Shawn Paul Winthers was born March 24, 1964 in Deadwood, SD. to Muriel Roth of Spearfish, SD and D’Orsay Winthers of Mitchell, SD. Shawn was married to Darci (McLean) and has one son, Andrew.
Shawn graduated from Mitchell Senior High School, graduated with a BS from University of South Dakota, attended the University of Minnesota, obtained a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Northern State University. He was currently finishing his doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota. Shawn taught at Lower Brule Schools, Chamberlain, and Montrose School Districts. He served as superintendant/principal with the Bison School District.
Shawn was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, USD Swim Team, USD Concert Choir, and Little Brother to Chi Omega Sorority. He was an advisor for the local and state TARS and worked on numerous political campaigns. Shawn was a deacon and elder of the Presbyterian Church. Currently, he attended Northridge Baptist Church. He was a member of the Barbershop Choir, Masons and was a Shriner. Shawn coached numerous t-ball, football, boys’ basketball, and swim teams.
Shawn always had a desire to learn and gain knowledge. He loved working with young people and helping them realize their own strengths, potentials, and overcome any obstacles faced. He encouraged and touched many lives.
Grateful for having shared in Shawn’s life: wife Darci for 26 years, son Andrew, mother Muriel, father D’Orsay (Loretta), two brothers Ken (Susan) of Madison, SD, Bryce (Debra) of Rim Rock, AZ, one sister Amber (Ross) Determan of Mitchell, SD. Father-in-law and mother-in-law Don and Donna McLean of Mitchell, 2 sisters-in-law Deb Christensen of Mitchell, Donita Serr of Mesa AZ, nieces and nephews: Jess, Jamie, Jan, Jon, Dylan, Shannon, Krystyna, Reid, Quinn, Gray, along with many other family members and friends. Shawn was preceded in death by his grandparents Ray and Margaret Roth, Wilbur and Bernice Winthers, and godparents Bill and Clarice Alexander.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.