Our beloved Samuel Ramirez died at his home on April 27th, 2020 at the young age of 54. Heavenly Father called him home and cancer was the vehicle.
Sam was the firstborn child of parents Gustavo and Masako Ramirez. He is also survived by his two younger siblings, Gus (Melissa), and Tina (Ryan) Harrell.
He lived in California until the age of 11. The family then moved to Texas where he lived until he came to Idaho and fell in love with it. Idaho was his place. He loved Idaho and was heard to say, "This is where I am happy!"
Sam served a full time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He learned to speak Japanese while serving in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. He always kept contact with those he loved and served in Japan. His mission experience solidified his personal testimony that God lives and Jesus is the Christ. His mission also gave him a love for Japanese culture, which Sam gave to all of his children. His wife never did gain a great appreciation for Godzilla, but his children all understand whatever it is she missed.
While attending Rick's College he met the love of his life Dawn and made her his wife in 1988. Sam and Dawn spent most of their 31 married years in Idaho. They twice temporarily moved to Kansas, but Sam longed for Idaho.
Sam loved snow, playing with his children, hiking in the great outdoors, sitting around campfires, fixing up stoves and lanterns, working in electronics, biking, and doing whatever would give his children memories and experiences. He loved to learn new skills and never stopped gaining new talents. He could fix anything.
He excelled at fatherhood. Sam found joy in his children and invited them to help him serve others, fix cars, and participate in everything he did. Because he cared, all five of his boys became Eagle Scouts. He supported and cheered them on. All six of his children were called to serve missions for the church and served faithfully. His children were truly the focus of his energy and attention throughout his life. He not only was good at fatherhood, but he also loved being a father. By example, he taught his children true goodness and how to strive to be disciples of Christ. Sam loved His Heavenly Father and lived his life focused on serving others, and sharing the gospel with those who would listen.
He is survived by his wife Dawn, his six children: Joseph (Charis), Mary, Arthur (Laura), Isaac, Noah and Adam Luke. Adam Luke is currently serving his mission in Independence, Missouri.
Sam always wanted to be a grandpa. He was so happy in 2019 when he actually became one; his grandson Peter was born. He will be known affectionately as “Pops” by his posterity forever, as that is the Grandpa name he chose for himself.
While attending college, Sam majored in Computer Science. It was a great decision. His academic gifts were perfectly suited to this field of study. He excelled in this area of his life. He worked for many wonderful companies. He never stopped studying and learning his craft. He loved the men and women he worked with. As intellectually gifted as he was, he always prioritized people as the most important thing. He cared for people and loved to share his life with them and listen as they shared their lives with him. He won many prestigious awards at work, but more importantly, he will be remembered and mourned by the great men and women that he worked with and loved there. His last and longest place of employment was working for the Idaho National Laboratory in Cybersecurity.
Due to the global pandemic, there was no funeral.
If you loved Sam and have memories or stories to share, you are invited to send his family a memory of your time spent with him. Your stories about Sam will be cherished forever by his wife and children.
Sam is interred in the Goshen Cemetery.
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