Sater, Sam Michael

Sater, Sam Michael

September 20, 1984 – April 17, 2015
Age 30 of Minneapolis, died Friday, April 17th 2015 in Minneapolis, MN. He was born September 20th, 1984. He grew up in Backus, MN, attended Backus Elementary School, and graduated from Pine River High School, class of 2003. Sam enlisted in the Minnesota Army National Guard at the age of 17, served from 2002-2013, and completed two active duty tours in Iraq and Kuwait.  He was proud to have not only served during some of the most difficult years of the war but also to have been able to escort some of the last American troops safely out of combat during the drawdown of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition to his military service, Sam was an avid scholar, studying for his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He sought to use his life experiences and academic study in service to others, first through an internship at the Hennepin County Home School for juvenile offenders and later through his work as a Veterans Advocate for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, helping to reintegrate incarcerated veterans. Sam was a hard worker, known for his quick wit, sense of humor, love of Tabasco, gifted writing, taste for bad pop music, delicious guacamole, and for his habit of cleaning his mom’s kitchen each time he visited her.  He loved family dinners, spending time with friends, and his dog, Ryu. Sam was preceded in death by his mother, Dian and his grandfathers, Duane Scribner and Clayton Holt. Sam is survived by his parents, Scott and Lisa Sater; brother, Kelly Sater; sisters, Brenna MacDonald and Annette Holt Scribner, and a multitude of other family members and friends who loved and supported him. A Memorial Service will be held at 2PM on Sat., May 2 at University Lutheran Church of Hope, 601-13th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. Private Interment at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Sam’s memory to The Eagle’s Healing Nest. 310 US hwy 71 N Sauk Centre, MN 56378 or online at www.eagleshealingnest.com