Dawaine Shoemaker

Dawaine Allen Shoemaker passed away on June 23, 2013 in Colville. He was born on Oct. 10, 1932 to Lloyd and Zora Shoemaker in Highmore, S.D. In 1951 Dawaine married Ruth Mallow. They lived in the Richland area for several years where children Linda and Craig were born. He attended Eastern Washington University and then Western Washington University, where he received his BA in Education and eventually Gonzaga University, where he received his Masters’ Degree. Prior to that time, Dawaine’s college studies were interrupted when he was invited to be part of the Operation Deep Freeze III program where he spent a year in the Antarctic as a Meteorologist Technician during the 1957-1958 International Geophysical Year. Another time, his planned career was postponed when he was offered a position with the U.S. Weather Bureau in Alaska where he and the family lived for six years. During that time, the family increased by five more. Ruth and Dawaine also took care of several foster children during those years and are still in contact with Al Ferreira of Anchorage, AK. The family moved south to Washington in 1967 where Dawaine taught school at Mt. Baker High School (Deming), and later at Kettle Falls High School. He retired in 1999. High on the list of things Dawaine enjoyed were the Making Memories trips with the grandchildren and children the family babysat or “borrowed” to take along on adventures in the motor home—mostly to Yellowstone Park. Dawaine and Ruth enjoyed hiking the Chilkoot Trailout of Skagway and canoeing the Bowron and Murtle lakes. Dawaine accepted Christ after he graduated from high school and was active in each of the churches he and the family were privileged to attend over the years. Dawaine is a member of the Community Bible Fellowship in Kettle Falls, where he worshipped until his death. Dawaine was preceded in death by his mother and father, Zora and Lloyd Shoemaker; sisters Pat, Sharon and Shirley; and brothers Harold and Keith. He is survived by his sister, Sue Chance, Port Angeles; brother-in-law, Milton Chance; sister-in-law, Nona Shoemaker; brother-in-law, Steve Rouse, and brother-in-law, Wayne Wilson. Dewaine is also survived by his wife, Ruth of 62 years, and their children, daughters Linda Case (Paul); Eva Maffei (Ed); Julie Smith, and sons Craig (Brenda), Michael (Pat), David (Tiane), and Bret. Dawaine is also survived by 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as many special nieces and nephews. We are so thankful for the wonderful years that God granted us and the blessing of family and so many special friends. At the time of his death, Dawaine resided at Buena Vista Nursing Home. We would like to acknowledge and thank all the special caregivers and staff who were involved in caring for him in any way. Thank you for all you did to make that time easier for us. A celebration of Dawaine’s life will be held July 13 at 11 a.m. at Colville Community Church (930 S. Elm St., Colville). Please, no flowers. Instead, please consider honoring Dawaine by giving to your church or to someone who might need a helping hand.