James Alfred Sanders 11/18/38 - 06/25/99
After a long and debilitating illness, our friend, Jimmy Sanders finally
gave up his fight to live on June 25, 1999. Jimmy, better known as “Outlaw,”
resided with his wife Eddie “Swamp Mama,” in The Big Cypress National Preserve
for the past 31 years. They were inspired to move to their home in the swamp in
1968 by their love for their dogs. In the natural setting of The Big Cypress,
they raised three children, sons Rodney and Alan and their daughter Kristi
(along with their dogs including Sassy).
As a family, the Sanders’ spent most of their time in The Everglades. Jimmy
and family enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding swamp buggies and airboating. They
spent a fair amount of their time at the family’s hunting camp. Although Jimmy
was not able to personally say goodbye, he never forgot his many, many hunting
and fishing friends.
Jimmy has joined his son Rodney at his hunting grounds in the sky. Jimmy
will be greatly missed by his family, including his dog Leroy and all of us who
were privileged to call him friend.
A personal note by Carol Balman, Secretary of the Airboat Association of
Florida. What can be said about Jimmy Sanders? Jimmy loved the Everglades with
a passion. He was a conservationist who fought for all of our hunting rights.
Jimmy was always there to do whatever he could to help, whenever anyone was in
trouble in the woods. Some of us remember that Jimmy worked at the Miccosukee
Indian Village for three years or that he operated a check station for the Game
and Fish Commission for two years. For all of those who did not know Jimmy
Sanders, you missed out on having a good friend. I myself did call Jimmy my
true friend and I am going to miss him.
God Bless you Jimmy.
The Airboat Association of Florida is affiliated with the Florida Wildlife Federation and National Wildlife Federation, and is a member of The Everglades Coordinating Council. The Airboat Association of Florida also actively supports other oganizations such as Wounded Warriors, Boy Scouts of America and Kids-in-Distress.