Thude/Sanudo Family

Saturday, March 5th, Gunnar Thude along with his daughter, Elma Sanudo, were inducted into the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame ( It was a great evening, and it was amazing that so many of the members of the two families were able to attend, even two from Denmark and Gunnar’s hometown. A few pictures from the event.

There were nine inductees that night. Congratulations to all of them!
Susan Ellegaard, Betty Thude and Steffen Ellegard. The Ellegaard’s came from Gunnar’s hometown, Vilslev, Denmark, to share in the honor.
Frances Thude Rice.
Gerald Hancock and his brother, Gunnar Hancock; Elma Thude Sanudo’s children.
Tony and Tony Lucas, nephew and uncle. Tony on the right was a herder for Gunnar Thude. The other Tony is a livestock inspector here in Arizona.
Gunnar Thude and Elma Thude Sanudo – the family today. The woman sitting between the two women holding the plaques is Barbara Etchamendy. Her husband, JB, was also in the sheep business. More on him in another story.
Congratulations Elma Thude Sanudo and Gunnar Thude!
The video shown March 5th. It is three minutes long. Please watch as it has pictures of Gunnar and Elma and information about them.

I was honored to be able to help these two families get nominated and inducted into the Arizona Farming and Ranching Hall of Fame. If you want to read more on this family, please see an earlier blog.

2 thoughts on “Thude/Sanudo Family

  1. Please let me hear from anyone interested in the history of the Espil family. I have visited Philamena Spring, on the San Francisco Peaks, a number of times. The old water pipe that the Espils put in  during the 1930’s   is still in place and I encourage anyone interested in visiting this historic site to contact me. Additionally, I have visited the Aspen Spring water tank and livestock watering troughs, (also put in by the Espils), in Weatherford Canyon on the Peaks, and would be available to take anyone interested in this fascinating historic bit of history to contact me. Les Cherow, (602) 826-1843


  2. Thank you for working so hard to get my mother and grandfather inducted to the hall of fame! They earned and deserved this honor!


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