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Sammy Joe Barnum


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Sammy Joe Barnum

Sammy Joe Barnum, 68, of Helper, Utah passed away Oct. 14, 2014 in Price, Utah. A resident of Helper, Utah for the past nine years and former longtime Rock Springs resident, Barnum died following a lengthy illness.

He was born on March 18, 1946 in Oak Creek, Colo., the son of the late Charles and Josie Barnum.

Barnum attended school in Rock Springs and was a 1964 graduate of the Rock Springs High School.

Barnum served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

He enlisted in May of 1965 and was discharged as a corporal in February of 1969.  

He married Nancy Shalata on March 15, 1969 and they divorced in April of 1990, he later married Barbara Pilling in Price, Utah.

Barnum was employed at FMC in the maintenance department and retired on March 18, 2011, after working 42 years.

His interests were riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed his cabin and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife Barbara Barnum of Helper, Utah; three sons, Dan Barnum and Ron Barnum of Casper and Charles Barnum and wife Jodi of Rock Springs; one daughter, Leslie Barnum of Portland, Ore .; one brother, Bob Barnum of Lyman; two sisters, Eunice Atchinson of Albequerque, N.M. and Bessie Rhodes of Tallahassee, Fla .; five grandchildren, Charlie Barnum, Katelyn Barnum, Amanda Barnum, Kenyon Tucker and Quinten Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Barnum and one sister, Evelyn Sandoval.

Burial tok place in the Mountain View Cemetery in Helper, Utah.          

The family of Sammy Joe Barnum respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to online or Alzheimer's Association of America.

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