Russell George Sampson

Russell George Sampson Russell Sampson passed away at his home in Carlotta on November 6, 2013. Russell, "Russ," or as some called him "Capital Coins," was 64. Born in Long Beach, CA in 1949, Russ graduated from La Habra High in 1967 where he was very active in FFA and sports. He excelled in both areas raising and selling steers to earn money and playing football and baseball including participating in the 3rd National Pop Warner Disneyland Bowl Football Festival. After high school and some college Russ joined the Peace Corps and served in Puerto Rico, Columbia and Peru. When he returned to the United States he moved to Humboldt County where he worked on a dairy farm while he continued his education. Russ completed the Forest Technology Certification program at CR after which he took a job as surveyor. Being a person who loved to learn he decided to go back to school and studied electronic communication. After completing the electronics program Russ and his wife, Darleene, opened "Northern Electronics," a small electronics repair shop in Fortuna. In 1986 Russ decided he wanted to pursue a longtime interest in coin collecting and went to Denver to earn his certification in "U.S. Coin Grading" from The American Numismatic Association. Upon returning home he opened "Capital Coins," a very successful store in Fortuna that sold coins and supplies, silver and gold bullion, sports cards, memorabilia, and comics. Russ traveled to coin shows up and down the West coast and became well known and respected by his fellow coin dealers. In the later 1990s Russ decided to try another field of interest and went to work for Prudential Insurance during which time he became certified and licensed in various insurance and financial planning areas. He quickly become one of the top salesmen in Northern California. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious illness which forced him to leave Prudential. He decided to go into semi-retirement continuing to operate Capital Coins from home. Russ' greatest hobby was golf, which he was passionate about. He also enjoyed traveling and it seems no matter where he went we would always hear someone say, "There's Capital Coins!" As challenging and interesting as his professional life was he has always maintained that the best thing he ever did in his life was to be the father of his sons, Eric and Brian Sampson. He was so proud of them, he never failed to tell everyone about them. Russell is survived by his wife of 35 years, Darleene Sampson, his sons Eric and Brian Sampson, brothers, Mike Sampson and John Ginsback, uncle Roger Sampson, and cousins Roger Sampson, and Gerri Lee Cribbs. We love and miss you Russ. There will be a celebration of life for Russell at his home on Saturday, November 16, at 2:00PM. For more information please call 845-9991. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Russ' favorite opportunity for students - The Summer Science Program (, or a . Please sign the guestbook at and click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Nov. 14, 2013