Gary Lee Samad

November 8, 1942August 15, 2013

Gary Lee Samad, Sr.,70, of San Angelo passed away on August 15, 2013. He was born on November 8, 1942, to Leo and Frances Wainscott Samad in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the second of six children. Gary graduated from Western Hills High School in June 1960 and joined the United States Air Force in July 1960. He married Harriet Pale, also of Cincinnati on April 3, 1961. They had three children. During his 24 years in the Air Force he and the family traveled to assignments at Air Force Bases in Japan, Greece, England, New York, and Texas. He retired as a Master Sergeant from the Air Force on November 1, 1984. Gary started to work in Civil Service at Goodfellow AFB, TX, on December 3, 1985 and retired at Goodfellow on December 25, 2004. During his time at Goodfellow he performed jobs as an instructor, Registrar, Training Development Chief, Training Manager, Chief of Faculty Development, and ended his career as the Director of Operations for the Training Support Squadron. Gary was very active in the Masonic bodies as well as in community organizations. He joined the Masonic Lodge in June 1969 and became a member of the Scottish and York Rites, and Shrine. He helped to form the first English Speaking Lodge under the Grand Lodge of Greece. He was a Past Commander of the York Rite bodies in San Angelo. He was a founder of the Suez Shrine Greeter Unit and Clown Unit, and also served as the President of the Texas Shrine Greeters Association. He was honored by being the “Orator Emeritus” of the Suez Shrine Temple. Gary was an active member of the community serving in many positions. He was on the Board of Directors of Crime Stoppers of San Angelo, a member of the Concho Cadre. He graduated from the Citizen’s Police Academy (twice) and served as a Disable Parking Patrol Officer in San Angelo. He was proud of his military career and was a Past Commander (twice) of the American Legion, and a Director of the Non-Commissioned Officers Association, as well as a Trustee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Men’s Auxiliary. He is survived by his wife of 52 years; and three children, Gary Jr. and his wife Ruth of San Diego, California; Susan Beach and her husband Ty of Navarre, Florida; and Jeannette Hill and her husband Brian of Newport, Vermont; and also two granddaughters; Brittany Motley and Rebecca Samad. He is also survived by three brothers, Leo Sam Samad, Jr., of Cincinnati, OH, Ronald Lee Samad, of Cincinnati, OH, and Roger Sam Samad, of Las Vegas, NV. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, August 18, 2013, at VFW, 125 S. Browning St., with Ty Beach officiating, and will include military and Masonic ceremonies. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals for the Elderly. Family and Friends May sign an online register book at


  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 18, 2013

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September 6, 2013

We are here for you Harriet.
With Hugs Nancy & Gordy

Milton Turner

August 28, 2013

I worked with Gary on various projects implementing Intel Training at Goodfellow AFB, Tx, near San Angelo where he lived with his wife Harriet.

I will fondly remember Gary as he was always full of life and always welcomed new challenges.

I'm very sad he passed from our lives but happy he's in a better place...reserved for those of high character and integrity!

I will miss him!

Milton J. Turner Jr.
San Antonio, Texas
Member of the AF Civil Service.

Gary, I'm keeping up the good fight, thanks to your wisdom and guidance we will prevail! God Welcomes you into your new Family!

Carol & David Herreman

August 28, 2013

Harriet, We were so saddened to learn of the loss of your husband, Gary. Our deepest and sincerest condolences go to you and your family. Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. May God bless you.

August 27, 2013

Harriet & family -
As I review the many tributes to Gary on a generous and spirited life well spent, I'd like to add my sincere condolences (again)for your 'larger than life' loss. You are in the thought and prayer of one ol' long-time admirer and friend. Rass

August 27, 2013

Harriet, it's been many years since we were all together in Misawa--on the dart team with the Taylors and Ducanes; Gary's DJ gigs; crazy flight Christmas parties; nights at the hot baths; Thanksgiving at your house; and so many more great memories. Gary was an unforgettable force who will be sorely missed by all who ever knew him. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family.
Rita Brossett (Spidle)

August 26, 2013

Dear Harriet,
So very sorry to hear about Gary. I have such wonderful memories of the two of you and will always treasure them. Thinking of you during this most difficult time.

Pam Phelps

Jane Randall

August 26, 2013

Dearest Harriet,

Another blast from the past... am so sorry to hear about Gary's passing. He was a wonderful guy. Haven't seen you all since Misawa. We all had such good times together with Chuck and Kathy Taylor. From the time I was just a young airman...I remember him DJ'ing at the Static Club... and later on my second Misawa tour shooting darts together. Good memories. God bless you and your family.

Big hug,

Jane (formerly Ducane) Randall

August 25, 2013

Hello Harriet,
I'm a voice out of the distant past. Gary was part of the youth at Westwood-Cheviot Church when I became the Youth Minister in 1958! I served there three times and saw him mature along with his family. I remember him as a great guy who loved the Lord and His Church. That's the reason I frequent the Enquirer - Ruth Ann and I have such good memories of the wonderful people who were part of out lives over those years. Just know you're in our prayers for God's best - blessings, peace and assurance that the best is yet to come. Even though we mourn his passing we celebrate his life.
Rev. Bob Tyler

Johnny and Linda Stewart

August 23, 2013

Our deepest sympathies, warmest hugs and most sincere prayers are with you.

Cathie DeFazio

August 21, 2013

Dear Harriet,
We are so very sorry and so shocked to learn of Gary's death. May God be with all of you a you face this terrible tragedy. love, cathie