Sam G. Mah

June 30, 1941November 26, 2018

Beloved husband, dad, grandpa, son, and brother, Sam G. Mah, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 26, 2018, at the age of 77. Sam was born on June 30, 1941 within the Canton Province in China to Bing Foon and Yut Sen Mah. At the age of 11, Sam left China for the United States in search for a better life. He went to Edison High School, supported the family restaurant (Mah's Cuisine, China City), and helped care for the family. Sam received his BA in Economics and Business Administration from Chapman University. He started his career with the City of Stockton as a drafter in the Community Development Department. He worked his way up to become the Deputy Director of Community Development. He was proud to serve the City of Stockton and after 33 years of public service, he retired in 2001. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and was an avid golfer. He traveled to places like Palm Springs, Monterey, and Hawaii to golf with his wife, Alice.

Amongst all else, his greatest treasure was his family and he dedicated his life to make sure all of his family members were well taken care of. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 37 years, Alice; mother, Yut; four children: Darrell (Mary), Cindy (Daydra), Darren (Courtney), and Emily (Leo); 5 grandchildren; four brothers: Henry, John, Danny and Larry. He is preceded in death by his father, Ben, and sister, Sally.

Family and friends are invited to Sam Mah's funeral service on Saturday, December 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m., at the DeYoung Shoreline Chapel. Burial services will follow at the Stockton Chinese Cemetery.


  • Austin Mah
  • Eric Mah
  • Jeffrey Mah
  • Alex Mah
  • Allen Mah
  • Kenny Mah



  • Blanketing Ceremony Friday, December 7, 2018
  • Chapel Service Saturday, December 8, 2018


  • Final Resting Place

Sam G. Mah

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David Stagnaro

December 7, 2018

I was truly saddened to hear of Sam’s passing. I enjoyed working with your Dad…the lunchtime card games (called s****-your-neighbor or Get Gunter) depending on who was playing. Him making an abrupt stop outside my office when he wanted to talk. Other times he would walk past my office, realize he wanted to talk, and then do the Mah Moon Walk to get back. His legacy project, the “Taj-Mah-Tower” (a communications antenna on West Lane) that Sam approved through his creative use of the Planning and Zoning Code. Him saying “What the heck” when he could have said something worse. The quote attributed to Sam during his Planning Director interview with John Carlson. He said that if hired, “I will stay true to the cause”. I witnessed Sam staying true to the cause during his career with the City, and Stockton is better for it. He was an important mentor to me. Sam will be dearly missed.

Much love,

David Stagnaro