FAIRFIELD — Willem Maarten Samsom, 75, passed away at the McClure Miller VNA Respite House in Colchester on Jan. 23, 2017. He was surrounded by his sons, Bart and Martijn.
Maarten was born in Alphen aan de Rijn, The Netherlands, in 1941 to Maria and Jan Samsom.
Maarten attended primary and secondary school in The Netherlands and graduated with a M.S. in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Wageningen.
He married Margot Elisabeth Tappenbeck in October of 1966. Two years later their son, Bart, was born and in 1970 their second son, Martijn.
In 1979, the family immigrated to the United States settling in Lincoln, Vermont where Maarten wanted to pursue his dream of being a farmer. In 1984, Margot passed away and Maarten moved with his sons to Essex Junction. After re-marrying in 1988, he lived in New Mexico for a number of years before returning to Vermont in 1997 to adopt a son. Soon there after, Maarten divorced his second wife.
In the years following, Maarten became a certified organic inspector and later added biodynamic, fair-trade, food safety and non-GMO credentials. Maarten was very passionate about organic farming and food processing methods, and was active as an inspector in those fields up until a few months ago. Maarten was a tremendous advocate for organic farming practices and deeply committed to supporting local farmers.
He moved to Fairfield in 2007 because of his love for the local area and community and considered it his true home.
Maarten was engaged in many activities besides his work and loved to cook and take his canoe out on Green River Reservoir any chance he got.
Maarten is survived by his three sons, Bart, Martijn and Chama.
Service will be held at the Fairfield Meeting House on Jan. 28, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Condolences can be mailed to the Samsom Family, 2566 Pumpkin Village Road, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450