Samuel Mark Aanestad (July 16, 1946 – May 6, 2018) was an American physician, surgeon, and politician. A Republican, he served in the California State Assembly from the 3rd District from 1998 to 2002 and a member of the California State Senate from the 4th district from 2002 to 2010.
Senator Aanestad was a practicing dentist in Grass Valley, and served as the Vice-Chief of Surgery at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. He served three terms on the California Dental Association Council on Legislation, including three years as chairman, and he served two terms as president of the Butte-Sierra District Dental Society. He was also a member of the California and American Dental Association.
Aanestad served 11 years on the Grass Valley School District Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Grass Valley, a youth soccer, football, and baseball coach, and as a member of the KNCO radio broadcast team for Nevada Union High School football.
Former local Assemblyman Dan Logue commented." When I read about the passing of Senator Sam Aanestad I was shocked and saddened. I had the honor to serve with him at the state capitol.
Sam was a man of great courage and integrity who cared and loved his country .
He was always guided by common sense and a high sense of duty to the people of ca
He will surely be missed!
Sam was born July 16, 1946 in Bismarck, North Dakota. He is survived by his wife Susan and three children.