Margaret SandezMarch 29, 1970 ~ September 13, 2019 (age 49)
Margaret Angelita Sandez
March 29, 1970 - September 13, 2019
Born: East San Jose
Parents: Victor & Carol Sanchez
Siblings: Vincent & Michael Sanchez
School: Mayfair Elementary School, Lee Mathson Middle School, Independence High School and Evergreen Valley College
Employment: Berryessa Flea Market as a kid, Chuck E. Cheese’s on Tully (she would dress up as Chuck E. Cheese), Eastridge Mall Security, Evergreen Valley College Campus Police and San Jose Police Department
Residences: Margaret was always proud of her East San Jose roots and has always lived in San Jose.
Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, running, traveling and spending time with her family, doing volunteer work to empower students of color, shopping at the Dollar Tree to make gag gifts, dancing, listening to 70’s music, spoiling her children and she loved her pink donuts with sprinkles! She also loved the Cowboys, Dodgers, Warriors and Earthquakes. Go Dodgers!
Career at SJPD: Margaret worked for SJPD for 17 years. She patrolled much of San Jose over the years but she always preferred to bid to patrol her own neighborhood in East San Jose. Through the years she was a Field Training Officer, Physical Training Officer at the Police Academy, worked in the Family Violence Unit, Sexual Assaults Unit and Court Liaison Unit. She and Team 54 got a “Day-To-Day Excellence Award” for outstanding and consistent level of performance while patrolling. She also volunteered her time to work the T.E.A.M. Kids School Program, Shop With a Cop and Coffee with a Cop. In recent years she was one of the faces used for a LGBTQ Recruiting Campaign (images of Margaret and her wife, Vanessa were used). Margaret had a childhood career choice of owning her own ice cream truck. She thought that would be the greatest job in the world, to drive around and pass out ice cream to kids all day. As an adult, she was so excited when she was asked to be one of the faces on the SJPD Community Ice Cream Truck (images of Margaret and her two children, Santiago and Jazlene are on the truck). Her last year of life, Margaret took the sergeant's exam and passed the test. She was on the sergeant's list waiting to be promoted when she passed away.
Survived by: Wife, Vanessa Sandez. The two met in June 2001 and have been together ever since. They met at a lesbian club in San Francisco and courted while Margaret was just entering the police academy. They fell in love that summer in 2001 and married on August 2, 2003 in a commitment ceremony. Their marriage was not valid in the state of California. On Valentine’s Day in 2004, they drove to San Francisco to marry each other again in an act of civil disobedience to fight for same-sex marriage rights. On May 19, 2008, Margaret gave birth to their son, Santiago Antonio Sandez. On June 17, 2008 they went to San Francisco yet again to marry each other legally with their son in their arms. “Love Wins!” On January 27, 2013, Vanessa gave birth to their daughter Jazlene Victoria Sandez. Jazlene was born on the same day as Margaret’s father Victor and brother Vince. Both of their children’s middle names honored each other’s fathers, Victor Sanchez and Anthony Sandez. Margaret’s will live on through her children’s laughter, smiles and love of life.
Margaret will always be remembered for her vibrant smile and infectious personality. Her dedication to the San Jose Police Department and her community will be her lasting legacy.