Shannon LeeKilpack Carlson \t8/7/196610/18/2007 Shannon Lee was born the eldest of two children to William Donald Jr. and Jan Maereen Heilmann Kilpack. She was raised in the Salt Lake Valley, with most of her growing up years in West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from West Jordan High School, attended Snow College and received her Associate Degree in Child Development from Salt Lake Community College. Her Uncle Wayne often said, Shannon was born with a lot of heart, always loving and looking for the best in everyone. Shannon is real, shes a good kid; Shannon is Shannon. Memories linger of our happy toddler singing and dancing to her favorite song, Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. As a child, she often went fishing with her Grandma and Grandpa Heilmann. At age 5, Shannon received an award for reeling in a 5 lb. Walleye Pike, the state record in her age class. Shannon loved horses and learned to ride at a very early age with her Aunt Debra. She enjoyed camping trips with her parents and her Grandma and Grandpa Kilpack. She enjoyed river running, like one family trip down the Snake River, and downhill skiing, particularly at Alta Ski Resort. In high school she was a pep leader and involved with fast-pitch softball and track. She ran one track meet with a sore ankle, later to discover it was fractured. She was an avid wrestling fan and a certified referee in Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling Shannon became a SCUBA diver, receiving her Open Water certification at Bear Lake. She was an expert at cross-stitching and cross-stitched many beautiful items for those she loved. Shannons first job was with Blimpie, where she met Gary Carlson, who would later become her husband. She spent a number of years working at O. C. Tanner, and frequently said she enjoyed interacting with fellow staff and the creative work they did. In the beginning years of her married life with Gary, he was on active duty in the military and they spent some time stationed in Washington state, Hill Air Force Base, and England. Upon return to Utah from the UK, Shannon often described how much she loved the English countryside and cherished the experiences of living in Great Britian. She said, Somehow, England feels like home. Shannon gave birth to two sons, Dylan and Caleb. She loved them deeply and they were the highlights of her life. She built much of her life around creating what opportunities she could for them, taking them to wrestling and soccer practice, or sending them to out-of-state wrestling tournaments when she could not go herself. But, most of all, when you saw her smile, you saw it mirrored back in the faces of her boys.