Samuel John Cant
Krystah Carlisle

It is with great sadness that the family of Samuel John Cant announces his untimely passing on September 28, 2017 at the age of 29. He leaves behind his father and step-mother, John Cant and Robin McKee-Cant; grandmother, Judy Acton; aunts and uncles, Nanci Parnell, Wayne Acton, Steve Acton, Vicki Melucci, Elaine Ninkovich, Mark Ninkovich, Loraine Acton, Sherril Acton, and Tony Melucci; and cousins, Kevin Ninkovich, Amanda Ninkovich, Lindsey Parnell, Michael Parnell, Cameron Vicencio, Ted Acton, and Ashley Acton. He is predeceased by his mother, Kim Acton-Cant; grandparents Howard Cant, Pearl Cant, and Rollie Acton; and uncle, David Acton. He also left behind the love of his life Cheyenne Engelstad.

Sam entered the world on December 31st 1987; our best New Years Eve celebration yet. He was raised in Rohnert Park and lived there most of his life. He began playing baseball as a young boy, playing competitively through high school and beyond. It was a life-long passion, along with avidly pursuing other outdoor activities like snowboarding and mountain biking. Sam also found great peace and satisfaction fishing. A natural fisherman, he found his way to water as often as possible, and always won the largest fish competition on the family fishing trips.

After a couple of years working locally, and then in Tahoe for a ski resort, he found his passion working in the wine industry. First, in sales for Ledson Winery, then in production for Pahlmeyer and Chalk Hill. He attended wine making classes at Santa Rosa Junior College while working full time. He loved having a hand in making great wine.

After finding his passion for his career, he found love. He met his soulmate in Cheyenne Engelstad nearly three years ago. Together they found a partner in life and love, as well as San Jose Sharks fandom. Each a perfect match for the other, they navigated life’s twists with the sureness of a harmonious pair. Our hearts ache for the love story that ended too soon.

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Sam’s ready charm and broad, welcoming smile won everyone over, from coaches to teachers, friends and family. He had a wise and gentle soul. He cared for others in his life with a patient ear and an eagerness to help. An only child, he grew to be a brother to all who knew him. His passing leaves a giant hole in everyone’s heart.

Our only comfort is that he is now reunited with his loving mother, who he shared a very special bond with.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at the grove at Ledson Winery on Sunday, October 15th between 2-4:30pm. Parking is limited and car pooling or Uber/Lyft are recommended. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the American Lung Association in Sam’s honor. Additional information, and an opportunity to memorialize Sam online, is available at his legacy website,


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