Roger C. Sams, Juneau, Dies in Anchorage at 81

Roger C. Sams

Longtime Juneau resident Roger C. Sams, 81, passed away August 25, 2020, at Alaska Regional Hospital in Anchorage. No services will be held.

Roger was born July 2, 1939, in Fairview, North Dakota, to Laura and Dorsey Sams. He moved to Portland, Oregon, at a young age, and he graduated from Franklin High School in Portland in 1957.  He completed his journeyman lineman apprenticeship in 1966 and worked for Portland General Electric until 1969.  

He married Barbara Wisdom on September 5, 1969. They honeymooned on the Alcan Highway, moving to Juneau, where he worked all phases of power line work (AEL&P, Northern Construction, Glacier Highway Electric Association and other contractors).

From 1981 to 1985, he was the assistant business manager for Unit 103 of Local 1547 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and a Trustee for the Alaska Electrical Apprenticeship Training Trust. From 1987 through 1990 he worked in Anchorage as a business rep. From 1990 through 1999 he worked as the Southeast Electrical Inspector for the State of Alaska.  He retired in 1999.

He enjoyed hunting in Alaska. Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and  also fishing, traveling and cutting wood.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, of 51 years; sons Dale (Lori Nottingham) of Juneau and Mark (Melody Collins) of Wasilla; grandson Jason (Nicole Thieme) of Acme, Washington; sister JoAnn Bailey of Sitka; nieces Paige Bernhardt (Gary) of Sitka and Jill Bailey of Portland, Oregon; and cousin Larry (Connie) of Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents Laura Sams Dykstra and Dorsey Sams, grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.


“He is missed but we know he is in a better place.”

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.