Samuel O. Bryan, beloved father and husband, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, July 10, 2015.
Sam was born on August 12, 1947 to Virginia Bennion Bryan and Rex A. Bryan. The first of seven children, he grew up in Utah and Arizona prior to enlisting in the US Marine Corps in 1966 and serving his tour of duty as an aircraft mechanic during the Vietnam War; he was honorably discharged in 1972 after achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Sam was a man of many talents and careers. After returning from Vietnam, he spent several years working as a Harmon's Grocery manager before starting a nearly twenty year career as an electronics repairman. He then moved to a position as an instrumentation technician for Fluor Corporation at the Kennecott smelter until his retirement in 2014.
In his free time, Sam enjoyed fishing, hiking, and woodworking and was in the process of building his own wood shop to continue this hobby. Additionally, he was very active in the Utah fireworks community and loved building and setting up fireworks displays. He spent his remaining free time split between his lifelong passions in photography and riding his monster (Ducati).
Sam was a hard-working man with a goofy sense of humor. He loved his family with all of his heart and would do anything for them (and did).
Preceded in death by his mother Virginia, brother-in-law Kelly, niece Desiree, and pups Boomer, Tucker and Cooper. Sam is survived by his wife Holly of 40 years and sons Chad (Sharlee) and Chase; brother Rielly (Mary Ellen); sisters Penny (Alfonso), Mary (Russ), Jenny, Arlene and Judy; in-laws Jim (Diane), Brenda, Terry (Dawn), Jenny, Troy (Sandy), Rachel (Kelly, deceased), and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the South Salt Lake Fire and Police Departments.
Poppo light up the skies, 'til we see you again.
Per his last requests, Sam's remains will be cremated.
Services will be held Saturday, July 18th at 2 pm at Murray Memorial Mortuary, 5850 S. 900 E., Murray, UT. Please dress casually.
Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from Jul. 15 to Jul. 16, 2015.