Lee Harmon Sheldon, age 67, lost his life on May 10, 2021 in a tragic accident.

Lee was born and raised in Vermont. He grew up on his family dairy farm in Fair Haven Vermont. Lee had many great memories of growing up on Sheldon Road in Fair Haven around his uncle Charlie and Aunt Stacy, his Aunt Marjorie, his three cousins and close family friends. He attended school in Fair Haven and graduated high school in 1971.

After working and residing in the Fair Haven and Rutland area, Lee made his way to Humboldt County, where his sister and family were living, in the 1980s. Eventually Lee began working in the woods, cutting old-growth redwood for Ed Lewis Logging and Lyall Logging. He loved being out in the woods and still had his collection of chain saws with the large 64-inch bars. He had great memories, and said he thought that he had worked in the woods at the prime time of cutting redwood.

Lee met his wife Sarah (Wilcox) Sheldon in December 1986. They were married on September 26, 1987 and resided in Fortuna.

Lee was still doing work in the woods until 1995 when he and his wife Sarah decided to move back to Fair Haven to be near his mother, Lorene Sheldon, who was still living on the farm on Sheldon Road. Lee loved being back in Vermont and enjoyed all the abundant Sheldon Land that he could hunt on or take his dogs hiking on. He enjoyed duck hunting on the marsh and the beautiful lakes that were only 10 minutes away. He had his boat docked on Lake Bomoseen. He enjoyed lots of time on the water.

Shortly after arriving in Fair Haven Lee started workings for Casella Construction, running heavy equipment and driving truck. A lot of the work was out of town. He continued this job for quite a few years. Lee also did work for Moser Excavating and Hurley Excavating in Killington.

In 2013 Lee began working for Noonan trucking in West Rutland, hauling gas.

He would drive to Albany, New York and fill up and deliver to stations in Vermont. He would be out in all kinds of winter weather and snow, but he didn’t mind — he was always a safe, slow and cautious driver. He also liked the guys from dispatch, Vince and Mark B.

In 2017 Lee and his wife Sarah decided to make the big move back to Humboldt County to be closer to his wife Sarah’s parents, who reside in Fortuna. Lee his wife, two dogs Sage & Shasta and two large moving trucks headed out for the five-day trip back to Humboldt County. It didn’t take long, and Lee and Sarah made their home in beautiful Ferndale.

Lee had started working at HRC in Scotia on the road crew, running equipment, and driving truck. That job ended in April 2020, and shortly after that Lee started driving milk truck for Steve Wills Trucking.

Lee was always a dedicated, dependable hard worker, and took pride in what he was doing. That work ethic will be missed. He will be missed by other drivers and at the creameries where he delivered and picked up each day.

Lee’s favorite thing to do was spend time with his German shorthaired pointers Shasta and Willow, taking them in the woods bird hunting, playing Frisbee with them in the back pasture. He loved using his John Deere tractor, which he used a lot in Vermont, mowing and plowing snow. He also enjoyed riding the Harley Davidson. He looked forward to getting to do more hunting, and possibly to go to Stanley, Idaho.

Lee was preceded in death by his father, Harmon J. Sheldon, and his mother, Lorene L.

Sheldon, from Vermont. Lee is survived by his wife, Sarah Sheldon, of 34 years, a son, Beau, who he loved with his whole heart, a sister, Linda Sheldon Anderson and her husband (Steve), a niece (Amanda Pearl), a nephew (Reuben Childs), a grandniece, grandnephews, cousins in Vermont and many relatives by marriage

Final cremation arrangements were facilitated by Gobles Mortuary in Fortuna. A private family celebration of Lee’s life will be at a later date.


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