Kalispell International Folk Dancers

Samuel "Sam" J. Martinez III

Samuel “Sam“ J. Martinez III of Helena, died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. He was born Dec. 24, 1952, in Tulsa, Okla., to parents Samuel J. Jr. and Alice L. Rausch.

He was preceded in death by his father.

He married Theresa Schuller on April 26, 1986; they were divorced in March 2008.

Survivors include his son, Joseph W. Martinez of Helena; mother, Alice L. Martinez of Tulsa; brothers, Robert L. Martinez of Chicago, David Martinez (Darlene) and Charles Martinez, both of Tulsa; sister, Luzetta (Lucy) Ennis of Athens, Ala.; nieces and nephews.

Sam was active in Boy Scouts, amateur radio, folk dancing, caving and bat research, and his church, First Church of Christ Scientist. His passion was Yellowstone National Park and the geysers.

A memorial service and potluck was held on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 at 5 p.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church.


Tribute to Sam

I first met Sam at Steam and Stomp 2002. At that time I brought my video camera and let it run, recording up to 6 hours of all the dances done at the dance party. As the night went on, the place would thin out, and by 1 am very few were left. I was amazed at all of the dances Sam could remember. Sam would continue to dance. Many, but not all, of the dances listed below are from the wee hours. It is my intention to over time add links to YouTube of these dances.

  • Acano Mlada Nevesto -Macedonia
  • Aino Kchume - Assyria
  • Arcanul -Romania
  • Austrian Drjesteirer -Austria
  • Avrameanca - Moldavia, Romania
  • Azul Cielo -Mexico
  • Balta -Romania
  • Barbatesc din Ieud -Romania
  • Briul de la Fagaras -Romania
  • Briuletul -Romania
  • Bunjevacko Momacko Kolo -Croatia
  • Cekurjankino Horo -Bulgaria
  • Daronee Yerker Yev Barer -Armenia Azgagragan
  • Debka Ud -Israel
  • Dospatsko Horo -Bulgaria
  • Familie Sekstur -Denmark
  • Flying Dutchman Polka -?
  • Gavotte d'Honneur -Brittany
  • Godecki Cacak -Serbia
  • Hora Habik'a -Israel
  • Iste Hendek -Turkey
  • Jo Jon -Armenia
  • Mach -Poland
  • Magyar Verbunk -Hungary
  • Makedonikos Horos -Macedonia/Greek
  • Maloj Mome -Macedonia
  • Mihanikos -Greek
  • Mindrele - Romania
  • Misirlou - Greek American
  • Miteritsa -Greek
  • Novo Zagorsko -Bulgaria
  • Oberek Na Lewo -Poland
  • Oberek -Poland
  • Od Lo Ahaovti Dai -Israel
  • Olahos - Hungary
  • Padushko - Bulgaria
  • Pasarelska -Bulgaria
  • Rumunjsko Kolo -Serbia
  • Salcioara -Romania
  • Schioapa- Romania
  • Sedi Donka -Bulgaria
  • Serba din Cimpoi -Romania
  • Serba din Slatina -Romania
  • Serba Pe Hop -Romanian/American
  • Sirba din Cimpoi -Romania
  • Sirba din Slatina -Romania
  • Sirba pe Loc -Romania
  • Somogyi Kanasztanc -Hungary
  • Song of Joy (Hasapiko)-Greek
  • Staro Vranjanka -Macedonia
  • Strumicka Petorka -Macedonia
  • Tarina de la Abrud -Romania
  • Trei Pazeste Batrinesc -Oltenia, Romania
  • Trei Pazeste De La Bistret -Oltenia, Romania
  • Village Chetvorno -Bulgaria
  • Zillertaler Landler -Austria

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