Sam N. Nelmida, 93, peacefully passed away Sunday, May 31, 1998 of natural causes. A long time Layton resident, he was sleeping at home when he time to go arrived.
Sam was born February 11, 1905 in the Philippine Islands to his loving parents, Mariano and Maria Nelmida. After coming to the United States in 1930, he met his sweetheart, Teresa Montano, and married her April 25, 1953. Sam and Teresa were very much in love, never spending a day apart for the past 45 years.He is survived by his wife, Teresa; and four children, Rosalie and Bill Lemieux, of Bremerton, WA; Orlando Nelmida, of Salt Lake City; Norma and Doug Opheikens, of Ogden; Nicky Salazar, of Kaysville; also nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Alfred, and a granddaughter, Louise.
Sam has been energetic until the end. He worked as a sharecropper for the late Weaver family for 25 years. Then he became a custodian for the Davis School District until he retired at age 65. Yet, ever so humble, he persisted on working for Black Island Farms until age 89,
On June 19, 1933 he received the Golden Bamboo Award, in appreciation of his longtime dedication and service to the Filipino Community.
He liked to fish and take an occasional road trip to Wendover. He enjoyed the calmness of sitting and working in his garden. But most of all he loved his family; often asking which great-grandchild he would see next.
Sam's love and gratitude towards his family will be greatly missed. He was an example to all, teaching and caring for us from the heart. His unwavering love and undying dedication to life itself will live on in all of us; giving us peace and inspiration when we need it most.
We love you Sam, you'll be deeply missed.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, June 3, 1998 at 10 a.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 210 So. Chapel Street, with Father Victor Bonnell officiating. Friends and family may call Tuesday 6-7:30 p.m. at Lindquist's Clearfield Mortuary, 1050 So. State St. with Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Interment, Clearfield City Cemetery.
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