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September 13, 2012 / Liz

Mourning the loss of Shawn Towry, ’10

It is with a heavy heart that Whitworth’s Campus Ministry staff announces the unexpected death of Shawn Towry, ’10, on Monday, Sept. 3.

Shawn was born March 23, 1988 in Camarillo, Calif., and was a 2006 graduate of Mt. Spokane High School. In 2010 he graduated Cum Laude from Whitworth with degrees in computer science and music. He worked for Ciena as a software engineer. Shawn played the upright bass professionally from the age of 16, and he particularly loved jazz music. After the death of his father nine months ago, Shawn moved home to take care of his mother.

Shawn is survived by his mother Patty of Spokane; sisters Kristie Towry and Heather (Mike Mackey) Towry, all of Mead; brother Ryan (Caitlin) Towry of Cool, Calif.; nieces Cloe, Maddy, Ashlin and Katie; and grandpa Gayle Towry of Spokane.

Shawn’s service will be held Friday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. at Hennessey’s Funeral Home (2203 N. Division St.).

Friends may leave condolences to Shawn’s family online on his tribute wall.

Shawn’s friend and band mate Charles Tappa wrote the following tribute of Shawn:

“Shawn Towry was a big guy with a big heart who lived life in a big way. Sometimes it seemed like he was everywhere; I’d see him at Whitworth, Mt. Spokane, the local music scene. There was his mountain bike, motorcycle, snowboard, and of course, his music. He played in a lot of different musical environments. For me it was just my little jazz combo. He was quiet and unassuming but always perfectly ‘in the pocket.’ At least once a night, when Shawn would be taking a solo, I’d look over my shoulder and get lost on the chart because all I could think was, ‘Man, that is some sweet singin’ bass!’ He was not prone to grandiose expression so his subtle facial expressions, the eyebrow lift, the sideways look, and the half-grin that told you he was in on it, could be quite hilarious. Shawn was a kind man who spoke lovingly of his family and took care of his friends. Some people leave a lasting impression long after they’ve gone. They grow on you without you knowing it until, someday, you realize that you just might be better because of them. That’s Shawn.”

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