Samuel T. Lawmaster, also known by his stage name of "Sammy Masters",
passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, March 8 in Orange at the age of 82.
He was a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Born in Sasakwa, Oklahoma on July 18, 1930,
Sam moved to L.A. and became a fixture in the country western and
rockabilly music scene of Southern California from the 1950's through the next five
He wrote songs that were recorded by Pasty Cline, Bobby Darin and Wayne Newton,
and wrote the famous "Go See Cal" jingle for Worthington Dodge.
He appeared on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand", and hosted
his own TV music variety shows in L.A. in the 1960's, featuring guests such
as Johnny Cash and Glen Campbell.
He also was an accomplished soil engineer for the County of Orange, and will be
greatly missed by all for his since of humor, hard work, and tender devotion to
his beloved wife and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his 3 brothers and 2 sisters, and is
survived by his wife, Maria; 6 children, 19 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren
and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Funeral Mass, Monday March 18, 10:00 a.m. at St. Norbert Catholic Church.
Interment to follow reception at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery. Shannon Bryan Mortuary.
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