Longtime Moab resident, Earl Deloy Shumway, 86, passed away on August 13, 2012 in Grand Junction, CO.
He was born on February 24, 1926 to Seth and Vivian Stevens Shumway, the fourth child of twelve; and raised in Blanding, UT.
Deloy married Belva Walker of Blanding, UT. They later divorced. He married Juanita Joy Winder of Moab, UT. They have a son – Jeff Atwood.; and were later divorced.
In 1954, Deloy married Inez Elmina Black Walker. Inez had two children from a previous marriage, Kathleen, and Kerry. Deloy and Inez had six children together - Susan, Earl, Reagan, Rhonda, Bradley, and Eric.
Deloy was gifted with athletic and musical talent; he played several instruments, and had a beautiful singing voice. He went to college on a music scholarship; and then served in the Army Air Corps as an “Open Air” tail gunner on fighter planes during WWII.
While in the service, he was a Golden Gloves boxer, and excelled at any sport he tried. He played basketball, softball, horseshoes; was a golfer, and an avid bowler with a 255 average.
Dad began shooting pool while in the military, and became so good at it that shooters came from all over to try to win. It didn’t happen often, and he still held an amazing stick up until the day he was hospitalized. Even in his 80s, he still ranked high in the state billiard championship standings.
Deloy worked with his brothers, cousins, and close friends in the mining industry in southern Utah for much of his life. He had several inventions and was well known throughout the industry and area as one of the most knowledgeable geologists anywhere.
Deloy physically walked over almost every foot of San Juan, and Grand counties in Utah; and many in Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada, as well. If there was a good rock or mineral vein; he could tell you where it was.
Deloy was an extremely intelligent, generous and kind-hearted man with a wonderful sense of humor. He loved shooting pool, throwing horseshoes, dancing, music, and walking out in the hills.
Deloy is survived by Kathleen Stubbs, Kerry Shumway (Marsha), Rhonda Redington of Moab, Reagan (Ursula) Shumway of Blanding, Susan Shumway of Salt Lake, Jeff (Barbara) Atwood of Lehi, UT; 18 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren, sisters Ila (Kay) Johnson, Clea S. Johnson, Vivian Joy Holliday, Iva Loo Perkins, and brother Eugene (Kathryn) Shumway; sisters-in-law Shirley Shumway, Patsy Shumway, and Cloe Ann Shumway, all of Blanding, and brother-in-law Lyman (Daisy Mae) Black of Cortez, CO.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Inez, sons Earl K., Bradley Kyle, and Eric Steele, two grandchildren, brothers Merwin Shumway, Burdette Shumway, Glen Shumway, Kenneth Shumway, sister Dorothy Shumway, and sisters-in-law Cassie Shumway and Erva Shumway.
Deloy was a unique person who will be missed by his many friends and family. We love you, dad.