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Michael "Mike" Guy Shaw went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 21, 2016, after a courageous battle against cancer.
He was born Dec. 21, 1956, in Dallas, Texas, to James Murdock Shaw Jr., and Frances Ruth (Miller) Shaw. Mike was raised in Dallas and graduated from Kimball High School, Class of 1975. He then earned a bachelor's in business administration from the University of Texas in Arlington. Mike began his career at DART on June 2, 1986. He worked in the Rail Program Development-Real Estate division and was DART's chief appraiser. During Mike's 30 years at DART, he was instrumental in the development and success of the light rail system. He was also a graduate of the first Leadership DART class and a mentor in the Management at DART program. In addition, Mike was a community volunteer member for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. He thoroughly loved his job and considered his co-workers his second family.
Mike's oldest daughter, Jessica, was killed in an automobile accident in 2004. She was a four-year starter on the Rockwall High School volleyball team, where she earned numerous awards and honors. The volleyball team hosts a memorial tournament every year in her honor and presents an annual Jessica Shaw Award and Scholarship for Leadership, Friendship and Loyalty at the end of each season. Mike would attend and help sponsor the tournament each year, which he was very passionate about. At the end of each school year, he would present the award to the recipient of the scholarship which was something he always looked forward to.
Mike had a strong faith in God and spent most of his free time serving others, cheering on his daughters at their sporting events, spoiling his granddaughter, and attending classic rock-'n-roll concerts. He was also passionate about nutrition and fitness. Mike will always be remembered as a loving father and Poppa, a man with a sincere heart who was hardworking and loyal to his friends and family.
He is survived by his children, Samantha Ivey and husband Luke and Stephanie Shaw, all of Rockwall; granddaughter Harper Ivey; sister Patricia Barclay and husband William of Aledo, Texas; a brother, James M. Shaw III of Dallas; and niece and nephew Jennifer Barclay and William F. Barclay.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Jessica Shaw.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, at First Baptist Church, 610 S. Goliad St., Rockwall with Pastor Paul McDill officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rest Haven Funeral Home - Rockwall Chapel.
Memorials in Mike's name may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Donor Services at PO Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or www.lls.org.
Published on October 26, 2016
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