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Sean Banks

April 26, 1969 - October 17, 2020

Sean  BanksSean  BanksSean Thomas Banks, 51, of Salem, Oregon, passed away unexpectedly on October 17, 2020.
Sean was born April 26, 1969 in Wilmington, Delaware. He graduated from high school in 1987 in Federal Way, Washington and immediately joined the Army. He trained as a combat medic in Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. He later went to airborne school in Ft. Benning, Georgia then to Air Assault School and was stationed at 101st. Airborne division in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. In 1990 Sean was deployed to Saudi Arabia to serve in the Gulf War. In 1994 he went to 91C school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse where he graduated in 1995 and was then stationed at Weed Army Medical Center in Ft. Irwin, California. In 1996 Sean’s son Zach was born. Sean decided to end his military career in 1997 and moved to Oregon, where he worked as a nurse at various clinics, hospitals, and correctional facilities for 16 years. In 2007 Sean’s son Ryan was born. In 2013 Sean decided to switch careers and joined the Oregon Police Academy. After graduating, Sean served his community as a patrol deputy with the Marion County Sherriff’s Department, and then in 2018, he was promoted to Detective.
Sean enjoyed the outdoors, kayaking, hiking, and running races to include the Hood to Coast Team Race, and Cascade Lakes Race. He loved target shooting, hard rock music and collecting movies. His hobby of woodworking later became his trade.
Sean will be remembered for many things, but most importantly, his love for his two sons. He will also be remembered for his dry sense of humor, high intelligence, quiet yet confident demeanor, wood working and construction skills, and his affection for his dogs. He is survived by his two sons, Zachary, and Ryan Banks, and his two Australian Shepherds, Oliver and Emma.


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Zach and Ryan I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine how you boys are feeling. I never got to meet your dad. But seems like he accomplished a lot in such a short time. You boys should be proud of his career in the service and his accomplishments. He may not be here but i am sure he is watching over you.

I will always remember how Sean would hug Ryan    . Sometimes Ryan would be playing at our house and it would be time for Sean to leave for work as a police officer. He would knock on the door and ask to see Ryan. Sean and Ryan would talk for a few moments and then hug. I always thought it was so sweet. Sean wanted Ryan to know he loved him.

I also remember how much Sean liked dogs. He was always so good with our old dog, Gracie. And when she had separation anxiety Sean talked to me about it and gave me some suggestions. 

Ryan and Zach, I’m so sorry you lost your dad. I know it’s very difficult. We are always here if you need anything!   

Love, Amybeth(and the whole Hancock family)

I was Sean's friend at fort Campbell. He was very competent,kind-nice, with a great temperament-personable. He was just a great human being. I could say more but his children probably experienced it. He was and still a great guy they will eventually see for eternity when God brings them there to do wonderful things with him once more. He is something special. I consider myself a wonderful human being, but Sean was the whole package.