Obituary: Samuel Chournos


Samuel Chournos, 1931-2017

Samuel N. Chournos, died on Nov. 19, 2017. He was born Nov. 23, 1931, to Nicholas and Dorothy Chournos in Tremonton, Utah.

Chournos spent his life between his Tremonton home, where he attended Bear River High School, and his beautiful sheep ranch at Monte Cristo, Utah. He married the love of his life, Janice R. Roche on March 31, 1950.

He took over his first herd of sheep from his father Nick in 1965. He put his whole life into improving and expanding the business he loved, eventually organizing a partnership with his sons, Steve and Dan.

Chournos was very active in his community and the LDS church. He served as president of the Utah Wool Growers, receiving Sheepman of the year in 1980, and the Utah Wool Growers Distinguished Service Award in 2007. Chournos also served as wool council chairman for the American Sheep Producers Council.

He is survived by his wife Janice and his six children: Steven R. Chournos (Chris), Daniel S. Chournos (Debbie), Paulette Wise (Kelly), Bart K. Chournos (Peggy), Michael Chournos (Dorothy), Sami Chadaz (Marc); 35 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

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