Sam Saimo had an eye for angles – angles that helped capture perfectly the beauty of the place he called home… the Snoqualmie Valley.
He was an artist. Passionate. Kind. A friend to all – from the time he moved here at 4-years old.
Sam died suddenly on August 20, 2016 – two months after his 21st birthday.
Shock. Disbelief. Broken hearts. He was my friend’s son. He was my daughter’s friend. He was kind to all.
He was Sam.
I knew him through his photos. He developed a passion for the camera and found beauty in every picture he took. No matter the subject or background, he somehow found magic in every landscape, a young child’s face, or friends just enjoying each other’s company. He had a knack for finding “that moment” with his camera.
I was privileged to share some of Sam’s photos with thousands of people. Sam shared with me the pictures I was too lazy to capture: Rattlesnake Lake at sunrise. The Milky Way over Millpond. Rattlesnake Lake from the top.
Even if I had tried, I didn’t have his eye – nor his talent.
So in turn I got to share those photos – and Sam – with residents of the Snoqualmie Valley, the place he loved to explore and call home.
I am grateful.
Earlier this month Sam saved someone from drowning on the Snoqualmie River. I asked him if I could do an article about the experience. He said he would have done it no matter who was in trouble. He was glad to help, but wasn’t comfortable with an article written about himself.
That was Sam. Quietly doing good things. Capturing beauty. An inspiration and friend to many. An adventurer. A big brother to Will and Julia. A loving son to Jeannie and Dan.
Gone too soon. Always remembered.
Sam Saimo ~ June 22, 1995 – August 20, 2016. Mount Si High School Class of 2013.
A celebration of Sam’s Life will be held Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 12PM at Snoqualmie Valley Alliance, 36017 SE Fish Hatchery Road in Fall City.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust or given to the Saimo family for a donation to be made in his name.
You can read Sam’s full obituary HERE (enter name in search bar) and enjoy some of his photos below.