Sam’s friends and family fondly recalled Sam as the ever-smiling, steady, family man, always ready to lend a hand.
It was good to see Sam’s family- some of whom I had not seen for many years: Eldest son, David and his wife live in La Verne. He and his wife, Donna,
are dentists. David works for the Veteran’s Administration. Wesley’s wife is Elizabeth. They live in San Marino, and Wesley practices medicine in Arcadia. Their son, Tyler, is a senior at Baylor University in Texas. Loreen is Mark’s wife.
He is a dentist, practicing in Sylmar, and Loreen works as a financial planner at the former Pratt/Whitney plant in Northridge. Their daughter, Sara, is a 9th grader at Heritage School in North Hills.
Since I read the eulogy prepared by the family, I had a chance to tell of my remembrances of Sam. To illustrate his conscientious devotion to JACL I displayed a doughball booth binder which we use every year which Sam had started 50 years ago. In it were not only detailed construction instructions with photos, but a record of each year’s earnings for the booth. Marion took over Sam’s doughball assignment 12 years ago, and I was put in charge of overseeing the annual setting up of the booth. Two years ago, I had the crew ready to start setting-up the booth, but I had forgotten Sam’s manual. I had to call Marion and have her bring it to the CC so we could do the job!
Terry, we grieve with you for Sam, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and faithful SFV JACL member.
- By Phil Shigekuni, JACL Board Member/Civil Rights Chair
Editor's Note: Sam was also responsible for instituting our chapter's scholarship program which recently added an internship component.