Summary of Lewis Earl Shumway
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Born: November 28, 1897 in Tropic, Utah
Parents: Richard Franklin Shumway and Margaret Hannah Johnson
Education: When he was 12 he had to quit school and work his father’s sheep camp.
Married: Leona May Gagon on February 11, 1918; sealed in the temple to Leona in January 1923 by Joseph Fielding Smith
Children: 4 (3 lived to adulthood, 1 died as a toddler); raised niece who was later sealed to them
Employed: Hauled freight to and from Price, Utah. Worked at a saw mill and herded sheep. Also worked in the coal mines. Worked for 12 years as a warehouse foreman and truck driver. During the last years of the Great Depression he worked for the Utah State Fish and Game Department as a game warden and beaver trapper. After he retired, he worked for the BYU Bookstore and then Deseret Industries.
Died: February 12, 1985 in Orem, Utah
Cause of Death: Leukemia and Black Lung disease (age 88)
•Lewis met and fell in love with his wife, Leona, in High School. He said, “I don’t know if it was the freckles on her nose, the way she danced, the way she sang, or the way she played basketball, but I fell head over heels in love with her. She has now been my wife for 55 years.”
•Two years after the death of their 2nd daughter, Lewis and his wife took in his brother Howard’s daughter to raise. Ardis was sealed to them in the Manti Temple after she had her own marriage and children.
•The last line of his personal history reads: “There are three great blessings I have enjoyed all my life; a wonderful wife, a good cook and a good appetite.”
•Leona regarding her father: “Dad got in with the wrong crowd at Price and had a drinking habit. He wasn’t active in the church but he was a loving husband and a good father. He had a bad temper but a wonderful sense of humor….Dad was a wonderful storyteller. When I think of Dad, I think of his stories….He received strength from Heavenly Father and was able to quit drinking after all those years.”