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May 2, 2014
Sam Rinaker was THE anchor in San Diego in the 60s and 70s, reporting calmly and mellifluously over a culturally dynamic time. He later went on to be a spokesman at SDG&E, where I spoke with him on the phone one day very, very early in my news career, interrogating him about some eminently forgettable power outage that was being blown up by the assignment editor into The Biggest Story Of The Year; Mr. Rinaker calmly and mellifluously answered my interrogations about the insignificant outage and then I gushed for a moment or two about how I had grown up watching him anchor the news and now that I was in the news biz, what an honor it was to be talking with him. He was very gracious. He merits a lot more mention, in print and tv, than he has received. A gentleman. Who is remembered for making the news bigger than himself; not the other way around. A man to aspire to.
April 28, 2014
Hello. I am Marion Buntin. My late husband is Michael Rinaker Buntin. He is the son of Virginia Rinaker, who is the daughter of Lewis Rinaker who would have been the brother of John Irving Rinaker Jr., Sam, and Tom Rinaker.

I fell across the obit and articles of your father who must be Samuel Mayo Rinaker Jr. My husband became acquainted with this cousin while we were living in Dana Point forty-some years ago.

If it is something of interest I have some of the info about the earlier branches of the family. My e-mail is marionbuntin@gmail.com and am still in contact with the grandchildren of Lewis Rinaker.

I am sorry for the circumstances of your loss. I know we are 100% mortal, and the time does have to come for us to step off the planet, but this couldn't have been easy for you.
April 28, 2014
I so enjoyed seeing Sam on the news and working with him at SDG&E. May he rest peacefully and may his family and friends have him live on through their memories.
April 27, 2014
Sam, Libby and Mary,
We always knew and respected your father as "Big Sam". His voice and stature made him stand out among so many. We have fond memories of listening to his newscasts and meeting him for the first time at his patio celebrating Mary and Sam's union. May you find peace at this time with reflection of your memories.
Love,
Robin and Joy
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