Samuel Merrin Holmes
Samuel Merrin Holmes
  • April 11, 1933 - July 23, 2017
  • Portland, Oregon

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Samuel M. Holmes III was born in Portland, Oregon, at Good Samaritan Hospital, to parents Samuel and Ellen Holmes on April 11, 1933. Sam was a wonderful big brother to Judy (Valjean) and Mike (KC). He lived most of his life in the Portland area.

Sam graduated from Beaverton High School in 1950. After high school Sam attended Vanport Extension Center (now Portland State University), Oregon State College (OSU) graduating in Civil Engineering, and later went on to receive his master's degree at Stanford University.

Sam had a successful career as a Structural Engineer. His first job was with the Oregon State Highway Department as a bridge construction inspector. He also taught Civil Engineering at Portland State University. At 29 years of age Sam decided to leave teaching. He worked for several firms such as Cooper & Rose & Associates, Burgstahler Associates (later became Burgstahler, Holmes and Carlson), and then established his own firm - Samuel Holmes Associates. Sam worked on the structural design of buildings such as schools, churches, offices, shopping centers, banks and hospitals.

In 1956 Sam served with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed at a topographic mapping company at the Presidio of San Francisco. He also served in the National Guard.

Sam married the love of his life, Janet, on September 8, 1956. They would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in September! Sam was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He loved spending time with his family Sharon and her husband Rick, David and his wife Chris, his grandchildren Samantha (Paul), Rebecca (Adam), Krista (John), Abby (Elliot), Noah, and Cayti, and his great granddaughters Katherine, Hanna, and Emma.

Sam had many interests. He loved traveling in their motor home, fishing, bicycling, reading, mountain climbing, hiking, playing pickle ball, floating the Deschutes River and building things with his own hands. He will be remembered for the five years he gave in building our family home fifty years ago.
When we think of Sam two words comes to mind "integrity and humility". Even during his long illness, he did not complain, but instead expressed his thankfulness for everything others did for him. Sam's life reflected his love for Jesus, family and friends. He will be missed!

A celebration of Sam's life and military honors will be held at Greater Portland Bible Church on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 2pm

The Family would appreciate any donations to go to:
Cure Alzheimer's Fund
34 Washington St, Suite 200
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

Or to:
Greater Portland Bible Church Missions
2374 SW Vermont Street
Portland, OR 97219

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Arrangements under the direction of Skyline Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Portland, OR. (503) 292-6611