Samuel Frederick Sutton of Columbia, MO passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at his home. He was 34 years old.
Sam was born on November 23, 1987, in Mexico, MO and was the first blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby of David and Lori Sutton. Sam grew up on a small pheasant and quail game farm in Farber, MO, where he developed a strong love for the outdoors and his animals. He spent his younger years fishing, hunting, riding his bike down the old dirt road, playing catch, running with his dogs, and enjoying picnics with his sister under the “shady tree.”
Sam was an avid reader and was especially fond of science fiction or anything written by Stephen King. He loved movies and became a master of memorizing and reciting quotes from his favorite films. He was competitive by nature, especially when it came to his video games, and he loved to challenge his friends and family just so he could beat them. To this day, it’s still unsure if he ever lost to anyone.
Sam loved to learn and excelled in sports and academics. He was a member of the Van-Far Honor Society, golf and football teams, and played saxophone in the high school band. He graduated in 2006 from Van-Far High School and went on to further his education at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. He later joined the United States Navy and was accepted into their nuclear program, where he graduated with honors and went on to study at SUNY Maritime in New York City. Sam then served at the Naval base in Groton, Connecticut and was honorably discharged in 2012. He later returned to his home state and found residence in Columbia, MO.
Sam had an infectious spirit and the most beautiful smile. He would light up any room that he walked into and within minutes have everyone hysterically laughing. His charm, intelligence, and quick wit will be his legacy to all those who had the privilege of knowing him and he will be missed beyond words.
Sam was preceded in death by his Paternal Grandparents, Frank and Alice Sutton; Maternal Grandparents, Paul Sutton and Mary Bennethem; and one Uncle, Steve Sutton.
Survivors include his Parents; Sister, Molly Sutton of Columbia, MO; Three Uncles, Mark (Cathy) Sutton of Atlanta, GA, Fred (Karen) Sutton of Boardman, OH, and Tim Sutton of Columbia, MO; Two Aunts, Paula (Steve) Wieberg of Liberty, MO, and Sara (Mike) Mileski of Akron, OH; several other loved cousins, family and friends.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture - Veterans Urban Farm, PO Box 1742, Columbia, MO 65205.
Online condolences may be made to the family Sam's memorial page at www.watersfuneral.com