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 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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