As a young boy, Samuel Logan, Jr. loved designing, building and flying model airplanes. Sam went on to UC Berkeley as an engineering major. After college he went to work at North American Aviation—now working on planes that were a bit more advanced than his model-building days. In 1943 he married his wife Katie and was drafted into the Navy shortly after. Sam spent much of his time studying and teaching economics. After WWII, Sam returned to North American Aviation, which soon became Rockwell International. He worked on the design team of the famous P-51 Mustang, his favorite airplane. In 1951, Sam was made a chief engineer and began work refurbishing F-86 aircraft from the Korean War. He also led the design work for the F-100 fighter and the B-70 Valkyrie bomber. Sam retired in 1978, at the age of 57 and had every reason to expect that he would be treated with admiration from his peers. But Sam believed what was written in I Peter 5:6. And because Sam believed that, God used him in a mighty way to shape the ministry of Hume Lake Christian Camps.
Sam Logan first came to Hume when he attended a Fishermen’s Retreat at the invitation of a friend. He quickly fell in love with what God was doing through the ministry. In 1953, Sam was invited to join Hume’s board of directors; a position he held for the next 48 years, serving as Chairman for many of them. Over the years, Sam used the Fishermen’s Retreats and the cabin he built at Hume to bring friends up to introduce them to Christ. Not only was Sam involved in God’s work at Hume Lake, he was involved in God’s work just about everywhere else. He led many Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and was heavily involved in many church ministries. He was bold in his faith, and even led a Bible study at work.
Sam loved his family and took special care to teach his children what it truly meant to follow Christ. In 2003, Sam and Katie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Katie passed away unexpectedly that same year. Five years later, the Lord brought Minette Gregory back into Sam’s life. Minette was a long-time family friend whose husband had also passed away. Sam and Minette were married in 2009 and enjoyed two happy years together. The Lord brought Sam Logan home on January 5, 2011. He left behind Minette, all four of his children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
After the Wagon Train fort was built in 2005, it was named “Fort Logan” after the legacy of Sam and Katie. Knowing Sam, he probably didn’t care much for that. In a world and a culture that is increasingly focused on self-promotion, Sam continued to hold fast to the humility that he had learned at an early age from his Savior. Perhaps what speaks the most loudly about Sam is that more than any of his impressive accomplishments, he was best known by those around him as a man who loved the Lord. Sam wasn’t concerned what people thought about him, if they knew how intelligent he was or how great of a career he had. If Sam were able to leave one piece of advice for those of us still serving our Lord on Earth, we can be sure it would be the advice he was most often heard giving: “Find out what God wants you to do, and do it.” To Sam Logan, that was the only thing that mattered.
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