Irvin “Wayne” Shupe (73) passed away in Salt Lake City, UT of natural causes on March 22, 2023.
Wayne was born July 7, 1949, in Moab, UT to Colleen LaRay (Shupe) Gaskins and Ivan (Ike) Shupe. After Graduating from Grand County High School, he entered the United States Air Force where he proudly served our country for 3 years, 11 months and 28 days. (Quoted often to anyone who needed to know).
Wayne married Mary Jane “Shiny” Chavez who passed away in 2006. He is survived by his children, Raymond (Rebecca) Shupe, Elizabeth (Byron) Droge, stepchildren Jennifer (Keith) Mantelli and Ryan (Tina) Chavez. Grandchildren Justin, Austin and Shea Shupe. Nathan Droge and Danielle and Kaitlyn Mantelli, Ty and Cole Chavez. Three sisters Claudia Bissett, Jeannie (Mark) Luddington and Laura (Mark) Claeys. Stepbrothers Steve (Cathy) Gaskins and Jerry (Georgia) Gaskins and stepsister Connie (Lee) Hoffman and many nieces and nephews.
Wayne suffered a stroke 12 years ago and it narrowed the things he enjoyed doing to things close to home like walking around the football field across from his house, adding new features to his deck, painting whatever he could paint, playing solitaire on his computer and watching TV. He enjoyed tennis but his favorite thing to do was to watch everything John Wayne. One of his favorite John Wayne quotes was “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”
Wayne has been cremated and will be buried with his loving wife Shiny once he is returned to Trinidad, Colorado. (Date and time have yet to be determined)