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Alton James “Jim” Sadler of Davidsonville, Maryland, died peacefully on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at home with family after a long battle with cancer. He was 76 years old. 

He was born in Annapolis, Maryland, on Dec. 6, 1941, to Alton Taylor and Marie Sadler of Eastport, Maryland. Jim was the nephew of the late “Cap’n” Herbie Sadler, founder of Sadler’s Seafood in Eastport, and Charles E. Sadler, proprietor of Sadler’s Hardware on Annapolis’ City Dock. He was the grandson of William James and Ida Ann Sadler. William James Sadler was born in Westville Township, Mathews County, and moved to the Eastport neighborhood of Annapolis in 1900. 

Jim was a 1959 graduate of Annapolis Senior High School. In 1963, he received an Associate in Business Administration and in 1965, a Bachelor of Commercial Science, both from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C. In 1966, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served four years during the Vietnam Conflict, including time on the destroyer USS Holder. In 2007, he retired as Treasurer of ARINC after 42 years.

Jim was a member of the Fleet Reserve Club; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; American Legion; Loyal Order of Moose; the National Rifle Association, and the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Lane-Armistead Camp. 

He was an avid outdoorsman, spending much of his free time hunting, fishing, shucking oysters, and working in his yard. He was a frequent visitor to Mathews County. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was a great friend to all who knew him. 

Jim was predeceased by his parents and by his wife of 52 years, Donna Lee Sadler, who passed away Jan. 19, 2018. He is survived by daughter, Rie Sadler (Jim Jones) of Catonsville, Maryland; son, Will Sadler (Riki) of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandson, Jesse Barna of Davidsonville, Maryland; brother, Bill Sadler of Davidsonville, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including many cousins residing in Mathews and the vicinity. 

Visitation will be Monday, April 23, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. A celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in the funeral home chapel. A graveside service with military honors will follow in Cedar Bluff Cemetery, Annapolis. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, AMVETS, Civil War Trust, or the Wounded Warrior Project. 

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