Wayne Shawcroft passed away March 12, 2019 at his home in Richfield, Colorado surrounded by his family. He was born January 21, 1928, in Richfield, Colorado. His parents were Frank and Sadie Shawcroft. They later moved to the home ranch near Star. Wayne started school in Nortonville, then when the school closed, Wayne and his sister Leona went to Sanford. After Leona graduated, Wayne attended school in La Jara. Due to the families’ need for working on their farm, Wayne wasn’t able to graduate from high school. On his eighteenth birthday, he joined the Navy where he served our country for two years.
He married the love of his life, Helen Jane Luster, on March 17, 1950. After farming with his dad for 18 years, Wayne and Helen bought their own farm. They later bought the A & W Drive Inn Alamosa where they owned and worked for almost 20 years.
In 1980 they built a home in Richfield, mostly with their own two hands, while they were living in Alamosa. One of Wayne’s favorite things about life was spending it with his kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Several Sunday afternoons were spent in the mountains nearby on family picnics. Wayne and Helen loved doing projects together whether it was building a house or refurbishing an antique. If you saw Helen, Wayne was not too far away as they truly were best friends in every sense of the word.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Horace Shawcroft, Amos Shawcroft, George Shawcroft, Keith Shawcroft, and Rodney R. Shawcroft, and sisters, Martha Coombs, Mildred Edgemond, Arlene Major, Rowane Bairn, Leona Fuller, Deloris Garrett, Donna Shawcroft, Norma Jean Shawcroft, Patsy Shawcroft, and one grandson, Donald Wayne Crowther.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Jane, five daughters, Vicki (Darrel) Cooper of Alamosa, Colorado, Karen (Scott) Johnson of La Jara, Colorado, Darla (Frank) Crowther of Vernal, Utah, Marilynn (Mark) Wright of La Jara, Colorado, Sharon (Norman) Hansen of Evanston, Wyoming, one son Steven Shawcroft of Orem, Utah, one foster-son Douglas Stumblingbear of Oklahoma and a brother Lloyd (Francis) Shawcroft of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is proud grandparent of 31 grandchildren and 63 great grandchildren.
There will be a visitation on Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 1:00-1:45 p.m. followed by funeral services at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located in La Jara, Colorado.