Samuel Grey Bell
September 3, 1989 – March 6, 2018
Sam was born in Bakersfield, CA to Ken and Kim Bell. He was their first-born child followed by younger brother Corey, and little sister, Sierra.
From the start, Sam surprised people around him as he could participate in conversations with adults at the young age of two. He was all boy with a love for trucks, wrestling, and tools.
Upon moving to Blacksburg, VA with his family he discovered a love for basketball. Everywhere Sam went, you would find him with a basketball in his hands. During these years he took part in his first hunting and fishing adventures with his dad and showed a great love for both.
Sam’s family moved to Idaho in 1997 just before he turned eight. His love of basketball, along with time in the great outdoors continued to grow and flourish. Sam’s years of self-driven b-ball practice made for some amazing memories on the court. His God-given athletic ability combined with all the hours spent with a basketball in his hand led to a talent that was well-beyond his years. In elementary school, Sam would ride his bike to his dad’s office at BSU, and often ended up being invited by the men’s Bronco team to jump in and play when they needed an extra.
When Sam was almost twelve, his dad remarried his step-mom, Laurie, and he, Corey, and Sierra joined together with Laurie and her daughter, Audrey, and son, Jay. The kids blended beautifully and this new chapter brought many great adventures.
As the years went by, his passion for hunting and fishing outgrew his love for basketball. Sam began spending every spare moment pursuing these passions. When he couldn’t be out doing one of these activities (which wasn’t often), you would find him devouring every hunting and fishing magazine he could get his hands on.
Sam enjoyed his years at Riverglen Jr High and Capital High, going on to graduate from Boise State University. Sam first met his love, Kim (Van Andel), back in Jr. High, but they didn’t know each other well. It wasn’t until their college days that their friendship grew to much more. They dated for several years and got engaged in 2013 prior to Kim heading to Graduate school. Upon her graduation as an Occupational Therapist, Sam and Kim were married in July of 2016. Their wedding was held in Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho as they both shared a love for the beautiful outdoors.
Sam was a Merchandising Team Member at Home Depot for the past seven years. He was also in his third year of refereeing, back on the basketball court again – but this time Sam was wearing the black and white stripes.
Kim and Sam loved each other deeply and shared many amazing adventures in the mountains and area lakes and rivers over the course of their seven-year relationship. She shared his love for hunting and fishing and was a great sport about many, many hours out in the wilderness, Sam’s favorite place to be.
Sam will be greatly missed and held close in all of our hearts. He fought so hard for years against mental health challenges, and although he lost his battle on earth, we know that this is not the end of his story. We believe in a God who has won the war, and we know that He loves Sam even more powerfully than we ever could.
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. -Isaiah 40:31-
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Sam’s name to
Backcountry Hunters & Anglers
Please join us to honor Sam
Saturday, March 10th, 11:00am
Foothills Christian Church
9655 W State St. Boise
Lunch served following the service