Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery

401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ


Samuel Trachtenberg

July 24, 1932June 7, 2019

Samuel Trachtenberg, age 86, died in Phoenix on June 7, 2019.

Sam was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1932 and moved with his family to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1971. He was a jeweler for much of his professional life and was the corporate jewelry buyer and manager for all Smitty’s stores in the Valley. Among his sports passions, Sam was an avid Phoenix Suns fan.

Sam is survived by his wife Doris and daughter Anita (Valley residents), son David and daughter-in-law Stephanie (Virginia residents), and two grandchildren, Kara (a Maryland resident) and Ryan (also a Virginia resident).

Funeral services will be [were] held on June 11, 2019 at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery in Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Anita McClaskey

June 12, 2019

I don’t know if it’s appropriate for a daughter to leave a message here or not, but I need to share my thoughts on daddy. He was truly one of a kind. He never said a bad word or had a bad word to say about anyone. His heart was as big as the Grand Canyon. I once saw him take the watch off his wrist and give it to someone just because he admired it. He was always there for everyone. I had some hard times and he was always there to listen and help any way he could. The two of us used to go to breakfast on Sunday mornings and just talk. He never judged, he always forgave. He was the kindest man I’ve ever known. He always put his family first. His love for us was immeasurable. His love for mom, even more so. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for us, or anyone that needed anything if it was in his power to help. The world has lost a true angel but heaven has gained a great one. I will miss you, daddy, but am grateful for all the years I had with you and all the love you gave me. Thank you. I love you.

Ginny Sharpe

June 11, 2019

I worked with Sam at Smitty’s many years ago, and remember him fondly. When I was promoted to Assistant Domestics buyer and my job entailed visiting all of our store locations, and setting up new store locations, he would always check in on me to make sure things were going well, in my department too. . . Sam was always dressed with shirt and tie with a jacket no matter the temperatures were everyday of the year, sometimes even with a vest. Always the properly dressed gentleman, with a kind hello every time.
I ran into him a few years back in grocery store where he was picking up a prescription for his wife, and I knew who he was right away......but he didn’t remember me. It had been over 30 years, he might not have changed much but I guess I had, lol. Rest In Peace dear Sam.
Ginny Sharpe


June 11, 2019

Sam Trachtenberg is by far the greatest man I've ever known. He always put family first and his kindness and generosity were only matched by the size of his heart. Everyone who's had the privilege of knowing Sam truly Loved him. Even during the biggest down time of my life he had a way of understanding and giving the advice and support that I needed to get through it. I will truly miss this Amazing man!! I Love you Sam! Rest well.