Early the morning of November 23, 2022 Samuel Nelson White, affectionately known as “Papa Sam” entered the presence of his loving Savior Jesus Christ. He passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side.\n\nBorn March 28th, 1940, to Julius and Louise White in Aurora Missouri. Sam’s childhood was surrounded by family and friends in rural America. \n\nMoving with his parents and siblings to California in 1948, his father gained employment at McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento. His mother was a homemaker and evangelist throughout her life. Sam gave his heart to the Lord when he was 8 years old. They settled near their family in North Sacramento. As a child, Sam delivered the Sacramento Bee in the morning and the Sacramento Union in the evening with his brothers Gary and Aaron. Their family was very tight knit and they enjoyed spending time together. \n\nWhile attending Del Norte High School in Sacramento, Sam was hired to work at Little Joe’s Steakhouse on Del Paso Blvd. While there he earned $1 an hour. During high school he also met his lifelong sweetheart, Elaine McCoy. They were married in September 1958. Sam often got a laugh about telling the story of his ‘honeymoon’ which consisted of Sam and Elaine bringing their younger brothers to the State Fair. His first child Becky was born in 1959 and his son Brent was born in 1962. \n\nSam began working in the sheet metal trade in the late 1950s. He retired as a HVAC Field Supervisor for Beutler Heating and Air after 38 years of service. Sam and Elaine loved traveling, especially to our National Parks. They loved spending time in nature enjoying God’s creation.\n\nSam’s dream was always to provide a safe, loving home for his family and in 1965 purchased a small house on 3 acres in Rescue, CA where he enjoyed living with his family for the remainder of his life. Sam loved working with his hands and over the years was able to transform his small home into a beautiful family home. He also helped his son and daughter build their homes. He raised animals and was an avid sportsman. He loved fishing and hunting deer. He also loved restoring vintage cars. He and his wife Elaine completely restored a 1935 Plymouth and a Ford Model A Sports Coupe. The cars competed and won awards at local shows. \n\nSam has moved on to his eternal home in Heaven but he leaves behind a tremendous legacy. Preceded in death by his parents Julius and Louise, siblings Bob, Betty, Joanne, and his beloved baby brother Gary. He is survived by his beautiful wife of 64 years Elaine, his children Becky Richard (Glenn), Brent White (Cheri), and grandchildren Ashley Sorgea (Taylor), Alyssa Harris (Marc), Steven White (Ana), Timothy White (Kira) and Todd White. He also leaves behind the sunshine of his life his great-grandchildren; Lillie White, Carson Bevier, Reese White, Parker White, Annabella White, Elliott Sorgea, Watson Sorgea, Charles Harris and Laina Harris. His surviving siblings are LeNora DeLemos (Bob), Aaron White (Sheila), & Irene White. He is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews.\n\nSam lived a life full of joy and had a smile that lit up the room. His laugh was contagious and he usually laughed so hard he cried happy tears. He was above all else a family man. He was a loving husband, father and Papa who would do anything for his family.\n\nThe most important thing to Sam was his deep faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ which he freely shared and lived by example. He will be deeply missed, loved and cherished forever.