In Memoriam: Shawn Heath Lafollette (March 28, 1971 – Aug. 14, 2021)

September 2021 Posted in Obituary

On Aug. 14, 2021, Shawn Heath Lafollette passed away peacefully. His immediate family was at his bedside in Salem Hospital. Shawn was 50 when he lost his lengthy battle with health issues.

Shawn began his life on March 28, 1971, at Salem General Hospital. His family lived in the Waldo Hills area, just outside of Silverton. He was very curious and inquisitive about everything as a little boy. Shawn played summer ball for three years, and he loved family camping trips.

During his high school years, his interest turned to cars. At the same time, Shawn worked for Howard Hatteberg at his gas station on Water Street in Silverton, pumping gas and visiting with customers. After graduation in 1989, Shawn began working for various car dealerships throughout the valley and earned his mechanic certifications along the way. He became a certified ASE mechanic and excelled at that trade throughout his career. Shawn’s favorite hobby was working on his Harley Davidson and planning trips. His longest ride was to Sturgis, South Dakota, with his friend Howard. 

In 1994, Shawn married Christina Donaldson. They had one child, Mercades Ann. She was stillborn. Through much sadness and grief Shawn and Chrissy later divorced. He never married again.

Shawn was preceded in death by his baby girl, Mercades Ann Lafollette; nephew, Levi Spuhler; and his grandparents.

He is survived by his parents, Darrell and Julie (Sybrandt) LaFollette; sister, Carmen (Tim) Spuhler; and brother, Robert Lafollette; nephew, Travis (Charleen) Spuhler, and their children Adelaide and Truman. He also leaves behind many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Foursquare Church, located at 606 N. Second St., Silverton on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. Arrangements are by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton.

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