Samuel James "Sam" Munn

February 11, 1938 - January 14, 2020
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Samuel “Sam” James Munn, born February 11, 1938 in Houston, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020. He is survived by his wife Jane Taylor Johnson, step-children: Daniel Johnson and wife Sarah, Dana Johnson Garden and husband Bill, and Janna Johnson Garza, and his four grandchildren Madison and Macey Frers, and Jonah and Clark Johnson. He was preceded in death by his mother Helen Nichols Munn and his father Captain James William (JW) Munn. His birth in Houston was pure happenstance when his mother when into labor while attending The Annunciation Catholic Church to hear her Uncle, Father Anton Frank, deliver mass that day. By all other measures, however, Sam was “BOI” (Born on the Island) … a true Galveston native in body, mind, and spirit.

Sam attended Sacred Heart Catholic School, Ball High School and Kirwan High School, but left school early to help support his mother after his father’s passing in 1950. He joined the Naval Reserves at 17, and he was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Sam’s mother passed away following a devastating house fire at their home in Galveston’s Silk-Stocking District on 24th and M Street in the early 1960’s. During the ensuing years, Sam held various jobs and ultimately signed on in 1967 as a Machinist’s journeyman at Union Carbide, where he worked until his retirement in 2001.

There was never any mystery about Sam’s passions. The things and people he loved had his full attention and enthusiasm: Labor Unions, Democratic Politics, motorcycles, and his beloved Galveston Island. Among other Union memberships, Sam was a member of The Machinists Union Local, and he served as the Steward of his Machinist Union and on the National Machinists Planning Committee. He was also President of the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League (MNPL), Vice-President of the Texas AFL-CIO, President of the Galveston County Central Labor Council and of the Texas City Metal Trades.  Throughout his life, he was also a loyal Texas Democrat. He served as his local Precinct Chair, was a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee (SDEC), and attended two Democratic National Conventions as a delegate in 1992 and 1996.

Sam started riding motorcycles when he was twelve years old. In the early 1970’s, he purchased his first BMW motorcycle. From that day forward, he became an exclusive BMW rider, enthusiast, and active member of the BMW Motorcycle Owner’s Association. He owned Galveston Cycle and Accessories, a BMW vintage motorcycle repair shop for over thirty years. For many years, he and his wife, Jane, traveled across the country on BMW touring bikes to attend BMW National Rallies where they served as vendor chairs for seventeen years.

Sam loved Galveston Island, and relished his family’s deep history of living there. He was a descendent of Edward Quirk, one of the first pioneers from Ireland to settle in Galveston and a Republic of Texas Veteran. Sam’s father, Captain JW Munn, was a commercial fisherman and a captain, who instilled a love for boats and sailing in his young son. Sam lived on the Island during its heyday and was a walking encyclopedia of Galveston history. He told amazing stories of happenings and goings on in the back room of the Balinese Room and more than a couple of stories about outrunning the police both in fast cars and on fast motorcycles. He also appreciated the finer things: (in no particular order) rum and coke, a good margarita, beef fajitas, cheese enchiladas, very crispy bacon, a sunny side up fried egg. And last but not least, Sam always enjoyed a good crab cake and the bread pudding from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Sam especially adored his grandkids, and relished being their Papa. As he did with his stepson, he helped his grandsons build championship Boy Scout Pinewood Derby cars. He also loved visits from his granddaughters in the summer and showing them around Galveston. He worked tirelessly for causes he believed in, stood up for fairness in the workplace, always fought the good fight, and spent most of his life trying to make life better for those around him. He was a good man.

Services will be held Friday January 17, 2020 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home at 3028 Broadway, Galveston, Texas. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am, followed by funeral service at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (https://www.lbda.org/ways_to_give).

 

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Date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

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3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Friday, January 17, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Malloy & Son Funeral Home

Address:

3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA)

Phone: 404-549-4254

912 Killian Hill Road SW
Lilburn, Georgia 30047
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Born: February 11, 1938
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Dollye Scruggs posted on 1/17/20

I'm ever so grateful for how kind and patient Sam was to me when I was growing up without a father. He was very intelligent, a great photographer, and could repair anything. I have fond memories of seeing him at the Stewart Beach Skating Rink when we were young.

 

Michelle Garden posted on 1/17/20

We are so sorry for your loss! We are sending lots of love your way! Love, Kevin, Michelle, Andrew, Steven and Luke Garden

 

Byron and Kia Williams posted on 1/16/20

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted - Matthew 5:4 Please accept our deepest condolences regarding your beloved Sam. We were saddened to hear of your loss and are sorry for the sorrow that you are experiencing. May you find solace in the wonderful memories, experiences and faith that you share as a family. We send both our love and our prayers.

 

Susan and Jim Johnston posted on 1/16/20

Sam will be missed . He was such a gracious and giving gentleman. Jane I have such fond and grateful memories of the hospitality you and Sam afforded us after Hurricane Ike. My condolences and love to you and your family.

 

Anita Cooper posted on 1/16/20

Sam will be missed in the Gulf Parkinson's Source group. He was an integral part of this support group. He always had kind words and a great sense of humor. He and my late husband, Charles, enjoyed visiting and discussing Galveston history and military subjects.

 

Ann Charness posted on 1/16/20

Jane and family My deepest sympathy to you all. Right now you are feeling intense grief but with time I know you will be comforted by the memories of the happy times you spent with Sam.

 

Preston D'Albergo posted on 1/16/20

Sam was a good man! He knew the BMW! He helped me build my BMW! Rest well my friend! Prayers go out to the family. Preston D'Albergo

 

Janet Hart posted on 1/16/20

RIP Sam Munn.

 

Connie Neill posted on 1/15/20

My prayers for you and your family Jane. I know the grief you will endure and I pray for God's love to surround you during this difficult time.

 

Tracy taylor huffman posted on 1/15/20

Thinking of you dear people during this difficult time. I hope you all can find comfort in how Sam lived his life. Certainly here was a man who loved his family and community- the world needs more men like this. God bless each of you. Especially you, Mrs. Johnson as you move through this time. Much love and affection - Tracy Taylor Huffman and family

 

Sylvia Murphree Walker posted on 1/15/20

In memory of Samuel James "Sam" Munn, Sylvia Murphree Walker lit a candle

 

Patty Gray posted on 1/15/20

Sam will be remembered by many, especially those of us he helped to succeed in our careers. A good man, a good friend...years of wonderful memories help, but they do not replace the man.

 

Hareold Augustus posted on 1/15/20

I remember Sam as one of the good guys that I had the pleasure of working with for many years. He always welcomed me when I dropped in at his BMW shop across the street from UCC. I still shiver when I thinko0f the cold and even rainy days when he rode his BMW to work from Galveston to T.C. I will miss his unbias friendship.

 

John E. Broughton, Jr. posted on 1/15/20

So sorry for your loss. our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I have known Sam for many years. many a night we skated together at the old skating rink on Steward Beach in Galveston. he will be missed..

 

Nancy and Denny Noh posted on 1/15/20

We loved the time God arranged for us to know Sam. We absolutely loved the talks at family gatherings. We’ll miss him. So sorry for the family’s loss. May God lay His hand of Peace on each of you.

 

Rod morgan posted on 1/15/20

Work with Sam for many years at carbide. Worked him in union business for years. Avery nice guy.sending my prayers

 

Willie Holmes posted on 1/15/20

In memory of Samuel James "Sam" Munn, Willie Holmes lit a candle

 

Danny Jones posted on 1/15/20

Rest In Peace SAM.

 

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