Samuel Robert Wasson
Samuel Robert Wasson, 74, resident of the Owens Valley for more than 35 years, passed away on July 17, 2014 surrounded by his family.
Born in Santa Monica on July 3, 1940, Sam lived in Independence during his early life. Sam was born into a family of miners who had mined Nevada and the Owens Valley since the 1860s. In his youth, Sam and his family moved to Gardena where he graduated high school in 1957. Sam was an exceptional track and field athlete during his high school years. At 52, he earned a Bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of La Verne. He was the first in his family to achieve this honor.
Sam met and married his wife, Theona, in 1965. Following a proud tradition of three generations of linemen before him, he began working for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Sam began his career as a surveyor helper and retired as a power distribution superintendent. Through his determination, he received nine promotions in his 37-year career. Samâ€™s work ethic was foremost and an inspiration to everyone he met. His values and belief that all things are possible with hard work will continue to inspire and support his family and friends even after his passing.
Sam was an impassioned proponent of freedom and the rights of the individual. He was involved in local and national politics. Sam was a lifetime member of the NRA, Republican Party and served three terms on the Inyo County Planning Commission. He was a passionate advocate for the humane treatment of animals. He was an active member of ICARE for more than 15 years.
Sam is survived by his wife, Theona; daughters, Christine and Terry; son-in-law, Dewayne; grandsons, Ryan, Alec and Zane; and granddaughter, Darby Rose. Samâ€™s commitment and love for his family was an ever driving force in his life and continues to bring comfort to his family.
Please join the family at a memorial service to be held graveside at East Line Street Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 26, followed by a celebration of life at the Hall of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 11 a.m. A rosary service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 25.