Funeral services for Shayne Dumas, 47, will be at 9:30 a.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Mr. Dumas died Aug. 20, 2013. He was born Sept. 3, 1965, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Audrey Tanner and the late Don A. Dumas.
He lived for the first few years of his life in Salt Lake City and it quickly became apparent that he had a love of learning how things worked and operated. No toaster was safe! In 1973, Shayne moved with his parents to Nyssa, Ore., where he lived until he graduated from Nyssa High School in 1983.
While in high school, he further cultivated his love for all things mechanical and was involved in the auto mechanic program. While in high school, he also represented the Nyssa High School Bulldogs as an athlete in wrestling and basketball. He also played softball for the LDS church league for the Owyhee ward. Many happy summer nights were spent at the Nyssa ball field and honking our car horns wildly when there was a good play.
After graduation from Nyssa High School, he went on to Laramie, Wyo., to attend Wyoming Technical Institute and graduated with a diploma and certification in Auto Collision Technology.
Shortly after his graduation in 1984, Mr. Dumas felt a call to serve his country and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He then went to basic training in Fort Knox, Ky. He had the privilege and honor of serving twice in Germany, Fort Riley, Kan., Fort Sill, Okla., and South Korea. Most of his Army career he was stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. During his time with the Army, our nation needed him and he served in the Desert Storm conflict, and also served two tours of duty in Iraq as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
After 21 years of dedicated service to his nation, he retired from active-duty service. He remained in the Killeen area where he worked for International Motors. After Army service, he found great joy in being active with the American Legion Post 573 and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an avid enthusiast and owner of a beautiful Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He was known for riding his bike into the Fireside Bar and burning out, much to the delight of Fireside’s patrons.
Those who knew Shayne knew him for his big, beaming smile and jovial disposition. He never knew a stranger, a trait that he gained from his mother and father. He was a hero to many, and was always surrounded by friends and those who called him brother, wherever he went.
He was known for his great sense of humor and infectious laugh. Many wonderful friends and family will miss Shayne. Rest assured, heaven gained the biggest, baddest angel they could have with Shayne’s return home.
Mr. Dumas was preceded in death by his father, Don A. Dumas, as well as several aunts and uncles.
Survivors include two sons and a daughter, Andrew Dumas and Chaz Dumas, both of Belton, and Tori Reynolds of Wyoming; his mother, Audrey Dumas of Ontario, Ore.; five brothers, Nik L. Dumas of Nampa, Idaho, Ronnie Dumas, Lonnie Luker, John Luker and Don Luker; three sisters, Wendy Hefner of Salem, Ore., Connie Allison and Bonnie Byce; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Funeral Home in Harker Heights, which is in charge of arrangements.