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Obituary for Samuel Lenton Hamilton

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Samuel Lenton Hamilton

December 27, 1996 - September 15, 2015

Samuel Lenton Hamilton passed away on September 15, 2015.

Sam was born December 27, 1996 in Majuro, Marshall Islands.

Sam was a 2015 graduate of Bonneville High School where he played trumpet in the band, was a founding member of the chess crew, and was the manager of the girls’ volleyball team.  He was a student at Weber State University interested in a degree in Computer Science.  Sam was the 2012 Northern Utah Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association where he raised awareness about his disease.  Sam never let his disability hold him back.  He played soccer.  He was a Boy Scout.  He loved to travel and see new places.

Sam was musically gifted, playing trumpet, drums and piano.  He was a member of the Weber County Honor Band and the Weber State University Honor Orchestra.  He was an avid and skillful video game player.  He made many on-line friends across the country.  He loved animals and had a special ability to connect with them.  Sam was proud of his Marshallese heritage and was trying to learn the language.

Sam was blessed with wonderful friends throughout his life who saw past his handicap and just treated him as their best buddy and Sam loved them for that.  Sam was the most kind-hearted, generous, and funny person imaginable.  His smile and dimples lit up a room.  He made it his personal mission to take care of his friends and family.

We will all miss you Sammy Bammy.

Sam is survived by his parents David and Vickie Hamilton, his brother Nick and sister Mallory; aunt Judy (Chris) Hennefer; cousin Ryan Rogerson; grandparents Malcolm and Jeanette Hamilton and Irvin Smith; uncle Glenn Hamilton; uncle Paul (Lynne) Hamilton; uncle Gary Hamilton; uncle Todd (Julie) Hamilton; aunt Barbara (Stewart) Smith; aunt Marian (Scott) Flint; uncle Morris (Sherry) Smith and many cousins.  Sam is also survived by his birth family:  parents Hertin and Toine Lavin; sister Kinta Lavin; brothers Joti and Herrington Lavin; and brother Brendan McCarty.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph and Helen Rogerson; uncle Kirk Rogerson; cousin, Toni Rogerson; and aunt Allyson Hamilton.

A Viewing will be held Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, September 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 36th Street, Ogden, Utah.  Friends may visit with the family prior to services from 1:00 to 1:45 pm.

Interment will be at Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Boulevard, South Ogden, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, September 20, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Friends may visit the family prior to services from  1:00 to 1:45 pm.


Service Information

Date: Monday, September 21, 2015

Time: 06/26/2017 02:00 pm -

Leavitt's Mortuary


836 36th Street , , Ogden, UT, 84403

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, September 21, 2015

Washington Heights Memorial Park


4500 Washington Blvd , , Ogden, UT,

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Interment will be at Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Boulevard, South Ogden, Utah.

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Born: December 27, 1996
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Jan Higginson posted on9/21/15

Dear Vickie, Dave and Family Words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. Please know that your entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. From everything I have heard, Sam's was a life well-lived. May your memories of Sam and the love of your family surround you and give you strenght and peace in the days ahead. With heartfelt sympathy Sincerely, Jan


Colleen Shelton posted on9/21/15

Dear Vickie, Dave, and family, I am so heartbroken for your loss. I cannot even imagine the pain of losing a child. I will be making a contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the memory of Sam. My deepest sympathies are with you at this time. Colleen


Linda Major posted on9/20/15

Dear Vickie, Dave, Nick, and Mallory, Bill, I, Michelle, and Sara feel so incredibly sorry for your loss. We have all been reminiscing about the times we did get to spend with Sam including the dinosaur exhibit in Ogden and in Salt Lake. Although the times we spent were too few, Sam touched our hearts and we are so very, very sad that his life was cut short, but we know you gave him a very, very happy life which shines through in all the pictures you posted. I know in return he gave you so much love and special memories to cherish. We will make a donation to Muscular Dystrophy on his behalf, a very special young man who I know you are so very, very proud of. We love you guys more than you know and we will miss him too.


Lundgreen Hennefer Coates posted on9/20/15

Hamilton family, our deepest sympathies are with you at this time. We Will be making a donation to muscular dystrophy in Sam's name. Bart, Dixie, Eve, Nick, Tracy, And Park


Margaret Nielson posted on9/19/15

Dear Vickie, I am so very sorry for your loss. Even though I never met Sam, I felt like I knew him through you. He is indeed a special soul. This really hits home for me as well since I also have a son named Sam. In your Sam's name I will be making a contribution to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. My deepest condolences to you and your family. Margaret


Wille Family posted on9/19/15

Dear Hamilton Family, We will miss seeing Sam's happy face coming through our front door. Please accept our deepest condolences. A donation to Muscular Dystroply has been made in Sam's name. Sincerely, Ross, Kevin, Nadine, and Mary Wille