Samuel Stephen Peden
FUNERAL HOME
Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA

SAMUEL STEPHEN PEDEN
September 8, 1937 ˜ June 5, 2021

Samuel Stephen Peden passed away at home under Hospice care June 5, 2021. He was born in Portland, OR, September 8, 1937.
As a young boy Sam lived in Portland and Maupin, OR. He then moved to Walnut Creek, CA, and finished his high school years. Sam attended the University of California at Berkeley, graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Upon graduation he was hired by the Walnut Creek Police Department, as a Patrolman. For The next two years he attended graduate school at Berkeley in Criminology and Education. He earned a Secondary Teaching Credential in 1961 from the State of California.
He joined the Internal Revenue Service as a Revenue Officer in 1961, in Redding, CA, after six years was promoted to Group Manager and transferred to San Francisco, in 1969 he was promoted to Chief Special Procedures. In 1971 he was promoted and moved to Seattle, WA, as Chief Office Branch and in 1974 was again promoted to Field Branch Chief and was in charge of all revenue Officers in the State of Washington. He came back to Portland in 1981 and worked until he retired in April of 1995. In that 34 year span he earned many awards.
After Retirement from the IRS in May of 1995 Sam went to work for a CPA firm in Vancouver, WA. In 1998 he decided to open his own private consulting business as an Enrolled Agent and represented clients to the IRS, and for 23 years had a very busy practice. His favorite saying was on his business cards, “It’s better to know me and not need me, than to need me and not know me”.
Sam was not all about work, In Sam’s time off, when his sons were young he coached his sons Little League baseball teams, he was a soccer referee for over twenty years for varies groups both in the Seattle and Portland area.
In 1986 Sam met Coleen in Portland, they married in July of 1989, moved to Beaverton, OR, lived there for seven years and then built a new home in Vancouver and moved there in 1996.
Sam has three sons and a stepdaughter, David S.Peden (Mason, WA), John H.Peden (Seattle)and Mark R. Peden (Beaverton), Lisa M. Gross (Happy Valley, OR); nine grandchildren, Alexa Peden, Nickolas Peden, Justin Peden, Brandon Bostwick, Tyler Bostwick, Dylan Gross, Colby Gross and Shelby Gross.
Memorial Service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens June 17, 2021, at 12:30 p.m.
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Published by The Columbian on Jun. 13, 2021.
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The Lee Family
June 19, 2021
Sam loved his job of getting the guys who tried to avoid paying taxes!
Janine Hook
Coworker
June 19, 2021
Sam Peden always gave of himself, he was larger than life. I first met Sam 46 years ago in Seattle and subsequently we both ended up in Portland. We worked in the same Revenue officer group for many years, he was a mentor, advisor, shared his wealth of experience, and he assisted me in the field when 2 RO's were required. After retirement the times I saw him we would reminisce about those days. Sam also loved to share a funny story and had a great laugh. My condolences to Coleen and his family. I am out of town otherwise I would attend the services.
Henrietta Mattson
Coworker
June 17, 2021
Sam was one of a kind. He loved his job with IRS and even more in his private business. He was always there to help if you needed it. He will be missed. I wish I could have been in town to attend his memorial service.
Randi Williams
Coworker
June 16, 2021
As an Enrolled Agent in private practice of tax preparation, I met Sam Peden around 2010. By that time Sam was a giant in taxpayer representation in the PNW. All of the practitioners I knew either referred clients to Sam for service, or sought Sam's guidance on how best to represent clients. Sam was very generous towards me and taught me all I know about the ethical representation of clients before the IRS. He helped SO many people. If you are not aware of his professional work in his later life, you just have no idea. Hundreds and hundreds of people are betteroff for working with and being represented by Sam. His kindnesstowards me and my wife, and his professional example, are something I will remember for the rest of my life.

The Price family sends our deepest sympathies to Coleen, and Sam's children and grandchildren.
William Price
Coworker
June 16, 2021
Sam was great guy and I will miss his friendship, guidance, leadership, counseling, advice and his sense of humor and thunderous laughter. I was blessed to know Sam over some 40 years as he was early instructor in the San Francisco Regional Training Center in the Haight Asbury district. We both served in many similar positions as our management careers grew in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle Districts. As my manager, I couldn't have ask for a better leader and role model. Sam also helped me as I retired and became an enrolled agent in the same CPA firm in Vancouver. I will miss Sam greatly and appreciate the years we were able to share together. Thanks again Sam!
Bob LaBouy
Friend
June 14, 2021
Remembering you when we were young.
Brent M Wills
Family
June 14, 2021
Vancouver IRS Post of Duty
June 14, 2021
Sam Peden was first our neighbor, then our friend. His kindness was unmatched and he cared for others deeply and sincerely. He celebrated the successes and shared the burdens of those who knew him. His genuine smile and the twinkle in his eye will long be remembered. Thank you for your friendship, Sam.
The Russells
Friend
June 13, 2021
We will always remember our fun times bowling together in leagues. Sam had an infectious laugh and you just couldn't help but laugh with him! We will also miss playing cards with him and his humor !!
Hugs to all the family, until we meet again,
Pat and Keith Elmore
Pat and Keith Elmore
Friend
June 13, 2021
Pat and Keith Elmore
June 13, 2021
Sam was such a wonderful friend to me for many years. He was the funniest, kindest person I ever met. I will miss him very much. Rest in Peace my friend.
Jeanette Bostwick
Friend
June 13, 2021
Sam was my first boss (field branch chief) when I became a group manager in Spokane, WA, in 1975. I learned a lot from his knowledge, wisdom, experience, and expertise. He was always willing to help, provide guidance, and was both patient and supportive. He expected a lot from his managers but worked just as hard to help them achieve success. I will be forever grateful to Sam. He was a mentor, a friend, and someone I will never forget.
Mark McCollum
Coworker
June 13, 2021
Sam was a fun loving guy! He was a hard worker as well. He will be missed by many! Condolences to his wife and family.
Joan Luethe
Coworker
June 12, 2021
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