Sam G. Lockney, 84, of Yucaipa, passed away on Nov. 15, 2019, at home surrounded by family.
Sam was born May 14, 1935, in Fayetteville, Alaska, the son of late Mary Caughy. He was the eldest son of four siblings. On Aug. 9, 1986, he married Claire Dillard, who survives.
Sam graduated from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N. M. In his younger years, Sam enjoyed many sports including, baseball, football, boxing and bowling.
He served in the U.S. Army stationed in Nuremberg, Germany in the 1950s. Sam was a golden glove boxer while serving. After his discharge, he started his 31-year teaching career where he retired in 1991 as principal of Eric Birch High in Fontana. Sam served 33 years as a member of the San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Department Mounted Enforcement Unit with search and rescue, retiring in 2004. After retirement, Sam enjoyed fishing, gardening, and slow-pitch softball up until the age of 82.
Sam was preceded in death by his three siblings, Lola Little, Jeanie Aragon, and Charlie Dillard.
He is survived by his wife Claire Lockney, son Kirk Lockney; son and daughter in law Brian and Becky (Duncan Allen) Lockney. Claire and Scott Dillard all of Yucaipa.
Services are pending.