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Samuel Huntington Sandt
1939 - 2013
Samuel Huntington Sandt, waterman, teacher and coach died Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Sam loved the ocean; his wife Patricia Gozawa Sandt (Pat); traveling, whether to Japan for anthropological study, to the Great Wall with son Samuel Sandt or to Michigan to visit daughter Caroline Goetze (Eugene); surfing; sailing; and knowing things. Food and family gatherings were important to Sam. He enjoyed entertaining. Sons David Hashimoto (Susan) and Kevin Hashimoto, and daughter Karen Hashimoto were frequent visitors. Sam's life revolved around the water from almost the moment he moved to California with mother Ruth Carroll Comings Sandt Gibson (Joseph) (both deceased) and brothers James Sandt, Philip Sandt, Joseph Gibson, Robert Gibson (deceased) and George Charles Gibson (deceased). He swam competitively, lifeguarded at Leo Carrillo State Beach and enjoyed volunteer coaching South High's Swim Team. Sam didn't dance well, which was unfortunate for former wife Merry O'Connell (who did) and embarrassed his kids, but didn't bother Pat. He did, however, have a nice voice and liked to sing along with the stereo in his car turned up loud. Sam shared his love of the natural world with the children in his life. He took countless walks on beaches and in canyons with his eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, teaching them along the way. When the kids got tired, he gave them a ride on his shoulders. Sam learned to read late, but earned two master's degrees, taught community college for almost three decades, directed L.A. Harbor College's Program for Accelerated College Education for eleven years, and Management Information Systems at L.A. Harbor College for four years. Sam always encouraged his students, the kids he coached and his offspring to try a little harder because he felt they were capable of much more. Mostly Sam wanted to have fun and tried to make sure those around him were having fun. Sam succeeded. A celebration of his life will be held at Green Hills Memorial Chapel, 27501 South Western Avenue Rancho Palos Verdes, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 3-4 p.m., and a paddle out will be held in front of TORR tower, Torrance Beach, Wednesday August 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Surfrider Foundation or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.


Published in Daily Breeze from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12, 2013
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