My best friend in High School was Keith Shumway. He was an amazing guy and so much fun to be around. He had this great smile that was so contagious and could make even the worst of days seem not so bad. I called him Fathead, and he called me Fathead. I can't remember why, but it was always something that we did.
He was such a great friend. He helped me through many hard times in my life, and I'm eternally grateful for his friendship. He was always supportive of me no matter what. We ran track together. We had every single class together our senior year. It was so much fun! When I came home from Ecuador, it was hard adjusting to life here. I remember calling him crying, and he walked me through all the great things I had to be grateful for. It helped me so much.
He would constantly practice Spanish with me. He served a two year mission in Mexico as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served with all his might. He truly loved the Lord and gave 100 percent in everything he did. His mother passed away while he was on his mission and I remember how strong he was. He didn't come home early but served out his two years with strength and optimism. I remember him telling me how much he felt his mother with him every step of the way. I have always admired him for this strength.
He was attending school at Southern Utah University in Cedar City and just recently graduated. He was going to be a Doctor! I was so proud of him. He kept going with school even though it was tough, he wanted more than anything to be able to help and serve people. He gave his all in everything he did.
He was a husband. He married his wife Lisa in 2005. Oh how he adored her! I remember him calling me to tell me he was going to ask her to marry him. He was so excited and so happy that he could barley contain himself. He loved her so much.
He was also a father. His son, Landon, was born in May of this year. He is adorable and looks just like him. I know he was a perfect father.
I'm telling you this because on August 22, 2008 my friend Keith died in a plane crash. I'm so sad and he will be greatly missed. He was my best friend and was always there for me. I will always remember him and all that he did for me. I know that he is with God and is watching out for his family. He will be missed.
*If any of you would like to leave a condolence for his family there is a website here.
You can donate to help pay for memorial services for Keith. The fund has been set up in his name, Keith Shumway memorial fund at any Wells Fargo branch or you can call 1-800-869-3557.