Our beautiful, kind, inspiring son passed away on September 14, 2019. No words can express the gaping hole he has left behind.
Samuel Taylor Hammon was born on July 10, 1998, in Colorado City, Arizona to Susan Zitting Mackert and Jacob LeGrand Hammon. He was fortunate to be loved by a large family, with many brothers and sisters.
At the age of thirteen Sam began a new life in Cedar City, Utah, when his mother married Shem Lorin Mackert. He attended Cedar Middle and High School where he played football and rugby. Sam made friends easily and loved helping others feel important.
Sam was funny, creative and artistic. He enjoyed painting. He found connection outdoors. He loved throwing football or riding bikes with his little brothers, Lorin and Chase, as well as hiking, snowboarding, and hunting shed horns with friends. Sam belonged to a group of young earth heroes who created the KUK (Klean Up Krew). On weekends they hunted for sheds while also clearing trash from fields and mountains. When he talked about his dream occupation it centered around cleaning up and honoring the earth.
With a light so bright, most did not see the deep shadows of Sam’s pain. He couldn’t make sense of the hurt we cause each other and the rules and traditions that prevent us from seeing what is truly important. In spite of his own struggles, he was a source of strength for others. Many young men and women have contacted us to say it was he who helped them find joy and connection.
Sam will be missed by hundreds of family and friends, but most acutely by his precious little nieces and nephews. Nothing brought the sunshine back in his eyes like those little angels, and nothing filled our home like their squeals when their uncle Sam chased them.
We are struggling to find our footing again, remembering with acute pain the efforts we made and the many times we failed. Our peace lies in knowing that his grandmother Hazel, who passed away a year ago, was waiting with open arms to gather him in, next to her, his sister Eliza, and also his little buddy Bennett, who is anxious to ride his shoulders again. While it breaks our hearts to give Sam up after only twenty-one short years, we know he has found peace.
Sam is survived by his parents, Susan and Shem, Julie, and LeGrand, his siblings, Mitchell, Jacob, Benjamin, JaeLynn, Maurine, Vilate (Morgan), Mary, Alex, Amy, Jackson, Lorin, Chase, and Ayla—and also many others in his extended Barlow and Mackert families. He is preceded in death by his nephew, Bennett, his sister, Eliza, his grandmothers, Hazel Zitting and Frances Hammon, and grandfather, J. Marion Hammon.
We are so grateful for our circle of friends and family who came to our aid in a mobilization of love and support. Words fail to express the humility and gratitude we feel. Our children thank you.
Sam didn’t like public viewings or funerals, so instead we will celebrate Sam’s contribution to life on Sunday, September 22, at 11:00 a.m. at the Holmstead Ranch Resort, 1000 Holmstead Ranch Road (1089 East Baker Dam Road), Central, Utah 84722. All are welcome.
Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, (435) 673-2454. Friends and family are invited to sign his online guestbook at www.spilsburymortuary.com.