I was born in the Jack Thomas House in the early morning hours of April 15, 1947, in Leitchfield, Grayson County, Kentucky to Calvin Sanders and Oma Francis Wood. My father was 26 and my mother 16, and would not turn 17-years-old for another 7 days.
Following World War II, my father was hired as a Town Marshall of Leitchfield, but my Dad could have been poster-boy for PTSD. The big city of Louisville pulled him away and he went there to work, he remained in Louisville for almost the rest of his life, he retired early age 62, and he and my step-mother Alba Mae McCorkle moved to Bonnieville, KY in 1985.
My early life was spent in Edmonson, Grayson and Hart Counties, but my teenaged years were spent mainly in Louisville, Kentucky.
I enlisted at age 18, and served in the U. S. Marine Corps for twelve years, spending two tours in Vietnam as a Naval Gunfire Spotter (F.O.). I was a horrible math student in high school, but I quickly learned, out of necessity, algebra and basic trigonometry.
After Vietnam, I applied for and was accepted for Embassy Duty. Every U.S. Embassy around the world has a Marine Security Detachment that provide personal security for the embassy staff and the highly classified materials stored there. I served at the U.S. Embassy, Ottawa, Canada for a year and then the U.S. Embassy, La Paz, Bolivia also for 14 months. I retrained in armor spending five years in Tanks with deployments to the South China Sea in 1971 and the Mediterranean Sea for six months following the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East in 1973-1974 and two-and-a-half years in Public Affairs as a Combat Correspondent. I can truly say, I have, "been there and done that." I was medically retired from the Marine Corps on 24 June 1977.
Following military service, I attended the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona on the GI Bill studying documentary photography, journalism, minored in political science. Between jobs in 1980 I worked as the Theses and Dissertation Editor for the Graduate College of the University of Arizona. I really didn't know that there were government grants available to study quail droppings. I spent many long evening hours chasing lightning in Arizona. When I moved to Oklahoma I picked up tornado chasing that could be done during the day time.
In 1992 the newspaper I was working for in Tulsa closed its doors and closed down, I retired and my wife, Dr. Susan O'Brien, M.D., asked me to stay at home with our two younger children. I volunteered at their school and conducted interpretive reading classes during the lunch period. I led a fairly rough life as a Marine and I am paying the price with painful knee joints and hands and fingers, but staying home with my two children, exposed me to the toughest job in America, raising children. My hat is off to all of you stay-at-home Moms.
In 1983 I began to take an interest in my genealogy, I had time on my hands, and thanks to being married to a physician I was able to put many hours into gathering information and talking to long lost relatives also involved in genealogy. I am not my own grandfather, yet, but I am a fifth cousin to my Father and Mother. I have an Aunt who is a fourth cousin, half fifth cousin on my Sanders side, and when she married my mother's brother, Randall Wood, she became my Aunt. I have a great Uncle who is also a 2nd cousin.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Doyle or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: