Samuel F. Dossett

10/08/1949 — 04/06/2002

From West, Richland, WA, US | Born in Eugene, OR

Samuel F. Dossett

Samuel Farrell “Sam” Dossett, 52, of West Richland, died Saturday, April 6, 2002, at his home. He was born October 8, 1949, in Eugene, Oregon and had lived in the Tri-Cities since 1955.

Sam graduated from Richland High School, attended Columbia Basin College, and graduated from Central Washington University with a Music Degree.  He served his country honorably in the U. S. Army.

Sam was well known within the Pacific Northwest music circles as an outstanding saxophone player and vocalist.  He performed with Calico, The Sounds of 9, Wayne McGuffin Orchestra, Candle Flame, and most recently with Old School.  Sam received the Tri-City Musicians Association Best Pop Vocalist Award in 1979 and 1980.

Baseball was a passion for Sam.  He played second base for the Tri-City Phoenix, and they took third place in the Roy Hobbs Men’s Senior World Series.  Sam also coached Tri-Cities Little League where he enjoyed watching youngsters learn and grow.

At the age of 36, Sam began his studies in the martial arts.  He eventually earned the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do.

Sam’s work career spanned 30 years.  As a young man he worked on local ranches doing jobs he believed taught him a good work ethic.  His primary career was with various contractors at the Hanford Site.  Sam’s final job was with the Hanford Patrol as a Special Response Team Member.

Sam is survived by his wife, Lynn D. Dossett; daughter, Samantha Ann Jarvis and husband, Chris Jarvis; two grandchildren, Samuel and Christine; stepdaughter, Angela Aman; mother, Eilleen R. Jackson and stepfather, Roger W. Warren Jackson; sisters, Linda Aune and husband, Merle, Charlotte Hodel and husband, Chris; aunt, Charlotte Holden; aunt, Mary Factor and husband, Bernie; and uncle, Tom Plazo and wife, Marilyn.

He will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Russell Dossett and by his stepfather, Fred Hughes.

Rosary services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2002, at Einan’s Funeral Home.  A service of remembrance will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at Einan’s followed by interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made in Sam’s memory to the Tri-Cities Chaplaincy Hospice House, 2108 W. Entiat Ave. Kennewick, WA 99336.

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  • I just wanted to share my thoughts and prayers with Sam and his family. I had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Sam while we both were on S.R.T. with Hanford Patrol. I only knew Sam for 5 or 6 years, but I really enjoyed the time that we shared together. I was in charge of training him when he got on SRT. He was very eager to learn and anxious to do the right thing. One of the earliest stories of him that I have is after he got all trained up and he was on Patrol by himself. He called me on the radio and said that he needed backup at a certain location. When I approached his vehicle he was laying in a couple of inches of snow, with his rifle out. I asked him what was wrong and he said the gate was open. I said all we do is check the area and secure the gate, the look on his face was embarassment and disappointment, because he thought we had something. The other story I have of Sam is that I was on Patrol for 15 years and to this day I only ever remember seeing 1 umbrella, and Sam was using it. We left a building one night and I was walking ahead of him, and I heard a strand noise and looked back at him, and he had put his umbrella up. I was so stunned that I don’t remember saying anything. I’m sure the look on my face said it all. We still talked of this moment even though it happened 5 years ago.

    I also want to say that I know Sam fought hard to beat whatever ailed him. In the end I know he is in a much better place. He always said he didin’t want to suffer, and I hope he didn’t. I know Sam is busy playing his saxophone all day long in heaven and I’m sure there are plenty of angels listening to him.

    I also shared the pleasure of talking baseball with him. We could talk for hours and he would always give me hints on what to teach my kids on my Little League teams that I coach. I know by now that Sam is busy dividing kids up in heaven and is trying to get a game going.

    To Lynn and Sam’s family, I am so sorry for your loss, Sam was a special person and friend to so many people. Not a day has gone by in the last year that I haven’t said a prayer for all of you.

    God Bless,

    Bryan Brophy

    Bryan Brophy
    November 4, 2014
    Prosser, WA, US
  • Dear Dossett Family, Sam was a very caring nice Man and I was glad to have known him. I owned Family Video for many years and he was one of my favorite customers. Always joking and was fun to have conversations with. When I ran into Sam at Chucky Cheese 3 months ago, I was so excited to see him. He gave me a big hug and said how he missed the old Family Video Center. Even with his usual smile and mannerism he informed me of his illness. To say the least I was so devasted. I was quite taken at the fact that even though he must have been in pain he was there, a noisy and busy place, with Samantha and her Family.

    My heart goes out to you all. He’s in good care with our Lord and probably has a spot in his Band for him.

    God Bless You All,

    Judy Gregory

    Judy Gregory
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Knowing Linda and Sammy while we were going to Christ the King, they both impressed me with their responsibility on coming home and doing various chores and helping run their household and care for their younger sister Charolotte. Sammy was always a big brother to Linda and their close bond always stayed with me growing up. I am so very sorry he has passed away at such an early age, as I am too 52. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Dossett Family and his wife and children and grandchildren. Although I didn’t know him as a grown adult, he very much touched my life forever as a young man in grade school. I will say a rosary for all of you and Sammy, for I will not ever forget him or his lovely sister Linda. who I knew best when they lived in the big duplex ‘A’ house on Mahan I believe it was. God Bless Sam and All Of His Family.

    Patty Eckert Weyers
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • It was a pleasure to work with Sam. He will be deeply missed by his team at Hanford. Our deepest condolences go out to Lynn and the rest of Sam’s family.

    Torry Webb
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Sam and I were Hanford Patrolmen at the same time. However we were on different shifts. My husband and I have danced to the music he and the other band members played many times. We certainly enjoyed it. My deepest sympathy to his family. He will be missed.

    Donna Thorson Whiteside
    November 4, 2014
    St., George, Utah, 84790, US
  • I HAVE KNOWN SAM FOR 15 YRS,WE HAD TAKEN TAE KWON DO CLASSES TOGATHER. SAM WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BIRTH OF HIS SECOND GRANDCHILD, HE TOLD ME THAT WAS HIS WISH TO SEE THE BABY BEFORE HE WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD,SAM YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER SAM, HE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE.AND THE SCAR HE LEFT ON MY LEFT LEG FROM SPARRING. MY SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, ALSO THE GRANDCHILDREN HE SPOKE HIGHLY OF.WE LOVE YOU SAM…

    ANGEL PROFFITT
    November 4, 2014
    RICHLAND, WA, US
  • Dear Eileen, please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your son Sam. My prayers and best wishes go to you and your family. Love, Grace

    Grace Spice
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I have gentle & fond memories of Sam thru out my life from Christ the King, R- High School to the Hanford Site. I was close with his sister, Linda Aune & think of her & the family often. I would like to be in touch with Linda & want to express my deepest sympathy for all. Sam was an exceptional person & I am sure he’ll make Heaven a better place! God Bless, LindaFisherDaniel

    Linda Daniel
    November 4, 2014
    Bend, OR, US
  • Sam was one of those really nice people. I really enjoyed his engaging smile, his interest in others, and his general positive outlook on life. He made this earth a happier place to be. I was particularly impressed about the courage he showed the last time I saw him.

    Jim Stephenson
    November 4, 2014
    Edmonds, WA, US
  • A fine nephew. Loved by all he met. Will be missed, especially by family. God be with you Sammy.

    All our love

    Uncle T

    Tom & Marilyn Plazo
    November 4, 2014
    Akron, OH, US
  • I just want to give my deepest sympathy to Lynn, and to Linda Dossett. My heart goes out to you!!! I especially want to let Lynn know my thoughts and prayers are with you. It’s sad to lose your soul-mate when you found each other so late to begin with. I keep asking my husband where was he all those years when I was alone, and I can’t imagine life without him. But you’re strong, Lynn, and God will comfort you and give you peace in time. I know that doesn’t help to hear that. So just know I care, and I’m so very sorry!

    Linda, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you! I hope all is well with you. I met your brother through work and worked with him for about 5 years. He was a fun and funny guy, but he had a tempermental streak—like the artist he was! I will always remember him fondly. God bless you and all your family!!!

    Marci Rew Willison
    November 4, 2014
    Oak, Ridge, TN, US
  • I just wanted to share my thoughts and prayers with Sam and his family. I had the pleasure of working with and getting to know Sam while we both were on S.R.T. with Hanford Patrol. I only knew Sam for 5 or 6 years, but I really enjoyed the time that we shared together. I was in charge of training him when he got on SRT. He was very eager to learn and anxious to do the right thing. One of the earliest stories of him that I have is after he got all trained up and he was on Patrol by himself. He called me on the radio and said that he needed backup at a certain location. When I approached his vehicle he was laying in a couple of inches of snow, with his rifle out. I asked him what was wrong and he said the gate was open. I said all we do is check the area and secure the gate, the look on his face was embarassment and disappointment, because he thought we had something. The other story I have of Sam is that I was on Patrol for 15 years and to this day I only ever remember seeing 1 umbrella, and Sam was using it. We left a building one night and I was walking ahead of him, and I heard a strand noise and looked back at him, and he had put his umbrella up. I was so stunned that I don’t remember saying anything. I’m sure the look on my face said it all. We still talked of this moment even though it happened 5 years ago.

    I also want to say that I know Sam fought hard to beat whatever ailed him. In the end I know he is in a much better place. He always said he didin’t want to suffer, and I hope he didn’t. I know Sam is busy playing his saxophone all day long in heaven and I’m sure there are plenty of angels listening to him.

    I also shared the pleasure of talking baseball with him. We could talk for hours and he would always give me hints on what to teach my kids on my Little League teams that I coach. I know by now that Sam is busy dividing kids up in heaven and is trying to get a game going.

    To Lynn and Sam’s family, I am so sorry for your loss, Sam was a special person and friend to so many people. Not a day has gone by in the last year that I haven’t said a prayer for all of you.

    God Bless,

    Bryan Brophy

    Bryan Brophy
    November 4, 2014
    Prosser, WA, US
  • Dear Dossett Family, Sam was a very caring nice Man and I was glad to have known him. I owned Family Video for many years and he was one of my favorite customers. Always joking and was fun to have conversations with. When I ran into Sam at Chucky Cheese 3 months ago, I was so excited to see him. He gave me a big hug and said how he missed the old Family Video Center. Even with his usual smile and mannerism he informed me of his illness. To say the least I was so devasted. I was quite taken at the fact that even though he must have been in pain he was there, a noisy and busy place, with Samantha and her Family.

    My heart goes out to you all. He’s in good care with our Lord and probably has a spot in his Band for him.

    God Bless You All,

    Judy Gregory

    Judy Gregory
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Knowing Linda and Sammy while we were going to Christ the King, they both impressed me with their responsibility on coming home and doing various chores and helping run their household and care for their younger sister Charolotte. Sammy was always a big brother to Linda and their close bond always stayed with me growing up. I am so very sorry he has passed away at such an early age, as I am too 52. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Dossett Family and his wife and children and grandchildren. Although I didn’t know him as a grown adult, he very much touched my life forever as a young man in grade school. I will say a rosary for all of you and Sammy, for I will not ever forget him or his lovely sister Linda. who I knew best when they lived in the big duplex ‘A’ house on Mahan I believe it was. God Bless Sam and All Of His Family.

    Patty Eckert Weyers
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • It was a pleasure to work with Sam. He will be deeply missed by his team at Hanford. Our deepest condolences go out to Lynn and the rest of Sam’s family.

    Torry Webb
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Sam and I were Hanford Patrolmen at the same time. However we were on different shifts. My husband and I have danced to the music he and the other band members played many times. We certainly enjoyed it. My deepest sympathy to his family. He will be missed.

    Donna Thorson Whiteside
    November 4, 2014
    St., George, Utah, 84790, US
  • I HAVE KNOWN SAM FOR 15 YRS,WE HAD TAKEN TAE KWON DO CLASSES TOGATHER. SAM WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BIRTH OF HIS SECOND GRANDCHILD, HE TOLD ME THAT WAS HIS WISH TO SEE THE BABY BEFORE HE WENT TO BE WITH THE LORD,SAM YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER SAM, HE MADE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE.AND THE SCAR HE LEFT ON MY LEFT LEG FROM SPARRING. MY SYMPATHY AND CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO HIS WIFE AND FAMILY, ALSO THE GRANDCHILDREN HE SPOKE HIGHLY OF.WE LOVE YOU SAM…

    ANGEL PROFFITT
    November 4, 2014
    RICHLAND, WA, US
  • Dear Eileen, please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your son Sam. My prayers and best wishes go to you and your family. Love, Grace

    Grace Spice
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • I have gentle & fond memories of Sam thru out my life from Christ the King, R- High School to the Hanford Site. I was close with his sister, Linda Aune & think of her & the family often. I would like to be in touch with Linda & want to express my deepest sympathy for all. Sam was an exceptional person & I am sure he’ll make Heaven a better place! God Bless, LindaFisherDaniel

    Linda Daniel
    November 4, 2014
    Bend, OR, US
  • Sam was one of those really nice people. I really enjoyed his engaging smile, his interest in others, and his general positive outlook on life. He made this earth a happier place to be. I was particularly impressed about the courage he showed the last time I saw him.

    Jim Stephenson
    November 4, 2014
    Edmonds, WA, US
  • A fine nephew. Loved by all he met. Will be missed, especially by family. God be with you Sammy.

    All our love

    Uncle T

    Tom & Marilyn Plazo
    November 4, 2014
    Akron, OH, US
  • I just want to give my deepest sympathy to Lynn, and to Linda Dossett. My heart goes out to you!!! I especially want to let Lynn know my thoughts and prayers are with you. It’s sad to lose your soul-mate when you found each other so late to begin with. I keep asking my husband where was he all those years when I was alone, and I can’t imagine life without him. But you’re strong, Lynn, and God will comfort you and give you peace in time. I know that doesn’t help to hear that. So just know I care, and I’m so very sorry!

    Linda, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you! I hope all is well with you. I met your brother through work and worked with him for about 5 years. He was a fun and funny guy, but he had a tempermental streak—like the artist he was! I will always remember him fondly. God bless you and all your family!!!

    Marci Rew Willison
    November 4, 2014
    Oak, Ridge, TN, US
  • To Sammy’s family. He will be missed by so many of his class mates. Sammy was a good friend to all. May God Bless you all. Pam Ehinger Nassen ’67 and Christ the King class of 63.

    Pam Ehinger Nassen 67
    November 4, 2014
    Thorp, WA, US
  • To Sam and family;

    I just personally wanted to give my deepest sympathies. I just want the Dossett family to know that I am truly heartbroken over the passing of sam. I know it was a long time before I saw him, I just wanted to say to him that I still cared about him even over are differences in the past. I got to see him for the last time friday evening and I got to say my peace with him. I told him that I loved him and that I was sorry about the past. Held his hand and gave him a kiss goodbye. God has a plan and a place for everyone. Last year he took my father and this year he took sam. Even though he was my step-father, he was still a father to me. I will miss you. Say hi to my dad.

    Justin Husom
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Sam,

    you will be missed very much, I wish you were still here to talked to. You were a good friend and a great guy. I know your not in pain anymore and your in a better place. We had talked about this so many times and if any one deserves the best, it is you.

    You will never be forgotten.

    If you only knew the things I had learned from you, they would make you smile. I would be very pround to be half the man you were.

    God bless you and your family.

    Kurt

    Kurt Voegele
    November 4, 2014
    US
  • I remember Sam from the old Musicians Union , we both won awards all those years ago . I only played with Sam a few times and always wanted to play with him again, unfortunately it never happened. He was great guy , I will always remember that. May God bless Sam and his family. Roger

    Roger Quesnell
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Sam and I worked together in Procurement. We met playing softball and went water skiing pretty much whenever we had four hours of vacation. Sam, first and foremost, loved his daughter, Samantha. He talked about his first wife and their relationship, but above it all, he said “if any child was ever born of love, it was her.” Sam liked to sing “dead cow, dead cow, big dead cow” referring to a time in his youth he and some friends were jumping off the railroad bridge between Richland and Kennewick and one of his friends jumped down onto and through a dead cow that was floating down the Yakima. The friend came up puking, but never heard the last of the “dead cow” song. Sammy loved his tae kwon do and the friends he made in the dojo–Heffe and El Guapo. Sammy also talked a lot about Lynn. He was so afraid of getting married again and all that, but he knew he’d marry Lynn once he “got a few things figured out” and he could not have found a better person. God Bless, Sammy.

    Wayne W
    November 4, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Sam,

    Even though you are gone, your courageous spirit lingers. As each of us travel our own life paths, we reflect on those who have impacted us. Sam, your genuine love of life, Country, and God, will always be a positive role for your friends and loved ones. We will miss you Sam.

    Dave Lee
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US
  • Lynn,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Sam and you were great together and it was so wonderful to see you so happy. I am so terribly sad you two couldn’t have had more years together. May the memories of all those special times comfort you in the days to come. God Blessing on you and your family. Always, Teri

    Teri Oliver Einan
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, US