East Liverpool native son Delmas A. Sanford is a lifelong resident of the Dixonville area of his hometown. Born to the late Louis and Eunice Sanford, he graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1945. Immediately following graduation, Sanford was drafted into World War II and served with the Occupation forces in Japan . While in the service, he joined the Christian Military Group known as the G.I. Gospel Band, which rebuilt bombed-out churches and homes.
Upon completion of his military service, he returned to East Liverpool and married his high school sweetheart, Doris Jean Goodman. The two have been married 57 years and to them were born three daughters, Mrs. David (Renee) Willoughby , Mrs. Dan (Jelayne) Dray and Mrs. Richard (JoDell) Simons, and two sons, who are deceased. They are the grandparents of a granddaughter and five grandsons. They also have a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Kevin (Christine) Sanford.
Sanford owned and operated Sanford and Son Plumbing Co. for 53 years. For many of those years, his son, Kevin, who passed away in 1998, worked as his partner in the business.
An active member of his hometown community, Sanford was a founder of the Community Rescue Mission and is its director emeritus. He has served as president of the East Liverpool Area Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the East Liverpool Christian businessmen's Association, as well as a trustee of the East Liverpool City Hospital Board. A director of the former First Federal Saving and Loan, he also was a member of the East Liverpool City School Board of Education and the Ohio School Board Association's All-Regional Board.
A former member of the Columbiana County Health Board, he has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board and along with his son, Kevin, co-chaired the telemarketing fund-raising committee for the East Liverpool High School Alumni Association Clock Tower building fund. A member of the First Nazarene Church Board of Trustees, he has been as Sunday School superintendent and teacher. He also is a member of the Eastern Ohio District Church of the Nazarene Advisory Board and the Gideon Bible Society. For many years, he has also been an active participant of the annual Community Prayer Breakfast Committee.
For his efforts, Sanford was the 1985 recipient of the JayceeÕs Distinguished Service Award. In 1964, he received that organization's Civic Service Award. In 1986, he was named a Morning Journal Citizen.
Sanford's Christian beliefs have led him to make 19 mission trips all over the world, where he has assisted in the construction of churches, schools and medical stations. On each of those trips, his group has distributed Bibles and scripture in native languages - 250,000 have distributed in Russia alone. In 2002, Sanford and his wife, Dorie, traveled with 18 other men to the Amazon region in the jungles of Peru to build a church in honor and memory of their son, Kevin.