Sam Lindgren was born and raised in Southern Utah. His mother was a school teacher and his father a professional artist. After graduating high school, he wanted to pursue a career as an illustrator / graphic artist and attended classes at Utah Valley University where he earned an Associate's degree in the graphic arts. He worked for several companies designing sales brochures, product labels, and catalogues, but found that the work limited creative expression. Consequently, he went back to school, this time at the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor's degree in English and a teaching certificate.