May 26, 1964 – October 17, 2019
Sam was born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho. He graduated and was a proud member of the Caldwell High School Class of 1982.
At Caldwell High School, Sam was engaged in all manner of activities. Some sanctioned, some not. He played football, wrestled, golfed, and represented the school on the speech and debate team. He was a leader, a friend, defender of those who were mistreated, and a counselor to many struggling through adolescence. He was the quintessential "Big Man on Campus."
Sam not only participated in the activities listed above, but he was also a member of the National Honor Society, the Idaho chapter of DeMolay and was also named to Who’s Who in America, something he was very proud of. The single thing Sam was most proud of though was his long list of friends. Sam prided himself in being a part of so many lives. Each of you that knew him; know this, he cherished friendship above all else.
Sam took this same approach with family. He was always the first to come to the aid regardless of the issue. Family members gravitated to Sam. Who knows why; maybe it was his size, maybe it was the sound of his voice, maybe it was his giving heart, or maybe it was all these things wrapped together?
Sam was also a prankster. He once asked to borrow $100 from his brother Mike. Unbeknown to Mike, he had also asked several other family members for the same thing. Spring break in Moscow will never be the same! We all laughed about this years later.
Sam was first diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2018. He had surgery at that time but unfortunately the cancer returned. Sam spent the next year fighting courageously but, in the end, he lost the battle. Once while in consultation with his oncologist Sam was given his odds of survival. Not liking the response, Sam questioned statistical reference. He was not going out without a fight!
Sam was preceded in death by his father, Whitey and his mother Norma. He also lost two brothers Bill and Richard as well as his brother-in-law, Cliff. Sam is survived by siblings, Rod and Darla Rohm of Nampa, Janet Howard of Boise, Mike Rohm of Meridian, and Laura Coe of Boise. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
His family and friends rallied around him during this battle. Sister Laura who provided 24/7 care for Sam throughout this battle, sister Janet who transported him to many appointments and rotated to care for Sam in Salt Lake City, brother Mike who made many trips to Salt Lake City. Niece Samantha who stayed with him for six weeks for his first round of radiation, niece Lee and family Kevin and Snow who were always available for transportation, errands, and Dutch Bros. runs. Aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews all demonstrated their love with visits, treats, and cards. The constant outpouring of love and support by his friends was such a magical and wonderful thing to witness. He was a rich man indeed.
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