and Hazel Sauder. He grew up on the family farm in the Battle Heights district, north-east of Carrot River. The first ten years of his schooling were taken in Carrot River and he attended grades 11 and 12 at Caronport High School in Caronport, Saskatchewan.
After grade 12, Lloyd returned to the farm for the summer then went to Thompson, Manitoba to work in one of the mines for winter. Following that he worked in the oil fields and on power line construction in Alberta, the western Arctic and into the States. He first purchased land in the Carrot River area in 1973 and began farming with his dad and younger brother.
On June 2, 1976 Lloyd married Cheryl Tonks of Nipawin and they moved onto the Jim Remai home place east of Carrot River which he had purchased earlier that winter. Here they farmed together and raised their 5 children. Other ventures over the years included logging, custom spraying and operating a wood pellet plant. In 1982, Lloyd was elected as MLA for the Nipawin Constituency, a position he held until 1991.
In 2009 Lloyd and Cheryl moved to the Noe Lefebvre farm just east of Carrot River, looking forward to beginning retirement a bit closer to town. Over their years together they enjoyed numerous trips to Alberta to visit relatives as well as travelling to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, British Columbia and down into some of the north-western States. As their children grew up and left home they travelled throughout the province to visit them.
After Cheryl’s passing in 2011, Lloyd continued to assist his son and brother in the operation of the farm and spent a few winters working with some of his sons and nephews clearing winter roads in northern Alberta. He loved being out in the woods in the quiet and often talked of the joys of that scenery and wildlife. He also continued travelling, taking trips through the north central States and to Costa Rica.
Lloyd married Connie Schill on December 30, 2017. They just enjoyed being together, whether they were exploring, undertaking projects, simply puttering or with family and friends. Together they faced challenges and the many joys that came their way.
Lloyd always took an interest in the people around him. Through his various experiences over the years he made life-long friends that he would connect with anytime he was given the opportunity. Family and neighbours were important to him and he was always willing to lend a hand in whatever way he could. If there was an auction sale, he was most likely there as much or more for the visiting than for the actual purchasing.
Lloyd enjoyed many pastimes. He was an avid reader whose book collection spanned a wide range of topics and he always had just the right book to recommend to a person based on their interests or situations. He was a wonderful cook, known for his Sunday morning breakfasts, baked beans, chili and raisin pie. In the summer he could be found in his garden early in the morning, always growing enough to share with the kids and their families. In winter he would have a jigsaw puzzle on the go on the dining room table. He always liked to “putter” in his shop and in later years he took up blacksmithing and knife making. Probably most dear to him was his twelve grandchildren and he took great joy and interest in any activity or pastime they were focused on and encouraging them in their abilities.
In 2020 Lloyd was diagnosed with cancer which was treated successfully but a second diagnosis occurred in 2021. He met this challenge with courage, grace and the help of his deep faith. He passed away peacefully at his home on July 19, 2021 at the age of 71.
Lloyd was predeceased by his wife Cheryl, parents Howard & Hazel Sauder, Cheryl’s parents Jim & Helen Tonks, Connie’s parents Wilf & Dorothy Schill, brother-in-law Art Quiring and sister in-law Darcy Schill.
He is survived by his wife Connie, daughter Leora & Bruce Bergen (daughter Heidi) of Nipawin, sons Oakley & Tina Sauder (children Lyndon, Emily and Katie) of Estevan, Leif Sauder (son Spencer) of Regina, Will & Janelle Sauder (children Caleb, Jack, Lane, Ella and Jessa) of Carrot River and Ira & Lisa Sauder (sons Michael and Andrew) of Melfort. He also leaves his siblings Bob & Carol Sauder, Ruth Quiring, Betty & Ron Russell, Connie & Richard Quiring and Ed & Susan Sauder, Cheryl’s sisters Gloria & Rick McFarlane, Ellen & Rabih Samia and Cindy & George Rankin and Connie’s sisters Lois & Barry Richer and Judy & Ken Orthner as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins