Kenton L. Sams

Kenton L. Sams

1959 – 2023

It is with great sadness the Sams’ family announces the death of Kenton Lee Sams on September 5th, 2023, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Kent was born in Perry, Oklahoma on July 14th, 1959, to Walt and Jo Ellen Sams. As a child, Kent moved to Lucien, Oklahoma. He graduated from Covington Douglas High School in 1977 before attending Oklahoma State University and graduating with a degree in engineering in 1985.

After graduation, he began a 30+ year career in the oil and gas industry. He worked for XTO Energy for more than 20 years, retiring as a Drilling Manager in 2019.

Kent met the love of his life, Nora, while working at Louis Dreyfus Natural Gas. It was love at first sight. Kent and Nora married on July 10, 1993, just recently celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary.

Throughout the years, Kent enjoyed hunting, traveling, anything near or on the water such as fishing, boating, scuba diving, and spending time with his family. In recent years, he loved to spend time at Grand Lake with family and friends and never missed an opportunity to enjoy a Grand Lake sunset.

Greeting him in heaven are his grandparents and father, Walt Sams.

He will be forever missed by his wife, Nora Sams; son Marcus Sams; daughter Codie Bussard; granddaughters Madison Bussard and Michel Anne Bussard; his mother Jo Ellen Sams; brother Jeff Sams and life partner Claudia Angevine; numerous nephews and nieces; and countless friends.

A “Celebration of Life Service” will be held on Tuesday, September 26th, at 1pm at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Oklahoma City. Please consider donating to HeartLine Oklahoma in Kent’s memory to help other Oklahomans in need. To live stream the service please use the following link St. Luke’s Methodist Church (

10 thoughts on “Kenton L. Sams”

  1. Wirt and Jeanie McKee

    We are saddened by the news of Kent’s death and the deep loss of your family. Prayers for each of you as you navigate the next difficult months.

    Wirt and Jeanie McKee

  2. Geri Eggers Ayers

    This is so surreal…it seems as if I were just looking at sunsets on Grand Lake that he had just posted. May you find comfort that surpasses all understanding during this journey of grief. We will be praying for your family.

  3. Kent will be missed deeply. His love for the outdoors. nature and sunsets was intoxicating. RIP Kent, keep those sunsets coming. Many prayers and hugs to the family and those who admired him.

  4. Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this most difficult time and in the days ahead.

  5. Joanne E Stecker

    We are completely shocked. Our deepest condolences to all of you. Our prayers for comfort and strength are with all of you.

  6. Carol King Stiffler

    Nora, I’m so sorry for your loss. Ever since I found you on Facebook I’ve followed you and have been so happy you were happy. I’ve loved the pictures of you and your husband. As a child you were one of my best friends and always in my heart. Now you are even more in my heart…..

  7. Melissa Thompson

    Nora (and Marcus),
    We were deeply saddened to hear of Kent’s untimely passing. We have such fond memories of you all as our boys were growing up. You are remaining in our prayers.

    Much Love,

    Melissa and David Thompson

  8. We are extremely saddened by your loss. A really nice guy taken way too soon. We will keep you in our prayers.

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