Sam Pappas Boren, beloved son of Steve Pappas and Ann Paige Boren, passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2018, just a few days shy of his 24th birthday.
He grew up on Bainbridge Island. He was a member of the Bainbridge High Class of 2012, lived in New York City from 2015 to 2017, and most recently lived in Sequim.
While a youngster, in the ‘90s, Sam grew up near downtown Winslow and could frequently be found exploring the community in the company of his doting dad Steve.
As a teen, his passions included biking and skateboarding. His dad maintained a professional-style skateboard ramp in the back of their home to practice “drop ins,” and he ran track as part of his school’s track & field team.
As a 20-something, Sam lived with friends in Brooklyn and loved to explore the city, sometimes providing a new home for forgotten furniture. Upon returning to the Pacific Northwest, he began classes at Evergreen State College and developed many new friendships.
Throughout his life, Sam was a voracious reader, loved music and was enthralled by the outdoors and being active. He was introspective, a keen observer and maintained a humorous, mischievous and ironic outlook. His many talents included baking, penmanship and chopping wood. He discovered that he loved to write and maintained a daily journal for most of his life. He made friends for life, and loved to lift weights. Anyone who knew Sam knew his radiant smile. His parents, when they first met, were working at the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), so he sometimes wryly speculated about the enduring mystery of whether the museum served an inspiration for his name. As a southpaw, Sam had a special kinship with his aunt and great-aunt who are also lefties.
Sam was beloved by a large extended family, including grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins, and so many in the community.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sam’s name to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence,