Photographer Kent Sanborn dies at 61

Published 4:05 pm Thursday, March 4, 2021

Local photographer Kent Sanborn has died after a battle with cancer.

Sanborn, 61, was a fixture at local sporting events throughout the region and has been a contributor for The Ironton Tribune since 1982.

“Kent, the love of my life, passed peacefully in his sleep early this morning,” his wife, Becky Sanborn wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday morning. “Please keep us in your prayers.”

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Sanborn, whose work appeared on his website, Southern Ohio Sports Photos, saw an outpouring of support during his illness.

Multiple school districts in the area had organized a countywide spaghetti dinner fundraiser for him, while The Lawrence County Historical Society announced it is assembling a display for April honoring his work.