AMerican Veteran 10

Clarence Albert Sampson

May 16, 1953 ~ March 29, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Clarence Sampson Obituary

Clarence A. "Sam" Sampson, MAJ (Ret), US Army, was called to be with our Lord and Savior on March 29, 2024. He passed away peacefully at his home with his wife Gloria and son Eric by his side.

The son of WWII Veteran, who served in Vietnam and the Air National Guard, John R. Sampson, CMS (Ret) and wife, Constance. Sam was born on May 16, 1953 in Raton, New Mexico. Sam was a gifted athlete. He was not only a cowboy at heart who enjoyed bull riding and training mustangs, but he was also a wrestler and football player. After his graduation from Eastern New Mexico University, Sam was drafted by the Chicago Bears, but, in 1975, he chose the Army and was commissioned as an officer through the ROTC program. He graduated from ENMU with bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Sociology and minors in Military History and Anthropology.

Sam was very proud of his career as a Military Officer. During his 20-years in the Army, while he was stationed at several bases in the States as well as in Korea, Germany and Japan, among other positions, he served as a Provost Marshal and an Executive Officer. He was awarded a Certificate of Participation from the Department of Defense Space Shuttle Support Team for significant contribution to the progress of the United States Space Shuttle Columbia during its first flight on April 12, 1981. He loved all the soldiers he served with or met along the way, and he was honored to have had the opportunities to work with Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf Jr, Brigadier General Evelyn Foote, and Major General Larry Lust.

Following his 1995 retirement from the Army, Sam started working with the Postal Service. In December of 2022, after 26 years, he retired from Belen's US Senator Dennis Chavez Post Office.

Throughout his life, Sam was a kind-hearted and generous man. After his retirements, he continued giving to and supporting his communities and country as a proud member of AUSA, Knights of Columbus, VFW Daniel Fernandez Post 9676, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1, MOAA, American Legion Post 81, and as an associate member (Dad) of the Rio Grande Valley Blue Star Mothers of America (NM2).

Sam loved his time with Gloria and Eric and his family. They loved going fishing, camping, vacationing in Oregon, walking along the seashores, attending Lobo games, and just being together. Sam and Gloria also just truly enjoyed one another's company. They were best friends, and some of their favorite travels included trips to Washington DC and to Vermont. Our hearts are broken in the loss of our beloved American Soldier Sam—devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, his paternal grandparents Clarence J. Sampson and wife Grace Swartz, and his maternal grandparents, Joseph A. Galassini and wife Sylvia M. Craig. He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Gloria J. K. Chavez-Sampson, son Eric A. Sampson (Erika), daughter Tonya Kramer (Michael), 6 grandchildren, one great grandson, brother John Sampon Jr, and many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Thank you from the heart to Noblin Funeral Service, Presbyterian Cancer Hospital, Legacy Hospice, Ambercare, the VA Hospital, and all our family, friends, and veterans who were there for us during this difficult time.

Services for Clarence will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel. A visitation will be held at 10:00 am. A rosary will take place at 10:30 am, followed by a prayer service at 10:30 am. Clarence will then be placed at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on May 16, 2024, at 2:00 pm.

Beyond words, beyond love, and beyond anything! Until we meet again at the gates of heaven.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fraternal Order of Police, Albuquerque Lodge #1, 4100 Cutler Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM, to support Fallen Officers and their families.

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Clarence Sampson Visitation
April 16, 2024

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel

Clarence Sampson Rosary
April 16, 2024

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel

Clarence Sampson Prayer Service
April 16, 2024

11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel

Clarence Sampson Inurnment
May 16, 2024

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Santa Fe National Cemetery
501 Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
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