Shannon Wayne Summers April 20, 1966 - November 14, 2020
Shannon Wayne Summers made his transition to continue his travels and exploration of the other side on 11/14/2020, he was 54 years old. Shannon was born on April 20, 1966 in Seattle, WA, to Terry and Charlene Summers, and spent most of his younger years in Tacoma. His family moved to Eatonville, when he was in the 4th grade and he graduated from Eatonville High School in 1984. While in high school he was active in FFA, showing Guernsey cows and hogs, and competing successfully in judging contests of all kinds at both the state and national level. Shannon played high school football and was elected Homecoming King his Sr. year. He also became obsessed with growing giant pumpkins and grew a number of 1,000+ pound pumpkins in his life, showing them at the Puyallup Fair and Half Moon Bay, CA, winning his division there once. Shannon fell in love with flying while working at Spanaflight, his parent’s flight center, and soloed at just 16 years old. He earned his private pilot’s license around the time he left for the University of North Dakota where he graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Studies. He went on to fly tours around the Grand Canyon and then took his father’s place at Horizon Air flying the Dash-8 in the same seat his father had just left to fly for United Airlines. While flying for Horizon Air he met and eventually married Loren Edgley with whom he had his two beloved sons, Zackary Wayne and Casey Donavon. He also met his best friend of over 30 years, Jim Randel, who became a pivotal and steadfast person in Shannon’s life. At just 24 years old he went on to fly for Delta Airlines where he flew for the next 30 years and was a Captain at the time of his death. Always the daring adventurer, Shannon first climbed Mt. Rainier in high school with his friend Win Whitaker and summited two more times after that, the most memorable being with his dad Terry in 1999. Around that same time, he took up skydiving until an accident put him out of commission. He raced mountain bikes with friends and even tried ice climbing for a short time. His spirit of adventure never tired and he was always willing to try new and exciting activities, especially with his boys who went on many adventures with him. They went on retreats and to family camps together and enjoyed traveling around the country to fun and exotic locations even learning to scuba dive along the way and of course, many trips to Disneyland. Shannon was deeply proud of both his boys and as his dad Terry said, “He packed a lot of life into his 54 years”. Shannon is preceded in death by his mother Charlene Summers and his grandmother Armis Walters as well as numerous other grandparents who all played a role in his formative years. He leaves behind the two most important people in his life, Zack and Casey Summers. He is also survived by his eternal support system, his dad Terry Summers, as well as his older sister LaDonna Summers who will miss their talks about the meaning of life; they were seekers of the same Spirit. He also leaves a niece and a nephew, Beau (Lauren) and Julianne Figliola, as well as 5 great nieces and nephews. Lastly, he was survived by his beloved cat and Spirit animal Lofa, who was back in his arms again a month after he passed. As Covid has given us a bit of a break we are finally able to celebrate Shannon’s life! Please join us on November 13th from 1:00 to 5:00 for food, drinks and celebration, not to mention your personal stories that we are all eager to hear. Address: Parklane Court Clubhouse, 2120 177th St E, Spanaway, WA 98387.
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