Samuel Paul Grooms

July 14, 1939 ~ August 13, 2017

Samuel Grooms born July 14, 1939 in Baltimore, MD to Gertude and Samuel Grooms, passed away on August 13, 2017 in Vancouver, WA at age 78. Samuel spent the majority of his life serving our country as a Marine. Samuel enjoyed volunteering as he always said "I am living on borrowed time." He took that borrowed time and made the most of it by giving back to veterans and numerous charities. He is survived by his sister, daughter, granddaughter, and great grandson.
Memorial services will be held August 31, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the American Legion Smith-Reynolds Post 14, 4607 NE St. James Road, Vancouver, WA 98663. Donations may be made to the American Legion or the 40 ET.
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Published by The Columbian on Aug. 27, 2017.
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Just heard about this today. This man was a huge blessing to my son who joined the Marine Corps in 2011. Sam went with him to the recruiter, spent time with my son and took him under his wing to make sure he was treated with dignity and respect and that he knew what to except when he joined.
He welcomed him back from boot camp with open arms and spent time talking to him about experiences and answering questions...
Thank you sir for your service and you are dearly missed but, will never be forgotten!
Susan Oberst
August 11, 2018
A true MARINE. A great neighbor. Your watch is over Marine; you stand relieved by all those whose lives you've touched. Semper Fi.
Sylvester Family
August 31, 2017
THanks for being a friend while at Skyview.
Martha Johnson
August 31, 2017
Sam, You will be sorely missed by Trent and myself. Our dinners out, big hugs when we saw you and constant support will be hard to replace. Thank you for the example of selfless service to others, kindness and honest advice.
Tiffany Plous
August 31, 2017
Your love of Family, Friend's and Country was will be missed, your friend, Debbi Kessler
August 30, 2017
Lynn Vaughn
August 30, 2017
Lynn Vaughn
August 30, 2017
Sam , Our time spent together was one of working at the Port of Vancouver and we enjoyed that time. Your quick whit and get it done attitude helped to move the days along. my support to the family that will miss you.
Mark Savage
August 28, 2017
It was an honor to know and work with Sam at the Port of Vancouver. He made work fun, and he truly gave to this country through his military service and the kids at the school. I
Deb Taylor
August 28, 2017
Happy memories of Sam Grooms, especially with his "partner in crime" Tom Gibson here at the Port of Vancouver USA. Always a great story teller and fun to just visit with. RIP Sir.
Matt Oftedahl
August 28, 2017
It was a true privilege to know Sam. I will miss that smile & his big bear hugs. Rest in peace, my friend.

- Nancy Wistrand
August 27, 2017
Sam, Thank you for making me feel safe for years as a great security guard in Vancouver schools. You were a great man with a very kind heart.
Carolynn Lindeman
August 24, 2017
Sammy you were so loved and will be missed
Stephanie Provenzano
August 20, 2017
So sorry to hear of Sam's death. Such a great guy that acted tough, but was a softy when it came to his family & friends??
August 20, 2017
Hey 1stSgt of Marines...

Thank you for your service to our Country and our Veterans community,you will not be forgotten, always remembered. You are now looking down on us and that infectious smile is present within all of us. You will be missed my brother.

Semper Fidelis
John Stofiel
August 16, 2017
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