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Sam Calhoun

December 8, 1936 -
October 31, 2012

Sam was a native Californian. He left home at 17 to pursue his interest in bodybuilding and landed in Venice Beach, CA where he and his friends formed the now famous Muscle Beach. He was featured in numerous muscle and fitness magazines, and in 1959 he won the "America's Most Muscular Man" title. Sam had a unique combination of both "brains and brawn" and he catapulted his interest into mastering exercise physiology. In the late 1960's he opened his first health club in Palos Verdes, and then subsequent clubs in San Pedro and Culver City, which he operated for over 30 years with his wife Lonna. Many local residents still fondly remember the Palos Verdes Health Clubs. His career pursuit was courageous, especially after he was afflicted with a rare case of Polio in 1975. Utilizing his bodybuilding knowledge, he taught himself to walk again, but from that time on he was partially disabled. Sam believed that personal training was his God-given calling, and he dedicated his life to helping others. He continued tutoring and mentoring personal trainers up until the last weeks of his life. Sam was a complex man, and his deep emotions are beautifully articulated in his poetry. In 2011, he won First Place in the Shakespeare poetry competition. Sam loved art, film noir, jazz and he even wrote a novel that his family hopes to publish one day. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lonna; his son, Alex ; and granddaughters, Angelica and Alyssandra; his son, Carter; daughter, Andrea Browning; and new baby grandson, Grayson, who filled his last days with joy. He will be missed by his sister, Virginia Krug; son-in-law, Jeff Browning; Carter's fiancé, Meghan Garvey; and many other friends and family. His memorial celebration will be held at the Plaza at Cabrillo Marina, 224 Whalers Walk, San Pedro, CA 90731, on November 9th at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Union Rescue Mission, PO Box 53629, L.A., CA 90053-9983. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on Nov. 7, 2012
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