Carl Donald Sampson

Died: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017


Gathering of Family and Friends

7:00 AM to 7:00 AM, Thu., Nov. 16, 2017
Location: - Not available -


Washat Services

7:00 PM Fri., Nov. 17, 2017
Location: Agency Longhouse


Sunrise Burial

7:00 AM Sat., Nov. 18, 2017
Location: Agency Cemetery


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Walla Walla Chief Carl Donald Sampson

Carl Sampson, also known as Peo Peo Mox Mox (Yellowbird) and was the hereditary Chief of the Walla Walla Tribe - passed away on November 15, 2017 in Pendleton, Oregon. Carl was born on August 19, 1933 at Tutuilla Flats on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Oregon. His parents were John and Carrie Abraham Sampson. He was married to Marian “Arleta” Sampson for 65 years and for the past many years were recognized as the longest married couple in the Pendleton Round Up Indian Village.

Carl attended Pendleton High School and Chemawa Indian School in Salem. He served for many years on the Umatilla Tribe’s Board of Trustees and as the Chairman of the General Council. He was the Umatilla Tribe’s first Tribal Housing Manager, served on the Tribal Health Commission, Portland Area Indian Health Board, Umatilla Fish and Wildlife Committee, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations, Hanford Advisory Board, and National Congress of American Indians. He also served in the United States Air Force.

He was a strong advocate, spokesman, and activist for protecting and honoring the Tribe’s 1855 treaty with the United States, protecting “Mother Earth” from environmental degradation and pollution, and promoting the Tribes cultural pride and educated many about Native people. He helped carry on the cultural traditions and ceremonies like the Mother’s Day root feast, huckleberry feasts, memorials, namings, funerals, and first food ceremonies for his people. He and his wife Arleta were big supporters of the Nixyaawii Community School and always were there to watch their children, grandchildren, and great-grand children in sports. He was a well know portrait artist and painter, making native drums, tribal regalia, and painting teepees. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, digging roots, picking huckleberries, and traditional dancing at pow wows with his family. As a young man he fished at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River.  Over the many years, Carl and Arleta helped take care of over 30 of their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and family members who needed their help.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Clifford Sampson, Thomas Sampson, Pete Sampson, Darrel “Bozo” Baptiste, and son Curtis Sampson.

He is survived by his wife Arleta, daughters Cathy Sampson-Kruse, Sandy and Linda Sampson, son Don Sampson, his sisters Linnea Ganuelas, Bonnie Moffet, and Eloise Baptiste. He loved all of his 32 grand-children, 28 great grand-children, and 1 great great grand-child. He had many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and family from the Umatilla Tribe, as well as Yakama, Warm Springs, Nez Perce, Spokane, and Colville Tribes.

On Thursday, November 16th at 7pm there was a service in a long tent at the family home of Don Sampson (71790 S Market Rd., Pendleton OR)

On Friday, November 17 at 7pm there will be a Seven Drum Washaat Service at the Mission Longhouse.

On Saturday, November 18th at 7am there will be a sunrise service at the Mission Longhouse, followed by burial at Old Agency Cemetery in Mission. At noon a dinner and giveaway will follow at the Mission Longhouse. 

For more information contact Sandy Sampson at 541-429-2601

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Patricia Hansen Ahern
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
Dear Arleta and family..I was so saddened to read of Carl's passing today...YOu two were married longer than some people even live ...I still remember the day you two married and you came to see me and you were so happy and excited..You and Carl have been through so much together and have achieved so much and you raised a family to be proud of ...I have thought of you so many times over the years and remember fondly our school times together...I send you and your family my love and sympathy dear one...Patricia Hansen Ahern

Bill and Carla Timentwa
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
Our sincere condolences on the loss of a great leader and father, grandfather and patriarch for the Walla Walla people. His gentle yet determined way of life serves as an inspiration to many.

Joseph & Patricia Maier
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
To the great family of Chief Sampson & Arleta. We loved being able to see both of you at sporting events as you followed Tyson and Dylan. Your respect for all people was easily visible through your warmth and friendliness toward all. Our prayers are with your family.

Joseph & Patricia Maier
   Posted Fri November 17, 2017
To the great family of Chief Sampson & Arleta. We loved being able to see both of you at sporting events as you followed Tyson and Dylan. Your respect for all people was easily visible through your warmth and friendliness toward all. Our prayers are with your family.

Ben Jemes
   Posted Sun November 19, 2017
My son and I worked in pea harvest with Carl one season a few decades ago. Carl was a man that got things done and had fun besides. He would be eager to get something done and with my rural southern Missouri accent I would say something on the order of "Hold your tater" until we figure out how to do this. That amused Carl and from then on I was "Hold your tater" and my son was "Little tater". It amused all three of us. I am sorry for your loss. Carl was a delightful, wonderful man. It was a pleasure and very special for us to get to spend that summer working with him.

Tracie Roberts Broyles
   Posted Mon November 20, 2017
Cathy so sorry for your loss. Looking back so many happy memories when you lived in Echo. God Bless
Tracie

Don and Mary Beth Motanic
   Posted Fri December 15, 2017
Don and family,

Sorry for your family's loss. I'll pass on the story for you to carry on that my father told me.

Take Care.

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