Jay Cowdery (1958 - 2016)

  • "Sam Sam, Your death surprised us all, we were not prepared..."
    - Shelley Phillips
  • "Aw Sam, So sorry you are gone. Always hoped we'd reconnect..."
  • " And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, Look!..."
    - Anlyrica cox
  • "One of the most genuine people I knew from Service High..."
    - Deb Foote Reeder
  • "I met Sam at anchorage christian center years ago. Great..."

Anchorage, Alaska, resident Jay "Sam" Cowdery, 57, passed away on March 7, 2016, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. Sam was born on July 8, 1958, to Jay and Ellen Cowdery in Anaheim, Calif. The family lived there until returning permanently to Alaska in 1964. Sam attended Abbott Loop Elementary School and was a member of the Abbot Loop Baseball and Hockey teams. Later, fishing, camping, hunting and gardening became Sam's favorite pastimes. The happiest years of Sam's life were spent at the family's cabin on the Kenai River. Sam's love for the outdoors and especially fishing won him several family bets on who would catch the most fish. Good times and happy memories were made around campfires and fishing on the river with family and friends. Learning from working alongside his dad and brothers in the family's water and sewer construction business gave Sam the skills he needed to become an excellent heavy equipment operator and pipe layer. Through the years he held other jobs, including working on the oil platforms in the Cook Inlet. Sam became a skilled craftsman carpenter and loved the challenges and pride that came in building houses and smaller projects. Through the years Sam made many friends through casual conversations with strangers, and he became will liked in the community. He never questioned giving whatever he had to help another person in need and even in hard times, he remained hopeful for a better future. His smile and big heart will be missed the most, and if he were reading this right now, he would probably ask all of us to give something of ourselves to another person in need. Sam is preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Ellen Cowdery; and his brothers, David, Michael and Gary. He leaves behind his daughter, Becky; sister, Cheryl; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers, please honor Sam by giving to Anchorage Rescue Mission, 2823 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99507. A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016, at Joy Christian Center, 4335 Laurel St. in Anchorage. Pastor Marlan Schoenleben will officiate. A private burial will be held at a later date at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes, Witzleben Chapel. To share words of comfort with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on June 2, 2016