Samuel Leroy Urquhart passed away quietly and painlessly in his sleep at the age of 75 years old.
Born in Cohoes, New York, Sam was one of 12 children. After surviving a contestable childhood fighting for meals, love, and attention amidst 11 others, Sam joined the United States Air Force at the age of 18.
A short seven years later in 1972, he would be stationed in Taiwan and meet the love of his life and future wife, Shiao Li. They would remain married for the next 50 years while traveling to various places in Europe, Asia, and North America during his military service that would last 28 years, that included the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. They managed to also find time to have two children, Zam (born 1975) and Kam (born 1980), whom both had rather entertaining, if not endearing namesakes. In addition to Sam's military service, he often volunteered his time with the United Way and later in his life, the VA.
Sam would retire from his military service in Seattle, WA, and eventually move to Las Vegas in 1993, where he remained until his passing.
Sam leaves behind his loving wife, two sons, a daughter-in-law, two grandsons, a house full of his woodworking projects, and a seemingly endless amount of jokes. He would absolutely opine that an obituary could never fully encompass any one person's life and he was certainly not one to hold back his thoughts, but if you knew him, you knew his legacy.
He will be interned in Salt Lake City near his surviving family members.