Dallas L. Shaw, 64
With deep sadness, we announce the passing of our dear husband, father, son, brother and friend, Dallas L. Shaw. God called him home to heaven on Sunday, July 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving, devoted family. Godís mercy and grace sustained him through many months of battling cancer. Our sorrow is comforted by knowing that Dallas is face to face with Jesus. He did not seek fortune or fame. He lived a quiet life, being faithful to his family, friends, work and his love of Jesus. This is the legacy he leaves to his family and friends.
Dallas was the last of four children born to Robert and Maxine Shaw, in 1955, in Clarkston, Wash. He grew up and worked alongside his father in the automotive parts business in Lewiston, Idaho. He trusted Christ as his Savior as a young boy at Bible camp on the Selway River. He grew to love the Lord and serve Him while attending church with his family at Orchards Community Church, in Lewiston.
God put within Dallas a gift and heart to work with young people. He worked as a counselor at the Circle Bar J Boys Ranch in Colbert, Wash., while attending Inland Empire School of the Bible, in Spokane, seeking a degree in Christian ministry. This is where he met Dianne Baldwin. They fell in love and married in 1978, and they lived in Spokane and the Coeur díAlene area during their 41 years of marriage. Their greatest accomplishment was raising their four children together. They were a strong team in their work, play and ministry. The family was always blessed by the wise, godly counsel Dallas gave them. They will miss his strong, quiet, fun presence.
Dallas found great joy in working with children and families in various leadership capacities over the years. He was the director of the childrenís program Awana, at Community Bible Chapel, in Spokane, and Coeur díAlene Bible Church, for 25 years. He had a way of interacting and connecting with kids. His wit, steady manner and insight were good combinations in working with children and adults. Dallas made a positive difference in his ministry, which spanned over 40 years. He can expect to spend time in heaven greeting the many children entering heaven that were saved by grace under his watch.
Dallas also made a positive difference at work. For 15 years he worked in Spokane at Air Cooled Engine Supply, followed by five years as childrenís pastor at Coeur díAlene Bible Church, seven years traveling 15 western states with Regular Baptist Press, and most recently, for Serightís Ace Hardware, in Post Falls, Idaho, in their small engine sales and repair department.
Dallas had about everything a man could want in this world. He had a loving Christian soul-mate, four children who love the Lord and eight young grandchildren who lived close and visited often. He had numerous friends and great relationships with his siblings and in-laws. Relationships were the fruit of his life. He would meet someone once and always be able to recall their name. He was a friend to all and made a meaningful impact on all he knew. He was a loved man.
Humor and storytelling were Dallasís style. Even in his last weeks, with his faint voice, he was still telling jokes and recalling tales about his life. Dallas was a gifted athlete and enjoyed all sports, whether as a participant or a spectator. He would always look forward to autumn when he could hunt with friends and son, Brad. For the past eight years, Dallas and Dianne have been attending Hayden Bible Church, in Hayden, Idaho.
Dallas was preceded in death by his father, Robert Shaw, and mother-in-law, Carlene Baldwin. The family left behind are his wife, Dianne Shaw of Dalton Gardens; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Jeff Enders, with grandson, Matthew of Coeur díAlene; son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Jillian Shaw, with grandchildren, James, Laine and Ariana of Coeur díAlene; daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Sean Kacalek, with grandchildren, Grace, Titus, Ezekiel and Micah of Post Falls; daughter, Anna Shaw of Dalton Gardens; his mother, Maxine Shaw of Lewiston; brother and sister-in-law Mike and Karen Shaw of Battlefield, Wash.; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Marlene Shaw of Spokane Valley, Wash.; sister and brother-in-law, June and Terry of Chapel Hill, N.C.; father-in-law and wife, Jack and Betsy Baldwin of Thailand; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Paula Baldwin of Thailand; brother-in-law, John K. Baldwin of Thailand; brother and sister-in-law, Brent and Sue Baldwin of Hayden Lake; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In his last months, Dallas had numerous visitors and was under the excellent care of Kootenai Health, Beacon Cancer Care, Crest Home Health and Hospice, and Hospice of North Idaho. Our family would like to thank all the caregivers that helped make Dallasís treatment and end-of-life as sweet and pain-free as possible.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Dallasí life at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Coeur díAlene Bible Church, 5350 N. Fourth St., Coeur díAlene. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a GoFundMe account that has been set up in memory of Dallas, that will benefit select charities and educational opportunities for his family. Dallasís family is grieving, but in their grief they have hope. Their belief and trust in God gives them the promise of eternal life in heaven with God Himself.
Yates Funeral Home is entrusted with final arrangements. Please visit Dallasís online memorial and sign his guest book at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com.