On November 9, 2014, DeWayne J Shumway concluded his mortal journey as he wished, at home with his wife Judy at his side.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at the Blanding LDS Stake Center followed by interment at the Blanding City Cemetery.
DeWayne was born in his parent’s home in Blanding, UT, on June 5, 1937. He was the fifth of eight children born to Jesse Glen and Eva Lyman Shumway.
DeWayne attended Blanding schools, graduating from LDS Seminary in May, 1954 and from San Juan High School in May, 1955.
He began his university education in 1955 at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT and served honorably in the Helsinki Finland Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1957 to 1960.
DeWayne met Judy Mae Core while attending BYU, and they were married in the Manti Utah LDS Temple on February 8, 1961.
DeWayne graduated from BYU in 1965 with a degree in Drafting and Design Engineering and minors in Industrial Arts and Psychology.
DeWayne and Judy made their home in Colorado for 13 years while he was employed with Dixsons, Inc. in Grand Junction.
The family moved to Greybull, WY in 1980 where DeWayne worked and eventually owned two NAPA Auto Parts stores.
During his years in Colorado and Wyoming, DeWayne served faithfully in various church callings in the LDS Seminary program, Bishop and counselor, stake clerk and with the Boy Scouts of America program.
In 1994, DeWayne sold the auto parts stores and fulfilled a life-long dream by building a beautiful log home on land outside Blanding, UT, on Johnson Creek. He also worked for Recapture Metals and the Dinosaur Museum.
He served as a Stake High Councilor and particularly enjoyed the assignment to serve the Montezuma Creek Branch. DeWayne also served as an ordinance worker at the Monticello Utah Temple for 13 years.
He was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2006 but was able to serve and work for many years in good health.
Throughout his life, DeWayne was hard working, willing to take on a variety of jobs to provide for himself and his family.
He also greatly enjoyed being outdoors and finding adventures in the wild with friends and family. His love of hiking through the vast outdoors, as well as playing sports like volleyball and basketball, kept him in good health for most of his life.
When family or friends came to visit, DeWayne was always happy to take people on hikes throughout the canyon or drive to other scenic areas of the land he loved so much.
He also enjoyed building models and had both patience and an eye for detail that served him well in his chosen vocation as a drafting and design engineer, as well as a woodworker and craftsman.
His largest projects as a master craftsman were two log homes he built, one in Colorado for Doug and Geraldine Brady, as well as the family home in Blanding, but many have been gifted with handmade furniture or other treasures over the years.
In all the challenging circumstance of his life, DeWayne testified that he knew that God was watching over him and providing a way for him to accomplish what he needed to do in his life. He had absolute and unwavering faith in God’s plan for him and that was evident in every aspect of his life.
DeWayne is survived by his wife Judy Mae Core and nine children: Kerry (Ann) Shumway, Julie (Randy) Lee, Todd (Audra) Shumway, Jared (Janet) Shumway, Nathan (Kim) Shumway, Janille (Matt) Stearmer, Doug (Lindsey) Shumway, JoLyn (Carl) Hughes and Brittony (Paul) Shean; and 32 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, J. Glen and Eva Shumway; brothers Kerry, Charles, and Dayne; daughter Jacquelyn; daughter-in-law Heide; and granddaughter Katelyn.
Card of thanks
The family would like to thank all the family and friends who gave so much comfort through phone calls and visits, cards, flowers, food and donations.
Thank you to our medical support system: Dr. Val Jones and our nurses Katie, Brittney, and Jennifer; Dr. Joel Bechtel; the wonderful staff at Four Corners Health Care, Mountain West Medical, and Rocky Mountain Care.
Also, thank you Bishop Alon Pugh and the Blanding Second Ward Relief Society for your loving service.