Sam serves as Portola District Commissioner, Cub Day Camp Chair, and is in his 51st Scouting year. As a youth, he first earned his Cub Scout Arrow of Light, then the Eagle Rank in 1972 plus five Palms. The same year he earned Eagle, he was Archery Range Master for Cub Day Camp at Firestone Scout Reservation.
He attended the National Eagle Scout Association's first national conference in 1974 at Fort Collins, Colorado. He was Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 43 attending the 1975 World Jamboree in Norway. Lester Holmes, a former OCC Commissioner, was Scoutmaster. Sam was a bodyguard for Miss America at the 1973 National Jamboree and escort for Miss Indian American at the 1979 NOAC. Sam became a Vigil Member of the Order-of-the-Arrow (OA) in 1973, Chief of Siwinis Lodge, and Western Region Conclave Chair. Sam had a unique way of obtaining Boy Scout trainers. He proposed marriage to Karen. She accepted and he obtained a loving wife and a skilled district trainer. The son of an Eagle Scout in his first troop is now working toward Eagle with Sam in his current troop.
Sam lives in Yorba Linda with his wife Karen. Their grown children are Kambree (Ssgt, USAF), Samuel and Joshua (both Eagle Scouts).