A senior, Sam studied architecture at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.
This spring, many in Bozeman saw the little truck that flew a pirate flag around town.
That was Sam.
He found a million uses for pink duct tape and dyed his hair magenta each spring.
He reached out with kindness to many, particularly anyone who was a newcomer.
While others drank beer, he ate popsicles.
He was most wholly himself when sledding “freshies” in the backcountry with the Spokane area snowmobile riders.
Always, he framed life on his own terms.
Sam will long be loved and missed.
His friends stretch from the sledding community to the MSU School of Architecture, from the Pasadena Park neighborhood to Saint George’s School, from the Westway Co. in Airway Heights to the Wind River Indian Reservation.
His family includes Marny Lombard, Spokane, Dave and Linda Henderson, Spirit Lake, Idaho, Marisa Clemets, Spokane, and Jim Cochrane, Orofino, Idaho.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 9, in Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga University campus.
Rather than flowers or donations, please adopt and spread this concept as a way of life: Always offer more than the necessary kindness, for you never know what battles others fight.