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!


  • Cindy Jones says:

    I have to admit that I was a Daddy’s girl. He told me he loved me better Than anything else in the world. When I became a woman He walked me down the aisle, And gave me away With a bittersweet smile. And when I gave birth, He was there, too To greet my little one and say Hello, I love you. and now that man who loved me, And wrapped me in arms so strong Has gone when I can’t reach him, But my love for him lives on. I’ll keep his memory alive, and honor all he believed, and just feel so very grateful For all his love that I received. I love you Dad!

  • Margery L Beitzel says:

    I remember when Wayne first joined our class int the eighth grade (we had just moved into the new Junior High School building on B Street and Russell Blvd.)-Mrs. Hartwell was our home room teacher, and Mr. Joe Carey was a first year teacher with many unique ways of controlling the boys in our class!One day he sat Wayne in the wastebasket by his desk, and he threw a chalkboard eraser full of chalk dust and hit Milton Gregory right smack dab on his forehead! Those were the days when teachers could get away with things like that! Wayne will be missed by all his classmates!

  • Lois Mace Chappell says:

    Wayne loved his cars and modified them. I can remember that he took some of us band members to Winters to play in the Winters Youth Day parade. Wayne had lowered his car by putting sand bags in the trunk and when we took some of those turns between Davis and Winters, the rear of the car would slide sideways. These are the things that could give parents gray hair if they ever found out what happened. It’s a wonder that we lived through some of the things we did in high school. Wayne was one of a kind and much loved by his classmates.

  • Kay Bishop says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. It has been many years since I’d heard from Wayne when, out of the blue, he called. We got caught up on our lives and he told me how lucky he was that he had a wonderful wife and children. My prayers are with all of you during this hard time.

  • Dee Dee Kernodle says:

    Sending my Love to the Shumate, Jones, Padjen and, Buckley family. May you find comfort in each other. Hold tight and never let go. I Love You

  • Robbie Padjen says:

    So many wonderful memories..My love to Mira, Cindy, Mark, James,Curtis and Kayla. You will be sorely missed,brother.

  • Kayla Buckley says:

    I could not have been any more blessed than I was to have my Popo in my life. I miss him now and I will for always. I’ll see him again when my time comes, but until then, I love you and I miss you, but I’ll see you later.

  • curtis says:

    Hi popo, found myself here reading this and just wanted to say i miss you sorely. I know you are at peace and still guiding us when the time is needed. Love you and miss you daily.

    Your grandson,


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