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Michael D Shumway

Born: 6/13/1953, Moab, UT
Death: 1/17/2019, Moab, UT
Service: 01/22/2019, 12:00 pm, Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Interment: 01/22/2019, 1:00 p.m., Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery

Michael Dean Shumway, 65 years young, died peacefully at home on January 17, 2019. He was a lifelong resident of Moab, born on June 13, 1953 to Bobby Dean and Wilene K Shumway (Turner). He was married to his best friend, Kelly, for 24 years. They had a bond that most people dream about and they set an example for many. Mike had at least 9 lives. In his youth, he was not the best driver, totaling out several vehicles. Some of them made his family shake their head and wonder how he ever survived. One vehicle was lost in the Colorado River for years.

Mike served with the Army in Vietnam, entering the war at the age of 17. Those who knew Mike knew what a great shot he was with any gun. Hunting with Mike was a joy, because he always seemed to make that lucky shot that nobody else could make.

Mike had a knack for telling it like it is - even if it wasn’t what you wanted to hear. Tact was not his strongest quality, but there was a genuineness about him that made people feel comfortable, accepted and respected. Mike was blessed to inherit his father’s talents and confidence in seeing an opportunity and making things happen. He was known for not holding back. He dreamt big and pursued his dreams. Mike was trustworthy, dependable and unwavering. He and Kelly made a great team in the business world and especially as husband and wife. Mike had the vision and Kelly took care of the details. They would would jump into an opportunity with both feet and if it didn’t work out Mike would just say, “It is what it is.” and they would move on. Together they created many good jobs for the community and blessed many lives.

Mining was Mike’s passion; from an early age he worked with his father on Polar Mesa from prospecting for gold and uranium to the next precious commodity that was going to make him a million. This passion was passed down to him through several generations. After a decade or more of working in grading and excavation, Mike didn’t think he’d ever get to mine again. However, in 2005 when the uranium market came back he was overjoyed at the prospect of sharing this trade with his sons and many in our community. They affectionately called their mining crew “Jerry’s kids.” Mike had a love for the La Sal mountains and fulfilled a lifelong dream of having a refuge at his cabin. He & Kelly along with their kids (and friends who became family), put in many hours of work and joy to develop a sanctuary from the busy world. This was one of his greatest achievements that will forever be enjoyed by many generations. The past several years, Mike spent most of his time with friends and his new found passion for golf. In pursuit of one day joining the Senior Tour, he became close to those who he golfed with. These friendships carried beyond the course and meant the world to Mike.

Mike often said to Kelly throughout their 26 years together.... “Will you marry me?”. This always brought great joy to Kelly, knowing that the man she shared her life with would do it all over again, just like she would. “We still do” was their favorite saying; Mike hoped and prayed others would have a love like theirs. He was one of a kind and will truly be missed.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents and oldest son, Thayn Michael.

He leaves behind his wife Kelly Shumway; his seven children, Keri (Wes) Reidhead, Jamie Shumway, Taylor (Amber) Shumway, Seth (Kelsey) Shumway, Alex (Tom) Esquibel Purvis, Kellen Esquibel, Kyle Esquibel; his twelve grandchildren, Lianne (Austin), Cooper, Megan, Maddy, Bryce, Emma, Taya, Bryce, Adalyn, Elias, Juliette and Asher; and a host of loving nephews, nieces, aunts, cousins and long- time friends. He is also survived by his three brothers and one sister, Robert (Raquel) Shumway; Carol Shumway; Rick Shumway; Gary (Vicki) Shumway.

A graveside service will be held January 22, 2019 at 12:00 noon at the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Military honors.


Just got our TI and saw Mike's obit. My heart hurts. So much life in him it's hard to think he's gone. Sorry we missed the services. Having a toddy tonight in Mike's honor and memory and legacy. Our love to you Kelly and family.
- Dave Turner

Mike always remembered us and gave his smile. He was well respected and meant much to family and friends. My big memory was when Mike, Robert Ace, and Dan Pilling put a burr under the saddle (unknown by me )and offered me a ride. What ride that was, I didn't stay on very long, but was taught a good lesson to be cautious when the boys came to offer me something. That lesson served me well concerning boys in my life. I will miss seeing him around, but keep him in my memories.

- cousin linda Dowd

Hi Kelly, Kyle, and. K.C.

It says in the obit that Mike could be a little gruff. I never ever saw it my dealings with him. He was a gentleman and was always very kind and friendly to me. We had a lot of fun together with our kids at games for years! I sure my whole family would agree. He was a great guy, and I'm just really sorry.
- Tom Till

Dear Kelly and Family,
I met you and Mike in the late 90’ when I worked with Buzz and Jick. I remember you and Mike as some of the most generous and interesting people i had ever met. You always made me feel welcome and being part of the family. I especially remember shooting clays off the porch of the mountain cabin and I will never forget how we tried to shoot the trout in your pond with a 22;).. unsuccessfully. I just happen to be in Moab this week and heard about Mikes passing. He won’t be forgotten and thank you Kelly and Mike again for the memories.
- Jens (the German guy;)

Mike was a good friend and a great man he will truly be missed.
- Chuck Henderson

Sincere sympathy on the passing of Mike. May all of you find comfort in knowing a grand reunion is going on in heaven.
- Marilyn Costanza Dominy

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