July 13, 1927 - November 29, 2018
Service Date: December 8, 2018
Funeral Home Hidden Valley Funeral Homes
- Graveside Service: 2p, Saturday, December 8, 2018, at Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, UT
Samuel Arvin Shannon Jr., passed away quietly in his sleep 29 November 2018 at his home in Kearney, MO. A graveside service will be held 8 December 2018 at 2PM at the Santa Clara City Cemetery, Santa Clara, Utah. Hidden Valley Funeral Homes of Kearney, MO, and Spilsbury Mortuary of St. George, UT are handling arrangements.
Sam was born 13 July 1927, in Meridian, MS. He was the youngest of four children of Samuel Arvin Shannon Sr. and Ruby Angelon Snowden. He grew up during the Great Depression and his father traveled to for work to Kansas City, MO; Howard, SD; and Jackson, MS, finding permanent employment in Mobile, AL as an electrician in the shipyards during WWII. Sam graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile in 1945, enlisted in the army in 1946 and served as a medic in Germany during the reconstruction efforts after WWII. After his military service ended, he attended Tulane University in New Orleans, LA on the GI Bill. He graduated with a degree in English and Chemistry. He taught 7th grade science for one year and decided teaching was not for him. He turned next to his chemist skills working at a paper mill in Mobile, a sugar plant near New Orleans, a plastics company in California, and retired after 30 years working in waste water treatment in Clark County, Las Vegas, NV.
Being spiritually minded through his youth, Sam was always searching for divine truth. He grew up attending the Baptist church, searched for truth by attending retreats with the Catholic Priests, and finally joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints while working in Louisiana in 1968. When Sam moved to Las Vegas, he found acceptance with his fellow saints in the church and began singing in the choir where he met and fell in love with Carol Rose Moss. They were married in the St. George, UT temple on 10 October 1970 and subsequently had four children. He loved his family, they were his life and he sacrificed everything he could to provide for them. Sam spent many years doing family history research including work with early Welch records of the Powell family. He spent many years serving God and his fellow men by working in the Las Vegas Family History Center and in the Las Vegas Temple.
Sam was predeceased by his parents, sisters Margaret (Albert) Cessna, Ruth Shannon and a brother, Rubin Shannon and by his beloved wife Carol in 2012.
Sam is survived by his daughters Julia (Clarence) Valerius of Enoch, UT, and Bethany (Andrew) Owens of Kearney, MO; sons David (Connie) Shannon of Idaho Falls, ID, and Sean (Amy) Shannon of Roy, UT; 12 grandchildren, Jenna, Juleann, Janeth, & “BJ” Valerius; William, Carl, Rebecca, Elisabeth and Sam Owens; Victoria and Josh Shannon; and Isaac Shannon. Nieces on his side of the family:
Many thanks to the Fishing River Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and Heartland Hospice for the compassion and love they have shown Sam and his family his last weeks.
Pallbearers are: David & Sean Shannon, Clarence Valerius, Andrew Owens, William Owens, and Joshua Shannon. Honorary pallbearers are: “BJ” Valerius, Carl Owens, Sam Owens, Isaac Shannon, and dear friends Ron Shammo and Wayne Anderson.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations can be made to gather Israel at https://www.lds.org/ under the category for missionary fund, Book of Mormon, or temple construction.