LeAnn Dalebout Shumway

LeAnn Dalebout Shumway, 73, of  St. George, Utah, passed away April 3, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on November 19, 1947, in Provo, Utah, to Harold Adrian Dalebout and Hazel Louise Gabbert.  She spent her early years in Springville, Utah, and later moved to Orem, Utah, where she began her fun and shenanigans with siblings and neighborhood kids.  There are grand stories of the bull called Lord Hell Bucket and climbing apple trees and digging pits.  She graduated high school as a proud Orem Tiger.

She attended Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, where she met and fell in love with her eternal companion, Danny Merwin Shumway.  We are not sure if it was Danny’s good looks and charm or the ’64 Thunderbird convertible that convinced her to marry him.  They were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, July 28, 1967.

LeAnn and Danny made their home in Blanding, Utah, where they raised their four children hunting, fishing, and adventuring in southern Utah.  She completed her college education at Brigham Young University and was an avid Cougar and Jazz fan.  She could often be found at one of her children’s or grandchildren’s ball games.

LeAnn valued education and loved books.  She worked for many years as a schoolteacher and later completed her master’s degree in school counseling and received an endorsement in library science.  She served as a librarian and counselor at Albert R. Lyman Middle School for the last half of her career.  She loved to dress up for the school lip sync competitions and was famous for her reading contests at the school.  Her prizes for the students included parties, mud volleyball games, or trips to see a Jazz basketball game.

LeAnn and Danny retired to St. George, Utah, and were inseparable.  They liked traveling in their RV throughout the country and enjoyed spending time in their beloved Alaska during the summers.  The fish are resting easy now that LeAnn does not have a fishing pole in the water.  She also enjoyed spending time with her “schwester”, Linda.  She adored her grandchildren, and several granddaughters share part of her name.  She loved the Savior and served quietly in many church callings, especially with the young women.

A private graveside service is on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 10:30 am at Tonaquint Cemetery,  1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770.

For remote viewing, contact a member of the family for a Zoom link.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, St. George, Utah.  (435) 673-2454. Family and friends are invited to sign LeAnn’s guest book at www.spilsburymortuary.com






10:30 am
Tonaquint Cemetery
1777 S Dixie Dr, St. George, UT 84770

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13 Responses

  1. I’m so so sad!!
    I love LeAnn!!
    Thoughts and prayers for Danny and family.
    I of course knew her when she lived in Blanding and taught for San Juan School Distict. But the last 5 years I’ve had a blast riding RZR’s at Glamis and Quartzite. Retiring soon and was ready to play with the Shumway’s
    Love ya,
    Bruce and Patty Lyman

  2. When I moved to Blanding in the 5th Grade, she was my teacher. Then, shortly after that we moved in right next door to their family. She was the first person I remember calling me Lana Banana, & she would still call me that years later, whenever I saw her. She was also my Young Women’s leader. She probably had more than her fair share of me, but she was a favorite of mine. Love to all the family.

  3. So sorry to learn of LeAnn’s passing. I enjoyed working with her at Albert R. Lyman Middle School. She always had a ready smile for everyone. She worked hard to make the school library a comfortable, pleasant, and positive learning space. She will definitely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Danny and the kids.

  4. I love LeAnn, but she is easy to love. I have so many great memories of her: teaching at the Middle School in Blanding; Shakespeare and reading contests; intramurals; faculty room jokes; traveling on hunting and fishing trips; Alaska-deep sea halibut fishing; going on Pepsi runs; eating lunch together; riding four-wheelers; going to Towaoc Casino to eat crab legs; watching movies; but most of all laughing. LeAnn could always find a silver lining and never got too shook up no matter how dire or depressing any situation was. She was a major influence on my children’s lives. They all love her and her family. She was always willing to jump in and help me with any and all hair-brained ideas I had. People often say that heaven is a better place when someone goes home. I know that is the case with LeAnn, but I also know that heaven is much more fun now that LeAnn has arrived home. I’m going to miss her terribly, but will cherish the memories and years we had together. Prayers and love to Danny and family.

  5. LeAnn’s obituary suits her, she had a flare for life and lived it to its fullest every single day. She was an incredible Mom and Aunt. We have fond memories of times in Blanding, and even when we met up for dinner on the other side of the Country in Mississippi. She had her Dad’s sense of humor, and her mom’s tenacity. She and Danny are a wonderful example of a loving , and supportive relationship. There was no doubt that they were deeply in love. Her entire family is in our thoughts and prayers! We were really extremely fortunate to have her in our lives.

  6. So sorry for your loss. We loved having Danny and LeAnn for our neighbors for several years, and missed them so much when they moved. They loved being adventurous together and we admired them for their ability to take off and just be together.
    Just know, Danny and family, that our love and prayers are with you.
    Al and Linda

  7. LeAnn, Thank you so much for including me in your family and helping me feel so welcome on so many occasions. Thank you for raising one of my most favorite people in the whole world. Your entire family has been an inspiration and balm to my soul. You are dearly missed.

    With love,
    Jennifer Owens

  8. So sad to hear the passing of a very dear friend. Every summer we look forward to gather with our friends in Sterling Alaska. We deeply extend our deepest condolences to Danny and family. Lee Ann will be surely missed.
    Much Aloha
    From Lono and Di Koholua
    Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

  9. We are very saddened by the sudden passing of LeAnn. She was a wonderful sister-in-law and always so ready to help everyone. We wish comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  10. We are so very sorry for your loss. May the Lord bless you and your family during this time of sorrow.

  11. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So very sorry for your loss of such a wonderful lady.

  12. We were so sorry to hear of LeeAnn’s passing. She was still young and full of life. We only saw her during the summers in Sterling, but we always looked forward to being with her and Danny. She was such a positive and happy person that you couldn’t help but be like that too when you were around her. She will be missed so much. Our prayers are with Danny and his family.

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