Samuel Arthur Scanga

Born: Wed., Oct. 6, 1943
Died: Sun., Apr. 1, 2018


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Apr. 14, 2018
Location: United Methodist Church


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Samuel Arthur Scanga, 74, went home to his Lord and Savior on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Born in Salida, CO to Frank and Louise (Salerno) Scanga on October 6, 1943. He was raised
on the family’s farm and ranch just west of Poncha Springs; graduated from Salida High School
in 1961; and attended Colorado State University, earning a degree in Forestry and Range
Management in 1965. He was drafted into the United States Army where he put his talents
and passion as a steward of natural resources and love for trees to use, conducting
surveillance during the Vietnam war. While serving his country, he met the love of his life, Anita,
in New Hampshire. They were joined forever on November 2, 1968 at the First Baptist Church
in Revere, MA. This union produced three loving children. Sam dedicated 32 years to the U.S.
Forest Service, improving and protecting the forests of Colorado. He retired as the District
Ranger of the San Juan National Forest in Pagosa Springs, CO after stops in Norwood,
Steamboat Springs and Craig. After the passing of his father Frank in 1988, Sam’s
involvement, love and passion for his family’s ranch in Poncha Springs, which was always
there, bloomed into a major part of his and his family’s lives. He began to implement
improvements to the ranch, expanding the hay and cattle productivity. After Anita’s retirement
from teaching they built a home overlooking his ranch where he could serve as the conductor
of daily operations and moved permanently back home to the ranch. If he was not able to be
outside working on his ranch, checking cows, harvesting hay, tending to water, or spending
time with his family (especially his 5 grandkids) he was certainly not where he wanted to be.
Despite his lengthy battle with rheumatoid arthritis, Sam amazed all of those around him with
his determination and drive to remain active until his last days on earth; he never quit!

Sam is survived by his loving wife of 49.5 years Anita, a sister Marie Perri, his daughters
Rebecca (Robert) Montoya and Lisa (Dana) Hatfield and his son John (Chauna) Scanga. In
addition, Sam was most proud of his 5 grandchildren: Megan, Sam, Ian, Madison and Ben.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM on April 14, 2018 at the Salida Methodist Church, 228 East
4th Street, Salida, CO with a reception for friends and family to follow at the Poncha Springs
Town Hall, 330 Burnett Avenue, Poncha Springs.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request that contribution be made to the following
organizations in the name of Sam Scanga:

Arthritis Foundation https://www.arthritis.org
Heifer International https://www.heifer.org

‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in
charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.’” Matthew 25:23

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David and Nancy Hoefer
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
Both Nancy and I express our sympathy to Anita and the family. We enjoyed knowing Sam while in Steamboat and were grateful when he was promoted to Ranger at Craig. I lost tract of Sam after his being in Pagosa Springs where I was an assistant ranger.

I enjoyed working with Sam and having him as my assistant. I remember the time he took Anita out to count cattle on to an allotment and the Forest Supervisor hit me up about taking someone in a government vehicle even on a weekend. I told the Forest Supervisor I thought it was appropriate but can't remember if I won of lost the "battle." Anyway, thanks Anita for being a partner with him to help with Forest Service work.

Joe/Lindy Hartman
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
Dear Anita,
What a flood of memories returned as I read today of Sam's passing! We lost track of you and wish we had been better correspondents. From Sam's obituary his life was rich and full.
Our time together in Steamboat Springs as young married couples was wonderful. We started our families together at about the same time which was fun to have company on that journey.
Even though we did not keep up with you we retained the highest regard for both of you.
We will keep you and all your family in our caring thoughts and prayers.
Lindy and Joe Hartman

Joe/Lindy Hartman
   Posted Thu April 05, 2018
Dear Anita,
What a flood of memories came back when I read today of Sam's passing! It was wonderful being young married couples together in Steamboat Springs. We started our families at about the same time and it was fun to have company on that journey.
We were poor correspondents so lost track of you and we regret that. From Sam's obituary his was a full and rich life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the family. Even though we did not keep in touch we always thought of both of you with high regard.
Lindy and Joe Hartman

Marvin Froistad
   Posted Fri April 06, 2018
I enjoyed my time working with Sam on the Routt and also bowling with Sam until his arthritis wouldn't allow him to bowl anymore. Sam was a dedicated Forest Service employee and always worked to get things done for the good of the Forest (even if he had to circumvent some roadblocks on occasion). I'm glad to hear of how he got to enjoy his retirement on his ranch.
Sam will be missed.

DOROTHY TERRELL
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
Dear Anita and family,
Ed and I were so shocked and saddened to hear of Sam's passing. We send all of you our love, prayers and hugs. Please know that miles do not stop caring and concern. Hold tightly to each other - and know that love is eternal and Sam's love lives on forever.
Ed and Dottie

Bill Ott
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
Hi Anita, It has been such a joy to reconnect with you and Sam over the past several years. And, at the reception, it was a delight to be remembered by Lisa, Rebecca, and Sam. They were pre-schoolers when I last saw them in 1980. Sam was both a mentor and a friend. He got me started on my USFS career when he hired me at Craig. He was one of the few District Rangers that actually still went to the field and worked along side staff and seasonals. That was a special time for me and I have the warmest memories of Sam, you and your family. Bill

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