Sam Barajas beloved by all who knew him. Samuel was "Sam’s” given name , but known to his family as “Harpy.” He loved the Lord and was a beloved son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew and friend to all who knew him. His sense of humor made all those around him smile. His legacy and influence didn’t come to an end with his death. He passed quickly and unexpectedly on September 7, 2021, at the age of 43 in Portland, Oregon.
Sam was born in El Paso, Texas in 1978 to Manuel Jesus and Mariaelena Barajas. He attended Rio Lindo Academy during his first two years of high school and graduated high school from Ozark Adventist Academy in 1998. He later went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree in social work at Southwestern Adventist University in 2002. After 5 years of working as a social worker in Phoenix, Arizona, he went back to school to complete a Master’s degree in Social Work with an emphasis in administration. He graduated from Arizona State University in 2007.
Sam’s passion was helping others. In 2014 left his position his position at Magellan where he was the General Mental Health/Substance Abuse Program Coordinator, to accept a promotion and moved to Portland, Oregon. He last position was with Providence Health Plan: A Division of Providence St. Joseph where he was responsible for leading the build of the entire behavioral health network for Providence with a team of 6 that he oversaw. He was a talented artist, music composer and guitarist. He enjoyed being a praise and worship leader as well as being the lead guitarist for many aspiring musicians and bands.
The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Sam. He loved to laugh, spend time with his family, travel, play sports: biking, scuba diving and spend quiet evenings with friends.
His pleasant personality was contagious to everyone he met. Sam is survived by his mother Mariaelena, his sister Vickie, his brothers Manny, Dan, João and many aunts, uncles, cousins, his two nieces Kaley and Neena, nephew Alex and all his friends that loved him.