William Dee Samowitz
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1947 ~ 2012
"Every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings." Bill got his wings on August 12, 2012. As in his favorite movie, It's A Wonderful Life, Bill tried to be like George Bailey. Cherished sweetheart, eternal companion, beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother, Uncle and friend to many - finished his mortal journey here much too soon. Bill was born on May 16, 1947 in Logan, Utah, son of Moses and Elizabeth (Jarvis) Samowitz. Married Noreen (Rasmussen) Samowitz; later divorced. Married Janice (Justesen) Samowitz and they were sealed in the Timpanogas Temple in 2005. Bill was a faithful member of the LDS church and served in various church callings. He was always there for anyone in need. There were no strangers in Bill's life, everyone was family to him. He worked at the United States Post Office for over 40 years and made many long lasting friendships there. His smile will always be remembered by everyone who knew him. He also worked for Advance Funding doing mortgages for several years and was grateful for the many relationships he made there. Bill was an avid train collector. Enjoyed working on his trains every morning, going to train shows and enjoyed sharing his love of trains with his grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice of nine years, his five children, Bret (Maralee) Samowitz, Scott (Terri) Samowitz, Charity Samowitz, John (Jessica) Samowitz and Katie Samowitz Sizemore; brother, Kirk (Susan) Samowitz, sister, Mrs. Brent (Carellyn) Reed, nine wonderful grandchildren, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the River View 8th Ward, 287 W. River Chapel Road (11600 South), Draper, Utah. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evening at Goff Mortuary, 8090 S. State Street, Midvale, Utah and at the church 1 hour prior to the services. Interment, Salt Lake City Cemetery. www.goffmortuary.com


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Published in Deseret News on Aug. 15, 2012.
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August 9, 2019
Love and miss you Billy Boy. Think about you every day.....
Julie Prusak
Family
March 25, 2019
I love and miss you everyday. I'm so glad you were my big brother. You really taught me a lot about friendship and love.
Carellyn Sam
February 11, 2013
Jan I am so so sorry. I had no idea he was sick. I am so sad
Karen Bsumek
October 27, 2012
Dear Jan and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He called me to tell me of his illness (we touched bases regularly) and when I called him back a few weeks later to see how things were going it was already too late. I just found out today about his passing and am so sorry I missed his funeral. Jan, Bill spoke often and lovingly of you. He cherished his children and always wanted the best for you.

Bill and I started working for the Postal Service in the 1970's, he at Midvale and I in Sandy. We shared a lot of good times and some difficult ones too. We had a chance to become a lot closer after I came to work in Midvale as well. As you know, Bill cared about people. He was always a source of humor and compassion at work and I shall miss his regular phone calls. I'm glad his suffering is over and send my condolences to the family. God Bless you all.
Willem F "Bill" Groot
September 20, 2012
Rest In Peace Dear Friend.
You will be missed at the Post Office. I went there today and found your obit. Your space was empty, you werent there to greet me and chat like we always did. So deeply saddened by your passing.My condolences to your family on their loss of such a wonderful man.
Maxine Martinez
August 28, 2012
Jan and Bill 4th of July Breakfast
Jan Samowitz
August 24, 2012
Dear Jan,
I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing I just learned of this. He was a wonderful person. Miss seeing him at the post office and really enjoy the many years he was in the Midvale Ward. Will miss his friendship. Katie and John were great friends to my Children.I know you will miss your dad, but he is now out of pain. It must have been so quick it seems like I just saw him at the post office.So very sorry to hear about this. My prayers and thoughts are with at this time and the family.
Becky Rasmussen
August 20, 2012
Bill you are a special person. There is a special place for people like you and everyone you touched will miss you very much.

Take care my friend on your journey.
Brent Woodall
August 17, 2012
Kirk,sorry to hear of your brothers passing. my condolence to you and your family members.
Art Elizondo
August 17, 2012
I only knew Bill from the post office but he made a lasting impression. I would go in every morning and he always waved and said hi Karen how are you today. I was very sad when I went in today and saw the obituary. I wish his family the best and please know that I will always remember Bill with a smile and a wave.
Karen West
August 17, 2012
I miss you already, my friend. Have been thinking alot lately about the great times we had. I will never forget your bellowing laugh and how it filled the room. You had a way of always making those around you smile. Thanks for the memories.
E. R.
August 16, 2012
Great memories of Bill. As a friend of my brother Jack, singing the Messiah together in the Midvale Stake, visiting during our walks at the mall,
a smile and a chat at the post office. Good man!
Love to your family,
Dave Nicol
David Nicol
August 16, 2012
Charity, Scott and Family,

So sorry for your loss. Praying for your entire family now and in the days ahead. May your Father in Heaven wrap his arms around you all.

Andrea Arnold Ingleby
August 16, 2012
My dear Jan, knowing Bill only through you some may think I didn't know him at all. But because of your love for him and how proud you were to be his wife, I knew him well. My great sympathy and love, my prayers and caring are with you every day. Bill was a celebration of life that was too short but well lived. My heart goes out to you and all who knew him.
Patricia Wallace
August 16, 2012
Dear Jan,
It has been a blessing in our lives to know you and Bill. He was always kind and sweet to our family. The world needs more people like Jan and Bill. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Much Love,
Martha Bybee
Martha Bybee
August 16, 2012
Hi Bill, this is Don Stepan, one of your Midvale buds and Hillcrest High school buds. We used to play basketball in our backyard with a hoop on the front of the garage. I have great memories of you Bill. Sorry to hear of your passing. Love, Donzo.
August 16, 2012
Bill helped give to us what we will forever be grateful to him for, his precious beautiful children who we treasure as we do our own. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your dear mother and we ask for the Lord's blessings of comfort and peace on you all.
Love,
Dave and Angie Rasmussen
David Rasmussen
August 16, 2012
Dear Samowitz Family,

Our hearts and prayers are with you at this hour. I remember great time in my youth with Bill and will always remember him as engaging, fun and caring. The Healey's and Jarvis family send all our love and care.

Love Fred and Jill Healey
For: Jim and Joan Healey, Russ and Adelaide Jarvis Healey, Patrick Jarvis and Diane Healey, Art and Laurie Healey.
Fred Healey
August 15, 2012
Dear Samowitz family,
We are so sorry to hear this sad news...please know of our love and support for you during this difficult time.
Hugs to you all :)
~Rob and Amy
Amy Staley
August 15, 2012
I worked with Brother Samowitz in the Temple. He was a sweet man and will be missed.
Kelly Vernon
August 15, 2012
Dear Samowitz family, I went to high school with Bill and I will never forget how friendly he was then and how friendly he was when ever I saw him at the Midvale Post Office. I always enjoyed going to the post office to talk with Bill about high school friends. He was a good friend and a wonderful person. I will miss him.
Sincerely Priscilla Johnson
August 15, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Love : Bryan, & Debbie,Pullman and the rest of the family
August 15, 2012
My dear friend, I spoke with you just a few days ago, we were planning our next move together. I so wish that I had told you how special a friend to me you have been and how I enjoyed working with you for the last 6 years. You will be forever in my heart and my thoughts. To Bill's family, I had many many conversations with Bill, he was so proud of the children he raised and finding the love he shared with Jan, I hope that if there is anything I can do for any of you, please feel free to contact me. Sincerely, my deepest sypathies.
Margie Reid-Tafoya
August 15, 2012
I am sorry to hear of Bills passing. I will miss him at the post office. Peace to his loved ones.

Sincerely,
Lisa Lawson
Lisa Lawson
August 15, 2012
We are going to miss you Bill.. The girls LOVE you!
Shalise Benjamin
August 15, 2012
Dear Jan,
Thanks for sharing Bill, it was such a wonderful experience to have him in our lives. We know you are surrounded with love and caring people. Bill's passing has given us all an opportunity to reflect on his example of leading a good life. We thank the good Lord for meeting you and Bill.
Lee & Kathy Guthrie
August 15, 2012
Dear Samowitz Family,
No doubt your sweet husband, father and Grandpa got his wings!!! He was some kind of wonderful...everything we esteem to be! Our family is blessed to have known him. We will miss his smiles and hugs at church.
Much love,
Chelle Ward and Family
August 15, 2012
To All of the Dear Samowitz Family...I am so very sorry to see of your beloved father's passing. I know Scotty best. I have such fun memories you, Scott, and the many adventures you and Kelly conjured up! 'Scary' still looks on this nickname with a big smile and a shake of her head! Our home was always a little brighter when I heard of the pranks you two pulled on your family or others. We will miss our 'Billy mouse-ko-witz' more then I can say. May the Lord's choicest blessings be with ALL of you at this time.....my prayers are with you. With Love, Susie Smith
August 15, 2012
Jan, We love you and our hearts and prayers are with you. Be strong until you can see Bill again.
Dee Justesen
August 15, 2012
Bill on Halloween 2011
Oh Bill,
I am flooded with memories of fun times we've had together as a family over the years. Our annual Halloween parties, 4th of July BBQ's, and of course Christmas...your favorite! I will not forget your little chuckle and your full on belly laughs! I'm so glad we were able to go see some great movies together with Jan and those memories will always be with me. I'm so grateful you have been part of my life. You have helped me in so many ways and your love and support over the years was a true example of who you are. I'm happy you are now in Heavenly Father's hands and are surrounded with peace and out of pain. Thank you for taking care of Jan. We will always be here for her now so when the time is right you two will be united for an eternity of happiness together. I love you Bill!
Geri Mackie
August 15, 2012
Dear Scott and Charity, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Danylle Utley
August 15, 2012
I was so sad to be informed of Bill's passing. I've only known Bill for a couple of years, but I knew him in both of his professional endeavors and I learned quickly that he was the type of guy who always went the extra mile to do what is best for someone else. He wasn't motivated by landing the most lucrative deals, but rather, by doing the very best he could for his clients.

I'm truly sorry for the loss of Bill as a friend, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to hear how loved he is by his wife, his children, and other friends.

Rest in Peace, Bill. You clearly left your light shining brightly.
John Roberts
August 15, 2012
We have wonderful memories of the Samowitz family when we were all living in Sandy and raising our children together in the same ward (1972-1988)
May the Lord bless you all with His love and comfort at this difficult time of loss in your lives.
Kristine (Clark) Ford
John & Kristine Ford
August 15, 2012
Dear Scott and Terri,
I am sorry to hear of your loss. It must be a hard thing to lose your parent. I pray that you recieve the comfort that you need to get through this difficult time. I miss your family and think about you often. I love you my friends.
Robin Rawlings
August 15, 2012
Jan I'm so sorry to hear that Bill passed. I's hard we just talked with you. Nancy and I will do what we can.
Don
Don Dimmick
August 15, 2012
Dear Jan!
My dear best friend, my heart breaks for you, but it also rejoices!!!! How blessed you are to have known and loved someone that saying goodbye to is so darn hard!!! Even better to know that he does live,and that you will be together forever!!! I know you are sad, I wish I could wipe that away, but just as sad as you are now.... you will be that happy, if not more when you are together again...
I love you, and I'm here anytime you need me!!!!
Love you best friend!
Joanne
Joanne Rittenhouse
August 15, 2012
May our Father in Heaven bless Bill for all his goodness. May He also bless Bill's family.
Doug Anderson
August 15, 2012
My amazing eternal companion. Thank you for giving me nine glorious years with you. Thank you for your unselfishness. Thank you for taking such good care of me. I am going to be heartbroken without you for now but rejoice in the fact that you are no longer in pain and that I will embrace you again one day.I love you sweetheart.
Jan Samowitz
August 14, 2012
Ahh, Bill... I am so sad! You were such a great neighbor and friend, I really cannot believe you are gone, it was just last week we were laughing so hard around your Kitchen table, you were such a hard worker and you gave it your all. I will miss seeing you in your dads hat outside of your house on Saturdays with your weed killer doing everything you could to kill them nasty buggers... I knew you must have not been feeling well if you had weeds starting in your yard. You were so great with my girls, they are heartbroken but they understand the plan. Please know we are here for Jan we know your biggest worry was Jan... we will rally around and be here for her. I just cannot believe you are gone, you were just telling me stories about your dad and I loved to see your smile on your face! Darn it, I just feel so bad that your gone.. My life took another turn the day you passed away, It's hard to start a life of change when you care about someone so much. Thank you again for your kind heart, thank you for your valiant spirit! Love you Bill, Danica and Bryhn will miss your treats and bringing you pictures.
SHALISE (Veenendaal) BENJAMIN
August 14, 2012
Bill, it still seems like I'm dreaming. I guess I need to slap my face and wake up. Boy, it was hard on me to hear it right at the end of sacrament mtg. You can see that there are many who care a lot about you. We're (me especially) are going to miss you. Hope your reunion with loved ones has been sweet. You're a good man.... your bud down here, Chris Aaron
Chris Aaron
August 14, 2012
Bill,

You have always been such a great neighbor and friend! I will miss you! Thanks for everything you have done for my family!
Sheree Parent
August 14, 2012
Bill at Christmas 2010
Julie Torres
August 14, 2012
Billy Boy I will miss your humor and infectious smile! You will be missed by so many many people.
Love Julie
Julie Torres
August 14, 2012
Rest in Peace old friend.

Marty Pezely
August 14, 2012
I will miss you Dad.

I am going to miss that voice, that smile. and yes... even your smells..

Thank you for teaching me forgiveness, and what apologies really mean.

I love you forever Dad
John Samowitz
August 14, 2012
To Bill's Family, My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. I worked with Bill for 20 years at the Midvale Post Office. He always said'Good Morning, How are you?'. He loved to talk about the latest episode of Hot In Cleveland, and would laugh and laugh. He always had a book with him to read during his breaks. And he loved Christmas music! He would often say he could listen to it all year. He loved and spoke often of his wife Jan, kids and grandkids, he loved you all. Many, many customers have come in asking about Bill, they break down and cry. He enjoyed talking with each one and getting to know them. He will be missed by his customers and coworkers. God Bless, Jana Parker
Jana Parker
August 14, 2012
Bret and Maralee,
May the peace that comes from a knowledge of our Savior's Atonement, and the love you father had for you, be yours.
James Nielsen
James Nielsen
August 14, 2012
Jan,
So sorry to hear of your loss of Bill. He was a truly great man and will be doing much missionary work where he is now. He will always be looking upon you and will always be there with you in spirit.
With love,
The Slater family
Gene and Jamie Slater
August 14, 2012
Dad,
Thanks for sharing your love of ice cream, candy,soda and Christmas music with me. I think my favorite memories with you include one or all of those things. :) Thank you for your love and for never giving up on me.
Love you dad!
Katie Samowitz
August 14, 2012
John,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Candie B.
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