Samuel John Sackett, Ph.D.
Dr. Samuel Sackett was born in Redlands, California in 1928. He received his A.B. for the University of Redlands in 1948 and his A.M. from the same institution in 1949. He taught English and journalism at Hastings College, Nebraska, 1949-1951. After attending the University of California in Los Angles, he received his Ph.D in English in 1956. He served as professor of English at Fort Hays State University, for 23 years. After leaving Fort Hays State, Dr. Sackett was a freelance writer and newspaper reporter. In 1980, he moved to Oklahoma where he was the Director of Creative Services for an advertising agency in Weatherford. It was here that he married his wife, a native of Thailand, Suwapee, (Susie), Sackett. After marriage, Dr. Sackett joined a career management firm in Oklahoma City as a Senior Associate; next became Vice President of another Oklahoma City career management company; and finally Vice President of the Oklahoma City office of Bernard Haldane Associates, the oldest and largest career management firm in the United States. While living in Oklahoma City Dr. Sackett also taught English and ESL classes at several universities. In 2003, Dr. Sackett, retired to Ayutthaya, Thailand where he spent his time reading, writing, listening to music, watching motion pictures, and teaching English. In 2009, returned to the United States to live in rural Canton, Oklahoma. Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Sackett completed numerous novels and short stories. Some of his most noted novels are: Adolf Hitler in Oz, Sweet Betsy of Pike, The Robin Hood Chronicles, Huckleberry Finn Grows Up, and Rabbi Yeshua. His short stories were collected in: Through Farang Eyes, Snapshots of Thailand, and The Chamberlain Stories. Dr. Sackett is survived by his wife of 37 years Suwapee, (Susie), Sackett; Two sons, Robert Sackett of Colorado Springs, Colorado. John Sackett of Denver, Colorado ; Two step-sons, Alan Robinett of Canton, Oklahoma and Michael Robinett of Enid, Oklahoma; twelve grandchildren, Simone, Robert, Elsa, Eve, Ezra, Alex, Ana, Andrea, Brooklyn, Erin, Journey and Zoe; and three great grandchildren . Services under the direction of Demuth Funeral Home, Cremation Society of Oklahoma, OKC, OK. 73114.