Eldon Wayne Shumate
Apr 4, 1937 - Jul 25, 2014
Eldon Wayne Shumate
Born April 4,1937 in Prairie Grove, AR passed away at home in the loving arms of his family on July 25, 2014 in North Highlands, CA at the age of 77. He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps.
Wayne was a man of many interests and talents. His love of the outdoors included activities such as, boating, water skiing, deer hunting in Northern California, Nevada, Idaho, and Colorado. Fishing for trophy salmon was enjoyed in British Columbia Canada and Alaska as well as on the Sacramento River. Wayne also loved learning to fly.
A hard working man Wayne always strived to better his life for his family where his diversified talents lead to owning many businesses which included Shumate Water Trucks, Quality Fixtures, and National Oxygen. After the sale of National Oxygen in 1988, Wayne was involved in land development in Portola, Ca.
When not hard at work, Wayne was a huge supporter of his families varied sports interests which included girl’s softball, motocross racing, youth football, and Head Coach for boy’s youth soccer.
Wayne’s spare time was spent waiting for 100+ degree weather to teach all of us countless home improvement projects. Examples of these projects would range from whimsical lawn ornaments and whirligigs to endless fence rebuilds or major room additions. These summertime projects have taught us all so much, especially “you have to have the right tools”. The word “CAN’T was not in Wayne’s vocabulary. There was nothing he couldn’t do nor did he shy away from taking on any challenge.
Beloved husband of 57 years to Mira Shumate. Greatly missed by children, Cindy Jones (Aron), Mark Shumate (Julie) and James Shumate. Lovingly remembered by grandchildren Curtis Buckley and Kayla Buckley. Travis Blake and Trevor Blake.
Also survived by sister Robbie Padjen (John), Alan Handy (Nephew) and Johna Padjen (Niece) and her daughter Chloe Williams. Preceeded in death by mother and father, Amanda and Elzie Shumate. A viewing will be held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at East Lawn Mortuary Sierra Hill Memorial Park, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. A celebration of life will be held at a future date.
God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
So he put his arm around you
And whispered, “Come with Me.”
With graceful eyes we watched you,
we watched you pass away
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
hardworking hands now rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only took the best!