Robert Sands, also known as Santa around Enid, was born on December 1st, 1954, in Canyon City, Colorado. Before moving to Oklahoma, Robert and his family moved to San Diego, California. When he was 15, they moved to Oklahoma and settled down.
Robert’s mother was a stay-at-home mom, but she was also an artist. She was a painter, and his father was in the Navy. Robert eventually followed in his father’s footsteps, but he also went on to do other things as well.
On October 5, 1991, Robert married Pamela Sands here in Enid Oklahoma, and they moved to Jet, Oklahoma, in 1996. In addition to being Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Robert and Pam were involved in many things throughout the community. Robert was a manager at the original Pizza Inn for many years, and he worked for the City of Enid, Enid Animal Control, and Jet Animal Control. He now also owns his own Animal Control. In addition to his many professions, he also does volunteer work, which is where you might recognize him from. To some he’s Dad or Grandpa, but to many, he’s Santa.
Robert has been volunteering as Santa for over a decade, and he’s been Santa all over Northwest Oklahoma. He and his late wife, Pam, were Mr. and Mrs. Claus to many children and families. They started their adventure as Mr. and Mrs. Claus in 2003, and it grew from there. In 2011, they started ‘Breakfast with Santa’ at Golden Corral. Since then, they’ve traveled and visited many towns and daycares. Robert partners with his daughter, Jennifer, at Mug Shots Photography to help you and your loved ones bring the Holidays home. Pam may no longer be with us, but she will live on in the picture frames of those whose lives they’ve touched. Stephanie Collins took her son to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus one year, and she said, “He’s the most ‘real’ Santa I have ever met in my 34 years. In looks, spirit, and the heart he has for children.”
Robert is very family oriented and anyone who knows him would tell you just that. His daughter, Amy, said, “He’s got a really kind heart, and he would do anything for anybody.” Robert lives in Kremlin with his family. He has four adult children, Amy, John, Ben, and Jennifer, and he has 29 grandchildren.
Whether you’ve seen him as Santa or he’s helped you with your fur babies, Robert is a true “Local Legend.”
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