In memory: CSU student Samnang “Sam” Thary O’Brien

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Editor’s note: Obituary courtesy of Vessey Funeral and Cremation Service and O’Brien’s family.

Samnang Thary O’Brien, known as “Sam” or “Sammy,” passed away at the age of 20 years on July 22. He was a student at Colorado State University, his most recent home after having lived in or visited more than 30 countries in his too-brief life.


He was a great man who loved the outdoors, loved helping people, cared for everyone regardless of anything, and had a smile that could change night to day.

He is survived by his mother, Thary Than; his father, Louis O’Brien; and too many close relatives and friends to count. Every moment he shared with us was a blessing. He will be forever loved and so deeply missed. It simply isn’t fair to lose someone so precious.