Samuel F. Amaral-Gallaway of Yakima, 20 born in Redmond WA on February 6, 1992 was taken home late Thursday night, September 27, 2012. He and a fellow firefighter were returning to their base camp for work the next morning when they had an accident.
Samuel graduated from West Valley High School in 2010. While at WVHS, he loved playing baseball, time with his friends, classes, staff and administration, but most of all his experiences with the West Valley Firefighter Club. The club introduced Samuel to the passion of firefighting and the firefighters brotherhood. Samuel worked as a firefighter with the West Valley Fire Department and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. He made many accomplishments within both organizations. Becoming a sawyer, operator of the chain saw, was a proud moment for him and one of the many achievements his parents treasure. Aside from the firehouse, Samuel was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing and hiking. He shared the love of the mountains with family, friends, and his dog Abbey.
Samuel jumped to attention when his pager would sound. Throughout the house we could hear him yell "I got a call!" As he dashed out the door we would all run to wave him safe goodbye.
Samuel's continual smile (except mornings :)) will now be waiting to greet his family members parents - Marc and Marci Gallaway, Samuel and Rosika Amaral, brothers -Tyler and Payton, sisters - Sofia and Megan, grandparents Frank and Deana Gonzalez, Chris and Don Heins, Gary and Jeanne Gallaway, Hector and Esperanza Amaral, Genaro and Rosa Humala and great-grandmother Virginia Bailey, Uncle Chad and Aunt Lorie, cousins Azaria and Madison Gallaway, Uncle Rick and Aunt Connie Colton, cousins Taylor and Krystyn Colton, Uncle Vincent Gonzalez and Meridith Vinansky. Samuel's smile will also greet his extended sister Lacey Temple and her family Patrick, Tristen and Asher, extended parents Bob and Vickie Elkey extended Uncle Eric and Aunt Sue, Brian and Whitney, extended grandparents Grandma Buggy, Grandma Caroline and Grandpa Jim :).
Samuel's memorial service will be held Saturday, October 6th at 1:00 p.m. at West Valley High School. To share a memory of Samuel, please visit www.keithandkeith.com.