Perkins D. Sams

  • "Perkins and Anne Although we lost touch, my father was Cpt..."
    - Kate Young
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    - ada heller
  • " My deep sympathy for the family and for others who loved..."
    - Ronald Williamson
  • "Perkins' voice was unforgettable. As a ten-year-old..."
    - Andrew White
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    - Douglas Themis

Perkins Daugherty Sams passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2010 in Midland, Texas at the age of 82. Perkins was born on September 4, 1927 in Deland, Florida to Murray and Genevieve Sams. He attended the University of Virginia before enlisting in the Army and serving on the Manhattan project in Los Alamos, New Mexico. After the service he embarked on an oil and gas career for a five year tenure with Gulf Oil Corporation (1951-1956) in their Land and Exploration department before becoming an active independent in 1956. As an independent he worked many of the major hydrocarbon basins in the U. S., including the Permian Basin, Texas Gulf Coast, East Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, the Rocky Mountain Region, California and Alaska. He had offices in Denver, Midland and Houston and notable discoveries of the Moore-Sams Field in Louisiana, Indian Hills Field in North Dakota and Sand Dunes Field in Wyoming among others. In addition, he had international experience which included two concessions in Somalia and one in the Sudanese Red Sea. During his career, he has owned and managed a cable tool company, a pipeline company and an oil and gas holding company. He has owned an auto dealership, a newspaper and has been active in real estate including ranches in Colorado and Texas. Perkins had many interests and in the pursuit of these interests always demanded the best, as Midlanders who knew his garden can attest. He assembled and collected the largest private collection of Gems and Minerals in the world. The Ann and Perkins Sams Gem and Mineral Collection which is housed in the Museum of Natural Science in Houston and is considered the best collection in the world. He was a fantastic cook and a great storyteller. He was an avid hunter and fisherman but also a conservationist which is noted by his management of his Taylor River property in Colorado and his service on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Most recently, he created the Pecos River Resolution Corporation, a nonprofit created to study the river, determine its best use and resolve what is needed to accomplish that mission. Perkins was preceded in death by his parents Murray and Genevieve Sams, his first wife Elizabeth Bradley Sams, his daughter Elizabeth Sams, his brother Francis Sams and a grandson, John Perkins Foretich. He is survived by his wife of thirty years Ann Bronston Sams; his brother Murray Sams of Deland, Florida; his son, Lourcey Sams and wife, Lisa Sams of Midland, Texas, and their children, Malone Sams, Hilory Davis and Hunter Davis; his son, Roe Sams and wife, Terri Sams of Midland, Texas and their children, Jason Roe Williamson, Lauren Sams and Brooke Sams; his daughter, Sarah Sams of Melbourne Beach, Florida and her son, Russell Smith; his step son Benjamin Bronston of San Juan California; his step daughter Julie Chase and husband, Stuart Chase of Lanesborough, Massachusetts and their daughter, Eliza Chase and a great granddaughter, Libby Thomas. The family wishes to thank the doctors, staff, and support personnel of the Cleveland Clinic, The Allison Cancer Center, Hospice of Midland, Dr. William Kiser and Dr. Gregory Bartha. Services are scheduled for 11:00 A.M, Thursday, January 7, 2010 at First Presbyterian Church 800 West Texas, Midland, Texas, 79701. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be offered at The family suggests memorials to the Pecos River Resolution Corporation, P. O. Box 10053, Midland, Texas 79702.

Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2010