Samuel Ellsworth Indorf (04/25/1942 - 05/08/2011)

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INDORF, Samuel
Born April 25, 1942
Passed away May 4, 2011

Sam Indorf lived an incredible life surrounded with love of family and meaningful friendships. He was the third child born to Fritz and LaVon Indorf in St. Frances, Kansas.

Although Sam came from humble beginnings he was determined from a young age to make a better life for himself and his family. He believed you could not underestimate the value of an education. Through grit and perseverance, he accomplished his dream.

He graduated from Boulder High School in 1960 and soon after attended the University of Colorado. From there he moved to Texas, attended North Texas University, and most importantly met the love of his life, Judy. They were married in Dallas in 1966. After Judy's graduation they moved to the Northwest, settling in Spokane. Sam finished his education at EWU with a degree in Business.

He taught at Cheney High School for 25 years and found his calling coaching wrestling. His efforts produced numerous successes, including multiple individual state champions and a team championship in 1989. He was inducted in the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1994. Through his Culture Exchange program he mentored and coached a multitude of teams around the world. Some of his honors were Inland Empire Sports Writers and Broadcasters Certificate of Achievement in 1990, Washington State Wrestling Coach of the Year 1984, and Director of the NAIA National Wrestling Tournament in 1977. It was his passion and mission to make a difference in his students' lives.

He retired from Cheney High School in 1993 and rekindled the other love of his life, golf. Manito Country Club became his home away from home and the people there were his extended family. He would often say to Judy on the way out the door, "I'm going to Heaven" (referring to Manito). He spent numerous hours playing golf, cards, and just enjoying life.

Although he spent many hours traveling with wrestling and golf teams, there was nothing he was more committed to than his family- his wife Judy, his two daughters Julie and Petra, and his sons-in-law Rod and Scott. They were his heart and soul and the reason for his existence. The pride he felt in the successes of his girls and the strong, independent, loving women they've become and his four grandchildren- Ava, Isabel, Laurel, and Liam- were his crowning achievement.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his nephew Jay Lyn, and his devoted and loving sister Joyce. He is survived by his wife Judy, his two daughters Julie and Petra, his grandchildren Ava, Isabel, Laurel, and Liam, his brother Elwin, his brother-in-law Brownie, his niece Mindy, and his nephews Scott, Arlan, Jay, and Mark.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, Thursday May 12, 2011, at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church, 4102 S Crestline St, Spokane WA 99203.

Charitable donations can be made in Sam's honor to Hospice of Spokane.

Published in Spokesman-Review from May 8 to May 9, 2011
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