Sam grew up in Woodinville, where he lived since the age of one. Days before the accident, which tragically took Sam's life, he moved with his parents to Snohomish, Washington. Sam loved everything about life. He enjoyed camping and roughing it in the woods, jeeping and riding dirt bikes for fun as well as racing in the NMA off-road series. Sam swam in Washington's rivers, boated in the lakes, skied in the mountains and relaxed at the beaches. He passed away days before he was set to graduate with the Class of 2011 at Woodinville High School. Sam had made the commitment to the United States Marine Corps as an early entry "Poolee", received his MOS and was set to depart for boot camp in August. His life plans were to serve his country for four years and then apply to the Seattle Fire Department, where Sam would have been a 4th generation firefighter.
We feel so blessed to have had Sam for 18 years. With his kind heart, nonjudgmental nature, acceptance and ability to see the good in everyone, he taught us to be better parents. Sam leaves behind a trail of heavy hearts. However, his spirit will live on and the good memories will replace the tears.
Sam is survived by his parents, Ken and Debra of Snohomish, sister, Caitlin of Seattle, Grandparents Richard and Patty Egeck of Gig Harbor/Sun Lakes, AZ, Marilyn Howard of Eugene, Oregon and Charles (Wes) Hurlocker, Jr. of Renton and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.
A celebration of Sam's life was held at Woodinville High School on June 7th. A private family service will be held outdoors later this summer.
A scholarship fund is presently in the works to benefit a future Woodinville High School graduate(s) in Sam's honor.
We want to extend a sincere thank you for the overwhelming support given to us by the staff and administration at Woodinville High School, the student body, especially the Class of 2011, Sam's friends from adjacent communities, other parents, our friends and family, the Woodinville Fire Department and the Seattle Fire Department family.