Memorial services for Billy Don Samples, 68, formerly of Pagosa Springs and owner of the Spanish Inn Restaurant, were held Aug. 23, 2009, in Trinity, Texas. Bill passed away Aug. 16 while fishing on Lake Livingston, the lake that he loved and lived on in Trinity.
He was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Fort Worth, Texas, and worked hard all of his life starting in the oil fields of west Texas and moving on to Leeds Shoes, 19 years with Montgomery Wards, 15 years at the Spanish Inn, Ace Hardware in Pagosa and five years in Trinity with Wilkison Hardware & Furniture. Bill never met a stranger and always went out of his way to help someone in need.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Margaret “Mosey,” and is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Mary Yvonne Samples of Trinity, Texas; children, Keith Samples of Cuero, Texas, and Elizabeth Marchand, her husband, Mike, and grandchildren Marissa, Mikaela, Maria and Austin Marchand of Pagosa Springs; three stepsons and their spouses and children, Shawn Harrison, his wife Jamie and daughter Caitlyn of Jainsville, Wisc.; Ashton Harrison, his wife Krizta and children Craig, Brandon, and Mathew of Cortez, Colo.; Damon Harrison, his wife Shellie and children Dillon and Sierra of Fate, Texas.