Blake Lyman Shumway passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, in the comfort of his home and encircled about by his family following a courageous battle with melanoma cancer. Blake was born on Christmas Day, December 25, 1960, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Bruce Lyman Shumway and Margaret Oa Jacobs.
As the oldest of eight children, Blake was the best brother you could ever ask for! He took his role as the example of the family seriously and provided a loving and listening ear to all of his siblings. He spent his life growing up in Blanding, Utah, and loved exploring the hills and other areas of beauty the area is known for.
Blake received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Brigham Young University and also completed a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix. Professionally, Blake worked mostly for Novell and Symantec, and spent a decade running his own marketing consulting company, tothepoint. He traveled around the world orchestrating events for various technology companies and gained a love for new places and new cultures. Sushi was one of those discoveries and he enjoyed decades of sushi outings with colleagues. Blake was known for his ethical behavior and cost saving measures … even taking the time to purchase a vacuum and do the work himself on tradeshow floors each night rather than spend more money to hire the onsite provider to do the work, all in an effort to be fiscally responsible. He managed multi-million dollar budgets and always came in under budget while over delivering on the final product.
On July 10, 1987, Blake married his best friend, Catherine Johnson, in the Oakland California Temple. Together they raised five amazing children while living in Provo and Orem, Utah. Blake loved seeing them achieve their educational pursuits and other worthy goals, and, most importantly, to see them develop into incredible humans. Being a husband and father was Blake’s greatest joy and accomplishment in life … and becoming a grandfather earlier this year made him ecstatic! HIS FAMILY WAS EVERYTHING!!!
In addition to family, one of his proudest achievements was serving as a missionary to the London England Mission from 1980 to 1982. In August he had the privilege of retracing those steps with members of his family. Lifetime friendships were made decades ago and continue to this day – oh how he loves his friends across the pond!
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Blake magnified his callings and spent time ministering to those around him, especially to those families who he was assigned to watch over. He faithfully served in numerous bishoprics, as a high councilor, with the young men and primary children, and other meaningful callings which he loved. Blake was happiest when he was out serving those around him!
Blake had a gift of making everyone around him feel valued and important. Known as a man of integrity, anyone who knew Blake has nothing but positive things to say about him. Adjectives that are regularly used to describe him include loyal, selfless, happy, kind, and Christlike. Family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues alike use similar phrases to describe their interactions with Blake.
As the cancer progressed throughout his body, Blake spent time making memories with his wife and children, preserving his family history, and beautifying his home and surroundings rather than feeling sorry for himself. He was known for his deep green lawn, manicured hedges, and bounteous garden, which he happily shared. Blake will forever be remembered for his generosity, his goodness, and his grin. It’s impossible to think about Blake without getting a smile on your face, and the world is a better place because of him.
Blake is survived by his wife, Catherine, and children: son Justin (Emily), son Parker (Cassidy), son Chariton, daughter Allyse, son McKay (and soon-to-be Cassidy), and his darling grandson Harrison. He is also survived by his parents, siblings, and numerous extended family members who will miss him dearly. His furry friend, Lizzie, will especially miss her master and the special connection they shared. Blake is preceded in death by his wife’s parents Norman Wallace and Clair LaVonne Johnson and his brother-in-law (and favorite Rook partner) Scott Jason McCleskey.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude for all the expertise and loving care given by first responders and skilled professionals who so promptly responded to 911 calls after his two strokes caused by the tumors bleeding in his brain. We also wish to thank the medical professionals at Utah Valley Hospital, nurses and therapists in the University of Utah Rehabilitation Center, and especially Dr. Edgley and Dr. Lider. A special thank you to our incredible hospice nurse, Mark, and aid, Teresa, who administered loving care and support to Blake and his family during his final weeks of life. We will be forever grateful for all the attentive care provided during this time!
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, at the Orem Sharon Stake Center at 545 South 800 East, Orem, Utah. A viewing will take place the evening prior from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, at Nelson Mortuary, 4780 N. University Avenue, in Provo, Utah, and also one hour prior to the funeral services held on Saturday. Blake will be interred later that afternoon in the Orem City Cemetery.