Sam was born November 30, 1984 in Redding, CA. He graduated from Anderson High School in 2002.
He worked for the California Conservation Corp prior to joining the California National Guard in 2006. He was trained as a combat engineer at Fort Leonardwood, MO, returning as a member of the 132nd based in Redding. In 2008 he joined the 235th Engineer Company (Sapper) based in Petaluma in order to deploy to Afghanistan. His unit spent one year there doing route clearance along the Pakistan border. Their work there has been referred to as "the most dangerous job in Afghanistan."
Sam married his high school sweetheart Kimmie Timpe in September of 2008 and missed the birth of their daughter Chanel while serving overseas.
Upon his return home, Sam signed up for a yearlong deployment doing border patrol along the California Mexican border. He ended his military career in December 2012 after deciding to move his life in another direction. Anyone that knew Sam knew that he was a true warrior. He served his country well.
Sam had many interests in life. He could repair or fabricate most anything. He also had a keen love and understanding of nature instilled in him by his late grandma Helen. His daughter Chanel was his true joy and the love and tenderness he expressed with her made for a special bond between them. Sam's large family and many friends will remember him for his contagious smile, his caring heart, and his willingness to help anyone in need.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly; daughter, Chanel; parents, Frank and Sharon of Palo Cedro; brother, Cy and Rachael Wagner of Roseville; brother, Mark of Chico; sister, Cathy and husband Kevin of Bismark ND; mother, Mary Jimison of Atlanta, GA and a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Services will be held at 2:00 on Friday, July 5, 2013 at the Veterans Cemetery in Igo. There will be a reception following at the I.O.O.F. Hall at 3651 Silverlode Ln in Palo Cedro.