Sam Arne Nordmark

July 14, 1945April 28, 2019

Sam Nordmark, 73, of Chandler, Arizona, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019, after a brief illness. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, to missionaries Arne and Alice Nordmark, he spent his early childhood years in Sweden, China, and India, before immigrating with his family to New York City in 1954.

His family and friends will always remember the pride, character, integrity, and service he displayed during his life. Sam enjoyed classic cars, music, and above all else, spending time with his family and friends. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, he served as a Sergeant with the 9th Infantry Division during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded a Purple Heart and other commendations. He worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department and retired in 1995 after a distinguished career as a Detective assigned to the World Trade Center. After his retirement, he worked for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Illinois and Arizona.

He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Kristin Buciak and her husband Brian; son Jason Nordmark and his wife Celia; four granddaughters - Olivia, Natalie, Anna, and Kira; sister Barbro, and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents and brother Gordon.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Phoenix Children's Hospital and the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, two organizations that were important to Sam and his family.


  • Memorial Service

    Monday, May 20, 2019

  • Committal Service with Military Honors

    Monday, May 20, 2019


Sam Arne Nordmark

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David Rehnberg

May 29, 2020

i first met sammy at oak ridge bible camp in CT. we were both 14. smoking wasnt allowed there. on the first night, i went behind the latrine to light up and a few minutes later, sammy and billy la fleur rounded the corner and also lit up cigs. we became fast friends and would ofter visit him in nyc and party. we lost touch when we both went in the service and were sent to se asia. after that we reconnected and he would come to visit me in CT. after that we lost touch. so sorry.
RIP my good old friend
dave rehnberg


May 15, 2019

We used to visit Sam in New York where he always had great stories and was the kind of guy you wish lived next door. In the 1990's, when I was in Rockford on business, we used to go out drinking and talk about life as if we had known each other all our lives. We had a lot of laughs and good times which made my business trips enjoyable. RIP buddy.

Vincent Perniola

May 14, 2019

I was lucky in my life to have known and worked with Sam,he was a a stand up guy.May God have mercy on his soul.I send my deepest condolences to his family.

Frank Fox

May 4, 2019

I had the good fortune to work with Sam in the PAPD. He was an excellent police offficer and a first class detective. I am a neighbor of Liz & George Muller who told me of Sams passing. I posted it on the retired police web site which generated a good number of memories of Sam by other members of the force.
You have my condolences
Frank Fox,