Sam Spotts age 54 of Hibbing died Saturday, September 11, 2021 at Sandstone
Healthcare Center in Sandstone, MN. Sam was born May 18, 1967 in Hibbing to Gerald
and Barbara (Toscano) Spotts.
Prior to a vehicle accident leaving him disabled in his early 20’s, Sam’s pride and joy
were his family, his cabin near Side Lake, MN, being outdoors and fishing. Following the
accident, Barb and Jerry dedicated their lives to making their home and vehicles
handicapped accessible and comfortable to bring Sam home and provide an extraordinary
quality of life for him. On Side Lake where he resided with them, he enjoyed many
things, such as relaxing on the deck watching boats come through the channel, pontoon
rides, floating in the lake, and many family gatherings. Sam also was well traveled, going
South for the winter for many years with Barb and Jerry in their motor home, enjoying
evening riverside walks and year long sunshine. He traveled from MN to AZ, to CA and
back visiting multiple family members and friends along the way.
His kids enjoyed visiting him, even after moving out of state as adults. He would always
entertain a good arm wrestling match or share in a gut busting laugh over a joke. After
moving into town with Jerry, Peter and Krista, he could be found having a cold beer and
relaxing under the apple tree, enjoying the great outdoors. His boisterous carrying laugh,
outgoing personality, and huge smile carry on in his children. Though his time short, his
lessons in life, compassion and dignity will live on. Sam’s life was unlike that of many
with his disability, due to unconditional love and devotion from his immediate family.
The comfort of his company will be greatly missed.
Sam was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Spotts, brother, Gerald Spotts and son,
Kristopher Spotts. He is survived by his father, Gerald Spotts, daughters, Samantha
(Maurice) Chessmore and Ricki (Zach) Boyle, brothers, Peter (Krista) Spotts, Tom (Sherri) Spotts, Dan (Ronda) Spotts and 8 grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at a later date at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing.