Antonio DeAnda Sand
September 6, 1975 to May 7, 2021
He was 45

Tony left this world peacefully with his family by his side. He went to be with his grandmother Lucy, whom he had a great love for. Tony had health complications which contributed to his passing. He will be greatly missed by his loving mother, family and friends. He could light the room up with his eyes, laughter and beautiful smile.

Many who knew Tony would say what a good heart he had. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. He was a wonderful young man who touch many lives, and was the pride and joy of his mother’s heart.

Tony enjoyed spending time with his family at the ocean and was an avid San Francisco Giants fan.

Tony was born in Eureka at the old General Hospital. He came in the world a fighter. Tony moved to Orland, Calif. with his mother, where he attended grade school and Orland High School. Tony played football in high school, which kept his mother on her toes. In his later years he moved back to Humboldt County, residing in Eureka. Tony had a love for his mother and wanted to be near her.

Over the years Tony had a variety of jobs. He was a hard worker and dedicated.

Married to his love Jessica Couch-Sand for 23 years, they had three children together and a stepchild he raised as his own. Tony was close to his father-in-law, William “Billy Goat, Wild Bill” Couch, and his brother-in-law, Billy Couch.

Tony was a proud member of the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria and especially proud of his heritage, passed to him by his Grandmother Lucy.

Preceded in death by his father, Alex DeAnda, grandfather Calvin L Sand I, grandmother Lucy Walker Sand, step-grandfather Rodney Seth Walker, uncle William (Billy) Sand, his cousin Casey Ryan Sand and his mother-in-law Marina Couch.

Survived by his mother, Sheila Sand Alcantar, wife Jessica Couch Sand, children Mercedes Frey and Husband Coleman, Isaac Couch-Sand, Zelia Couch-Sand , Izaiah Couch-Sand, sister Sarah Sand Orr and husband Dylan, his nieces and nephew – Adia, Ace and Abbey – aunts and uncles Shay and Wendell Freeman Sr., Bubby Sand, Marly and Russ Barrow, Dennis and Norma Sand, Conde Reeves and wife Stacey, who Tony introduced when they were 16, and his good friend Chon Reeves, and many other cousins and lifetime friends.

Our family would like to give a special thank you to the ICU staff and doctors at St. Joseph Hospital for their compassionate care.

There will be no service at this time. A celebration of his life will be later this year.


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