In memory of
CHARLIE SHAW Mueller's Chapel of the Falls Charles Christopher Shaw (Charlie) was born July 4, 1978, at Kadlec Hospital in Richland. He died October 3, 2016. He is survived by his children, Taylor Howard and Zoe Jensen of Richland, his brother Carl Shaw and Carl's girlfriend, Branda Baker, Nephew, Tristan Shaw, adoptive niece, Kimberly Kuykendall, Parents, Craig and Janis (Janna) Shaw of Kenne-wick, fianc Stephanie Dauen-hauer of Kenne-wick, grandmother Violet Roetcisoender of Lenore, Idaho, uncles and aunts Arlie (Donna) Roetcisoender of Odessa, Craig (Brenda) Roetcisoender, Idaho. Christy (Dave) Sprague, Prosser, Julie (Ron) King, Japan. Guy (Jennifer) Roetcisoender, Mosier, Oregon, Darlyn (Roger) Lanier, Moscow, Idaho, Brooksie Larsen, Clarkston, Washington, Ramona (Calvin) Bell, California, and all of their children, as well as his aunt Marilyn Shaw and cousin Nicholas Shaw of Idaho. He is also survived by the many friends and co-workers for whom Charlie was a bright star. Charlie was a student at Washington State University, Tri-Cities, where he was nearing completion of his PhD in Environmental Science and Regional Planning, preparing dissertation research in life-cycle analysis of lignocellulosic material for creation of bio-oil, syngas, and the use of bio-char as a soil amendment. He held a Master's of Environmental Science and Regional Planning, a Master's of Business Administration, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics. He worked this past year on a WSU team doing research on bio-oils. Charlie was an avid fisherman, spending many hours with family and friends at the Tucannon River and lakes. He loved camping, kayaking, swimming and boating, especially when he could spend time with his beloved children. He delighted in his children's many achievements and activities, loved playing chess with his son or listening to accounts of Taylor's track or smash bros. competitions, watching anime or sharing a laugh with Taylor over an especially funny internet posting. He enjoyed attending Richland Bomber games and track competitions. He treasured his lunch dates with Zoe where they would discuss politics, the Middle East situation, and other topics at random. He enjoyed viewing cheerleader competitions where Zoe competed. The whole family enjoyed playing croquet. Charlie and his brother Carl shared a very special bond and often described themselves as not only brothers, but also best friends. A true "nature boy", Charlie found peace and joy in outdoor settings, and loved his trips to Mount Rainier, Bumping Lake, campgrounds on Chinook and White Pass, the Washington peninsula, Lake Roosevelt, and the rivers of Eastern Oregon as well as float trips with family and friends on the Yakima River. Always an adventurer, he loved cliff diving at Goose Lake and along the Snake River with his family and friends. His achievements in martial arts began when he was twelve years old as a Tae-Kwon-Do student. He was an AX Muay Thai champion, TKKO Kick-boxing Champion, and a 2010 "Night of Champions" Champion. He held a Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and participated in bouts in public venues in front of crowds as many as 1000+ spectators. He went on to win additional MMA bouts. He was a team captain and coach. He sported many tattoos, all of which had special significance in his life. Known as "Charlie 'Sweet Feet' Shaw" in his MMA world, he even had tattooed toes. During his years as a student at WSU-Pullman, he served as the head boxing coach at the University of Idaho's boxing team where he managed two assistant coaches and 20-25 athletes. A lifelong athlete, he served for several months as a personal trainer at LifeQuest (2008) where he was the F.A.S.T Program director and managed speed school for professional collegiate, and high school athletes. He co-owned and managed a martial arts gym in 2011. He also worked at Reed's Personal Fitness (2003-2004), and Columbia Basin Raquet Club (2003-2004) as a personal trainer. He graduated from Kamiakin High School, where he participated in cross country and track and field events. He also participated with the Kamiakin cheer squad. His special bond with animals began in early childhood. He and his brother named their rabbit "Black Ninja". The family's pet Shelties, Angel and Knight, shared hiking and boating outings and camping trips. As a college student, he picked Chico, a black Labrador, as his pet. He and Stephanie spent hours with their Chihuahuas, Maya, Mia, Lola and Stella taking them off leash for walks at Duffy's Pond or Two Rivers Park. He very much enjoyed growing tomatoes for salsa. He grew hot peppers, which he ground up into a pepper salt to share with family and friends. His girlfriend, Stephanie, is an excellent cook, and they enjoyed hosting family holiday celebrations and preparing feasts at their home for both family and friends. Both he and Stephanie were connoisseurs of great food, and much enjoyed sharing meals of sushi. Charlie was an excellent writer, achieving a WSU award of distinction for his writing portfolio. He kept up a regular correspondence with his grandmother and very much valued the letters he received from her. Charlie was an enthusiastic fan of college and professional football and professional basketball. He loved watching the WSU Cougars compete. Charlie was confirmed as a Lutheran at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Kennewick, where he also participated in Sunday school, children's choir, vacation Bible School, children's programs, middle school programs, and served as an acolyte. A Memorial Service in Celebration of Charlie's life will be held Saturday October 22, 2016 at 2 PM at Mueller's Chapel of the Falls 314 W. 1st Ave Kennewick, WA 99336.
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