OBITUARY

Samuel Graham Daniels Macdonald

January 21, 1986May 1, 2021
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Sam Macdonald died suddenly in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 1, 2021. He is survived by his son, Kai Larson Macdonald; Maile Macdonald, his former wife; his parents, Kate Daniels and Geoff Macdonald; his siblings, Gus (Sarah Jennings) and Janey Macdonald; his former parents in law, Liesl and Joey McLiney; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; and an unbelievably large group of devoted friends, including Adrian Thompson, James Dade, and Matt Smith.

Sam was born in Gainesville, Florida, on January 21, 1986. From birth, he was our Bubby and our Merry Saucy Lad. He attended Catholic schools in Baton Rouge, Durham, and Nashville, and graduated in 2004 from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville where his Latin teacher called him his “window of light” for the avidity of his interest. He was a member of a remarkable class of young men who twice delivered the state football championship. Sam was All-State, and played left guard with vigor and gusto that is still remembered. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2012 with a degree in environmental studies.

Sam was an enthusiast, a lover of life, an embracer of challenges, and a lifelong autodidact. He loved to learn and had multitudinous interest ranging from sous vide cooking, to organic gardening, hunting, politics, literature, the NFL draft, and the lives of every person he came into contact with. Most people who met him found him unforgettable. His tragic death leaves many in shock and deep mourning. The family urges all who discern signs of ongoing despairing depressing and increased alcohol consumption to seek professional help as part of their concern and support for their suffering loved one. Alcoholism is a family illness.

Contributions in Sam’s memory can be made to the Kai Macdonald Educational Fund, c/o Kate Daniels, 1404 Beechwood Avenue, Nashville, TN 37212.

We thank everyone for their extraordinary outpouring of love.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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Kristy Blumberg Caruso

May 5, 2021

Sweet Sam! My first memory of you is visiting my parents home in Florida with your dad..we ate lots of yummy candy together ❤️❤️❤️ The last time I saw you was a couple of years ago in Nashville...such a handsome gentleman. Your father talked about you often and you are so loved by many.
My sincerest condolences to the entire family...sending you strength and love now and always. Love, Kristy Caruso

Sabine & Jan-Willem Maas

May 5, 2021

We are not sure what to say in the face of such a difficult loss. Just want to let you know that we care about you, and that we share in your sadness. Our thoughts are with Maile, Kai and the family.

Sabine, Jan-Willem, Sanne, Lieke and Willem Maas
The Netherlands

Max McLiey

May 5, 2021

Angelo Santostefano

May 4, 2021

Sam was a god friend of mine when I was a kid. We haven’t been close for years, but he was an integral part of my adolescence . The news of his passing devastates me. Love and prayers to his family.

Valerie Gaines

May 4, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Maile, Kai , and McDonald family.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Amy McLiney

May 4, 2021

I will truly miss the sparkle Sam had when he spoke. What a kind soul. I am so sorry for this deep loss.

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