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Sam Edward McGough
December 5, 1944 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Samuel Edward McGough, 79 of Kalispell, passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 21, 2023. He was born on Dec. 5, 1944, in Kansas, Alabama; but his mother and four siblings moved to Phoenix, Arizona, when he was ten years old. He graduated from Mesa High School in 1963, where he was a track and field state record holder for the mile, which earned him a spot on the Mesa Arizona Hall of Fame, which he held the record for many years. He married Donna J. McGough on June 30, 1965. He was a skilled heavy equipment operator which later led him to develop an Adobe block machine that turned mud into bricks under high pressure; along with an onsite concrete machine he used to build homes for people in need. He even invented a furnace, which was the first of it is time to incorporate an electric fan to distribute the heat, clearly, he was a talented engineer. After gaining experience at a gold mine, he became an entrepreneur in the jewelry business, creating Tomahawk Trading Company, where he had multiple factories and multiple jewelry stores. In 1980 Sam and Donna bought a cabin and property in Whitefish, Montana, and moved to Whitefish fulltime in 1986 with their family. Sam and Donna opened Tomahawk Trading Company in the Flathead Valley, now known as McGough & Co, and retired after over 30 years and kept the store in the family. He never met a stranger and was the king of greeting you with a “one liner.” He had the biggest heart and was always eager and happy to help everyone. He will be greatly missed, but his love, kindness, and humor will live on through his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Donna McGough; his daughters; and his grandchildren. Sam's service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, at Easthaven Baptist Church in Kalispell. Please join us to celebrate the life of this amazing man. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in Sam McGough’s name as he felt very strongly about this organization.