Arrangements under the direction of Wasatch Lawn Mortuary, Salt Lake City, UT.
- Graveside Service Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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July 1, 2015
How long is 34 years? Sam and I have known each other over 34 years!
We met in the fall of 1980 when both of us were studying for a Master Degree in the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. We were housemates sharing a "big white house".
Sam was an enthusiastic person and I was a follower. Sam was always willing in helping new students from Taiwan and China. We were voluntary "movers".
We were among a very few Taiwanese students who enjoyed playing tennis. The shared love of tennis served a natural bond in our friendship. Even years after leaving Alabama, somehow we were always able to reach each other. "Have you played tennis lately?" has become one of our first few exchanges when we got on the phone.
Sam visited me whenever he came to Los Angeles. We would occasionally go to night clubs for some fun in our single days. Life took a turn after we each got married and had children, family became the centers of our lives. We saw less of each other for a while. In year of 2000, I suggested to Sam for a get-together in Las Vegas. We stayed at Hilton Hotel so we could play tennis on the rooftop courts. We had a lot of fun playing husbands-and-wives tennis, and kids enjoyed a good time playing together at Circus Circus. It was a very fond memory full of fun for the two families.
Ten years ago I bought a house just a short distance away from Sam's. My neighbors curiously asked me why I chose Salt Lake City for retirement over Orange County, California where I am currently residing. I told them "because my best friend lives here".
Sam loved food, particularly good food, while I usually went for something simple. However Sam always let me choose where to go eat. He was always an easy-goer.
Sam first mentioned about the loss of appetite and feeling discomfort in stomach at Highland High tennis courts four months ago. Let believe it was just symptoms of stomach flu, little did I know that it would sadly turn out the last time we played tennis together!
Time flies! 34 years has passed in a glimpse. I'll never forget Sam. I'll cherish our every memorable moments and may him rest in peace!