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Samuel William Silva

November 7, 1952 — December 5, 2023

Bayview

Samuel William Silva

On December 4 th 2023 Samuel Silva (71) of Bayview, Id passed peacefully at home into the loving arms of his lord & savior. After high school, Sam worked at his father’s gas stations in Southern California where under his supervision he learned mechanics. Sam eventually worked as a mechanic for the State of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene. After many years as a professional mechanic, there came a time he wanted a change! He took some computer classes, training sessions, and self-study with passion, then applied for & got a job as a customer support technician in Spokane, Washington where he excelled. Sam enjoyed being a home chef, cooking many foods which were enjoyed by family & friends. Sam took much pride in the dishes he produced. He also loved hunting, rod fishing, fly fishing, camping & boating. However, boating was his passion. He owned 3 boats from a small motorboat to large cruisers-yachts. He especially loved wooden boats & restored several that were large enough to cruise, fish, BBQ & have overnight stays on.

There were MANY GOOD TIMES spent over the years on the boats with family & friends. Sam was a perfectionist at the restoration of these wood boats, as well as the mechanics of all engines, outdrives, steering and electrical. He helped his son Matt work on his cars, trucks & house, & loved passing his knowledge onto him.

In 1972 Sam was drafted into the Vietnam War & was honorably discharged with an Excellent Sharpshooter Award. Sam is survived by his loving wife Pam Silva of 53 years, son Matthew Silva, daughter–in-law Malissa Silva, he adored & cherished his precious granddaughter Sydney Silva; brothers Earnie (Karen) Silva & Tim Silva; brothers-in-law Gord (Jan) Newman & Jeff (Anne) Newman; sister-in-law Deb Tobin; mother-in-law Audrey Newman & long time army buddies Randy (Jane) Meyer & Ronnie (Wendy) Meyer. Sam loved his family & his family loved him dearly. What we wouldn’t give to hear Grandpa tell more stories of the good ‘ol days. Sam was preceded in death by his father William “Bill” Silva, mother Emily “Lou” Silva, step brothers Shannon & Billy Silva & father-in-law Alvin “Curley” Newman.

His memorial service will be Saturday March 2nd at 11:00 at the Bayview Community Center on 20298 E Perimeter Rd in Bayview. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Union Gospel Mission.

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