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Sam Bailin, ID Trailblazer, Dies



Bailin, well known in the foodservice distribution industry, was a member of the ID Editorial Advisory Board, a 1989 ID Trailblazer laureate, and ID Boardroom columnist.

He was born July 20, 1930, in South Bend, IN. After graduating early from Howe Military Academy, he attended UCLA at the age of 16. He was the youngest on the football team, and played in a Rose Bowl game his freshman year.

In 1949 Bailin married his sweetheart, Lois Gail Hamman. They had four children, Debbie Kemmerling, Randy Sr. (deceased), Mark and Kevin.

Bailin had a major impact on the foodservice distribution industry over the past half century. He began at his own company, Redi-Froz, Inc. in South Bend, and continued his passion as a respected consultant working for major food companies. In the 2000, he was inducted into the Frozen Food Hall of Fame.

While dedicated to the foodservice industry, Bailin was also devoted to his family. In addition to Lois and his children, Sam is survived by 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The memorial service was held on Monday, Sept. 22, at Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Mesa, AZ.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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