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Jan. 11, 1968 ~ Dec. 15, 2017

Michael Shane Stewart was more than a name in this newspaper. He was a son to Vern and Sue Stewart, who joyfully adopted him into their hopeful and loving home, following his birth on January 11, 1968.

He was a brother to three siblings, sharing the idyllic childhood of open sky, outdoor adventures, and invaluable lessons garnered from life on a farm in Meadow, Utah. Greg Stewart (Provo), Hollie Fillmore (Santa Clara), and Tyler Stewart (Meadow) spent their formative years creating memories, learning of themselves, and learning of each other. Their time together in Vern and Sue’s home was punctuated with joyful, edifying, humorous, and precious remembrances.

He was a friend. Intermingled with Shane’s family experiences was the unparalleled delight of connecting with like-minded companions. Whether this time was spent riding ponies, fishing the creek, hunting, or working together on the farm, Shane lived the pure enchantment of sharing the world with his comrades.

He was a husband and father. Shane married Bonnie Lott on September 19, 1992 in Soda Springs, Idaho. Together, they welcomed their seven exquisite children. Aspen (Andrew Flake), Emily (Tyler Orgill), Ladd, Dayne, Mattie, Hazel, and Lucy were immersed in learning, opportunity, love, and wonder. Shane was a devoted father. He savored the time he spent with his children as they worked with him on the farm, explored the outdoors, and most especially, played music with him.

Shane was unique, singular, extraordinary. He felt and saw the world through an exceptional, inimitable lens. He taught all who knew him how to think differently, challenge the norm, break the mold, defy the expectations. His talents were copious. He had a brilliant intellect, graduating Cum Laude from Utah State University with a degree in Recreation Resource Management. He was an inspired and self-taught musician, teaching himself to play the guitar, banjo, and mandolin. His artistry transcended that of music, spilling over into drawing, painting, and writing.

Shane’s truest self was found when he was communing with the earth and sky. This is when he was restored to peace, equanimity, and balance. His love of fishing, hiking, camping, and hunting were passionately bequeathed to his seven perfect children. Shane died on Friday, December 15, in a tragic and untimely swimming accident. His influence has been profound and will reverberate throughout time. His children are the living legacy of his opus; his melody and harmonies flow through and from them, and they, along with his family and friends, rejoice in all that he was.

Those wishing to support Shane’s family may attend the funeral services Saturday December 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Meadow LDS Chapel. Viewings will be held Friday, December 22, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 23, 2017 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. both at the Meadow Ward Building, Interment will be at the Meadow Cemetery. Online condolence rasmussenmortuary. com