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Charles W. "Bill" Samson passed away peacefully in Hurricane, Utah, September 14, 2017.
Bill was a heavy equipment mechanic and operator and member of Operating Engineers Union Local 12. He worked for many construction companies in Southern California including Shaw Sales and Service of Allis Chalmers Tractors, H.M. Robertson Pipeline, E.L. Yeager Construction & Nichols Construction. He eventually became employed with the J.F. Shea Company during the Feather River Project and construction of both Castaic and Pyramid Dams, their surge chambers, along with the seven mile drilling and blasting of Angeles Tunnel. After completion of this project, he and wife Patricia moved to Montrose, Colorado where he continued to work for J.F. Shea Dam Constructors on the Crystal Dam Project in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River. Upon completion of that dam, he went to work for Delta-Montrose Electric utility company as mechanic and dispatcher until his retirement. In the 1940's Bill had the largest Press-Enterprise paper route in Riverside County. In 1959, Bill won his first ski boat with a $2 raffle ticket. It wasn't long before the Salton Sea and Colorado River became the families home away from home. Besides being a dangerously advanced water skier, he also enjoyed snow skiing, motorcycling, hunting, 4x4 off road trips and training horses in Newhall, Ca. He obtained his private pilots license at the age of 62 and at the same time bought a 1957 Cessna 172. He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus, Billy Holcomb Chapter 1069, which is a fraternal organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the American West.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ray T. and Georgia Samson of Beaumont, Ca., siblings Barbara, Peggy and Ray T. Jr. Survived by wife Patricia of 65 years, son Neal (Jane) of Riverside, daughters Pamela (Ron) Leach of Rockville, Utah, Debra (Jess) Ellis of Aberdeen, Idaho, 4 grand children and 7 great-grand children.
Along with our mother, Pop taught us the difference between right and wrong and always demonstrated hard and honorable work ethics.
He was loved and will be missed. No services are planned at this time.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 8, 2017
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