Samuel (Sam) Smoker
  • Place of birth:
    Michigan, United States
  • Date of passing:  December 24th, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Walnut Creek, California, United States
Sam lived a full life. Touching many people with his love of nature, instilling and maintaining a sense of wonder throught out his life. He was a kind and generous husband, father and friend.
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Samuel (Sam) Smoker. We will remember him forever.
Candle lit by  Danise Shields  on February 4th, 2016


In the rising of the sun and it’s going down,
We remember him.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We remember him.

In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember him.

In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We remember him.

In the rustling of the leaves and the beauty of autumn,
We remember him.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember him.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember him.

When we are lost and sick of heart,
We remember him.

When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share,
We remember him.

So long as we live, he too shall live, for he is part of us,
We remember him.

Candle lit by  Rich McDrew  on February 12th, 2016

I know Sam primarily through the Mount Diablo Interpretive Assoc.
(MDIA).  In addition, he lived around the corner from me, so I frequently saw him walking in the area, or at Target in downtown Walnut Creek.  He was a gentle and unassuming man.  However, he was a giant of a person at MDIA.  Sam was to MDIA as John Muir was to Sierra Club.   RMM

Candle lit by  dan schoenholz  on February 14th, 2016

I saw Sam's obituary this morning and was hit with a sudden rush of memories.  I took a Lindsay Museum--sponsored trip to Yosemite as a kid, probably 1972 or 1973, that Sam led.  I remember his love for the mountains and his vast knowledge.  He was one of many influences in my youth that helped foster my own love of the outdoors and led me to work professionally on environmental issues.

Candle lit by  B 'n K Douglas  on February 19th, 2016

We knew Sam as a neighbor, a sage wildlife guide, and a friend. He was a familiar face walking in the area, twirling his cane, smiling brightly as we passed. We shared a love of outdoors and the Old West. We always enjoyed our chats and his top notch tips on rat-trapping. The neighborhood seems oddly quiet without him.

Candle lit by  Gene Geary  on September 6th, 2017

I was very sad when I recently discovered that Sam had passed.  As a kid who spent all of his free time between 7th grade and HS graduation at the Lindsay Museum, Sam had a huge influence on my life and career as a biologist.  His good nature, knowledge, practical skills, and his ability a teacher were remarkable.  I am a better person for having known him.

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