Samuel Taylor Hammon

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



Second Visitation


11:00 am


Holmstead Ranch Resort
1000 Holmstead Ranch Road
Central, UT


Guest Book

17 Responses

  1. I have no words for how I’m feeling. Thank you for helping me through one of the hardest times of my life. I will always cherish the memories we made together. I hope being with your father in heaven and other loved ones will help you find peace.

  2. Shem, Susan and family,
    Thank you for sharing this amazing beautiful soul with all of us! Sam was always one of my favorites of the dozens that would land at my house. He was always so polite, considerate and most of all the most radiant light of happiness no matter what. As a parent my heart breaks for you. You are always in our thoughts but most of all our hearts. If there is anything I can help with please don’t hesitate. Love you beautiful amazing people…… it’s Pretty clear where he got it from💓💓

  3. I have no words for loosing such an amazing young man. He was always smiling and laughing. I just can’t believe I hadn’t seen his worries, or fears… He has always been a great friend to me, No matter what! There is definitely a huge hole missing. Rest in peace dear friend and brother. I’ll love you always!

  4. Sammy,
    I love you to pieces, I am so beyond grateful for the time we had together. I am so happy that Eyz brought her new best friend to the house and we were all able to get closer over the years. I’m glad your happy now and probably going on some crazy adventures! You served your purpose and your soul is too big to be here on earth. I will always remember the great times we got to share. I love you Sam❤

  5. I cannot express how greatful I am for the impact Sam made on my life. It was truly outstanding! I love him dearly. I miss him terribly. I want to thank Sam’s parents for raising a incredible young man. I hope one day you can find peace and I will continue to pray for you and your family. Thank you Sam for gifting us all with your light for 21 amazing years ❤️

  6. Sending love to all of you, and Sue…I will never forget guiding you to the airport to help you get back to your family. You are such a light, love, and strength.

  7. So sad for your loss. May you find comfort and feel his love and appreciation. ❤️ He’ll be helping you through this.

  8. My heart is breaking for your whole family’s loss! I just hope and pray peace will come eventually, and you will know that he is OK and you will see him again. You have such an amazing family, and I know you will help each other through this! We are praying for you all!

  9. So sorry for your loss. Heaven gained an angel. We are so grateful to his parents and family for keeping his memory alive by loving those around them. God bless you all as you patiently await your reunion with your son. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. My deepest sympathies. May all be blessed with a rich outpouring of Christ’s love and the ability to extend it to ourselves and those around us. Love, Aunt Dawna

  11. My deepest sympathies. May all be blessed with a rich outpouring of Christ’s love and the ability to extend it to ourselves and those around us. Love, Aunt Dawna

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