Sam Fecanin

Sam Fecanin passed away Oct. 17, 2013, at his home in the Philippines after a short battle with cancer. He was 79.

Sam was born in Florida, December 10, 1933. When he was seven, his family moved to California. His dad was a Navy chief, and their first stop was in Indio. Sam said he had never seen mountains before coming out here, and he immediately fell in love with them.

The family came to China Lake in 1948, and Sam started Burroughs in the ninth grade. During his time there he was on the football and track teams and played trumpet in the school marching band. He also spent much time hiking into the mountains to fish, hunt and camp.

In his later years, his pastimes included carpentry, gardening and cooking. After he graduated in 1952, he married Faye Golye, a Class of 1953er, and they moved to San Diego, where he got a job in one of the aircraft factories. Not long after that, he enlisted in the Navy and started a 25-year career, retiring as a chief. In 2000 Sam and his present wife moved to the Philippines where they resided in Antipolo City.

Sam is survived by his three daughters, Linda Rapoza of Flagstaff Ariz.; Vicki Dinette of Honolulu, Hawaii; Karen LaLonde of Carson City, Nev.; his son, John, also of Carson City; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, his wife, Lena and stepson Arnel. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Fecanin; his brothers, John and Alexander; and his oldest son, Sam Jr., who was killed, along with his wife, Angela, in an auto accident in Panama on June 6, 2011.

Father and son are now reunited. Rest in peace, dear friend, and God bless you. You are missed. Submitted by friends of Sam Fecanin

Story First Published: 2013-10-30