May 28, 1952 - November 3, 2018
Jack Sams left us for the Spirit World on November 3, 2018.
Jack was born May 28, 1952, to Chuck and Ruby Sams, in Pendleton, Oregon. Jack was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Jack grew up in Weston, Oregon, where he attended Weston Grade School and Weston High School. Jack excelled in football and baseball. He graduated from high school in 1971, and attended Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, graduating in 1973 with a degree in diesel mechanics.
Jack made his home in Eugene, Oregon, for the last 46 years. In September of 1996 he married longtime girlfriend Beverly Latenhauser. Jack worked many years for Eugene Electric Water Board (EWEB).
Jack was a fun-loving guy. He loved to hunt and fish, and Jack loved to dance, and enjoyed music and concerts; he was a big Grateful Dead fan and Buddy Guy fan.
Family actives were extremely important to Jack. He cherished celebrating get-togethers with his Sams family because there was lots of laughter and storytelling among the family members, and remembering of old times. Jack love to read: his favorites were western books, he had a full collection of Louis L’Amour. He also collected comic books, and enjoyed gardening and attending to his roses.
After retirement he volunteered at a senior center, playing cards with the elderly.
Jack is survived by his wife Beverly; his daughters Jen Blankenship and Chrissy Sams; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; mother Ruby Sams; brothers Butch (Sarah) David and Kim Sams; sisters Mari Tester, Margaret and Tammy Sams, and Sally (Dave) Kosey; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Chuck Sams, and brothers Donald Sams and John “Sluggo” Sams.
There will be a Celebration of Life at St. Andrew Mission on Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 a.m., with a dinner to follow at Kateri Hall.