“…his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water…” Psalms 1:2-3
On the stormy morning of September 24, 2006, Sam Ost was sent off with many tears and kisses by his family and ushered into the presence of Jesus, never to be physically limited again by disease or pain. Sam will be remembered as a godly man, and a devoted husband and dad, who loved Jesus with all his heart, and demonstrated that love by caring for people. To have Sam as a friend was to have a true, faithful brother in Christ who would always go “the second mile” to help and encourage.
After being born and raised in the Valley, Sam attended Judson College near Chicago, Illinois, where he majored in Computer Science, played basketball and sang in the choir. Sam’s roomates were always amazed that no matter how late Sam got to the room at night, he would always read his Bible before going to bed. Sam made many lifelong friends at Judson, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science.
After working for a few years in the Chicago area, and spending hundreds of dollars on long distance phone calls to his sweetheart, Linda, Sam returned to the Valley, where he married Linda Garza on June 11, 1988. Soon thereafter, Sam began his own computer software business, “Ost Enterprises”, and developed software for insurance companies, “casas de cambio”, and truck brokers. Many of these companies still use his software today, and some of his software is being used nationwide.
Along the way, God gave Sam and Linda two boys, Joel and Nathan, who Sam loved with all his heart, playing with them for hours in the living room (games such as “piggies in a blanket”) and in the backyard, always with loud laughter. Each night, Sam would read Psalms to the boys in their room as they went to sleep. In 1997, Sam traveled with his brother to a Promise Keepers rally on the Mall in Washington D.C. with over a million other men, and Jim remembers him kneeling on the grass with his face buried in a picture of Linda and his boys, weeping and praying for them.
Sam loved inviting his family over to the house after church, crowding everybody around their little kitchen table, and cooking up his specialty, “chocolate thunder tacos”. When he made them for the church, he called them, “tacos al hijo del pastor.”
One of Sam’s greatest callings was to encourage and minister to teenagers, especially junior high boys. Many evenings were spent playing basketball, lifting weights, and playing his unique brand of “Risk”, always asking about their relationship to Jesus before the evening ended. Sam also joyfully devoted many hours to volunteering with the church youth group, organizing and directing several summer camps and retreats.
Music was important in Sam’s life, and he would play his coronet every Sunday in the church band, even participating in the recording of a church praise album.
About 10 years ago, Sam was diagnosed with the worst kind of MS, and over the years, as his body began to deteriorate, Sam never lost faith in God, and continued to be an example of a faithful and true Christian in the face of suffering. Sam was a godly man and role-model to all who know him and we will miss Sam very much, but we know we will see him again in Heaven, running, smiling, laughing, and, most of all, worshiping Jesus.
Visitation will be held for family and friends from 5 pm to 8 pm, Tuesday, September 26, at Baptist Temple, 2001 Trenton Road, McAllen, Texas.
Funeral services will begin at 10 am on Wednesday, September 27, at Baptist Temple.
Internment will follow at Valley Memorial Cemetary in McAllen. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Rivera Funeral Home.