Oct. 19, 1936 — Dec. 12, 2019

Lt. Col. Herbert “Herb” C. Sample Jr., 83, passed away peacefully in his sleep in his El Dorado Hills home with his wife, Candy, by his side, Dec. 12, 2019. Herb was a decorated veteran who served in the Vietnam War and spent 32 years on active duty with the U.S. Army.

Herb was born Oct. 19, 1936, in Shiprock, N.M., to parents Herbert C. Sample Sr., and Winona Elliott Sample. He was raised in Paso Robles, Calif., graduated from Paso Robles High School and attended Park College, where he received a bachelor’s degree. He joined the Army in 1955 and took his family on travels throughout the U.S. and Germany, where they lived while in the Army.

After moving to Cameron Park, Calif., in 1975, Herb began a successful 40-year career in real estate. When not working, Herb enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.

Herb was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Winona; brother, Jim; and his wife of 31 years, Willena Drennan Sample.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Candy Aluffi-Sample; his daughter, Teresa Russell (Mark), and his son, Gregg Sample (Vicke); along with his three grandchildren, Kayla Whatley (Luke), Adam Russell and Lena Sample.

Herb was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend — a true patriot. He will be greatly missed. Celebration of Life will be at a later date.