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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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Sandres “Sandy” J. Autin, 70, of Dixon, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at his home. After graduation, Sandy began a 20-year career working for Halliburton Services offshore on the oil platforms. After moving to Illinois in 1998, he was the assistant manager at Jiffy Lube in Dixon.

Sandy was born September 23, 1947, in Golden Meadow, LA, the son of Wilfred and Melba (Danos) Autin. He graduated in 1966 from South Terrebonne High School in Bourg, LA, where he played football for the Gators. This began a lifelong passion for the sport. Sandy was a proud member of the Who Dat Nation, the die-hard fans of the New Orleans Saints. He suffered a massive stroke in 2004 and was subsequently wheelchair bound, but kept his social nature and amazing sense of humor throughout. Sandy never knew a stranger.

He is survived by his devoted companion of 20 years, Linda Munroe and her family in Dixon; his mother, Melba Donaghey of Lufkin, TX; four daughters, Aimee (Steve) Celestine of Sterling, Leslie (Ricky) LeBlanc, Sadie (Wayne) Bonvillain, and Sandie (Ricky) Simon; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren, all of Louisiana; three brothers, Johnny, Jimmy, and Rhoney Donaghey; and one sister, Mary Balmain, all of Texas. He was preceded in death by his father; and two brothers, Dave Autin and Edgar Donaghey.

A memorial visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m., on Monday, February 12, 2018, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. A gathering of family and friends will take place immediately following the visitation at Sandy’s home, 812 East Morgan Street in Dixon. There will be no formal funeral services. Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

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