Carl Henry ShoupOctober 12, 1955 ~ May 21, 2016 (age 60)
Carl was born to Ivan Carl Shoup and Bertha Rosalie Baker. He graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1974. All of Carl's life he was a thrill seeker and shortly after high school he began racing dirt bikes. Ultimately he became #1 in the state but when practicing for an upcoming race he crashed and broke his back. After he recovered, he began drag racing motorcycles and raced for several years. He also began working at Holsum Bakery; he worked there for many years. After Holsum, Carl worked at G J Steel. One day, on the job, Carl lost his thumb. But no injury could ever hold him down...he just had his right big toe removed, then reattached to his left hand, which became a fully functional thumb.
In 1988 Carl met the love of his life, Abigail Allsworth. They were married on July 2, 1988. Shortly after marrying his soul mate, he took on a new adventure and started his own company, Shoup Enterprise Stator Repair.
After closing his shop years later, he went back to work at Holsum Bakery. While working at Holsum, on a day off, he went for a motorcycle ride. While riding that day, a guy driving a truck that was pulling a trailer clipped him causing him to crash. He had multiple injuries including a broken femur. After another recovery, Carl began working at Industrial Screen and Maintenance. He just hit 10 years on a job he truly loved. He also made some AMAZING friends there!!!
Carl was a real animal lover; and he especially loved his dogs! He was an excellent dog trainer. There's nothing he couldn't train them to do,from normal dog stuff like getting his slippers, all the way to knowing and getting whatever tool Carl asked for. They knew how to carefully walk around his airplanes. Everything you could imagine, those dogs could do.
Carl had been building and flying control line airplanes all his life. He really enjoyed learning everything he could about everything he was interested in. Everything he did he quickly gained expert status. He was also a wonderful teacher and he loved to pass on his knowledge and skills. One thing he looked forward to every year was meeting with a group of special needs kids and teaching them to fly the airplanes.
He and Abigail shot Sporting Clays for many years together; he also shot trap and skeet. But his love of shooting also crossed over into handguns. He loved all types of shooting. He won several competitions.
Carl is proceeded in death by his grandparents, his mother Bertha Shoup, and his great-nephew Dylan McDonald,
He is survived by wife, Abigail Shoup, father, Ivan Shoup, brother Rick Kauffman, sister, Rose Romero/Mike Romero, sister Kimberly Smith, nieces, Jamie Shoup/Kimberly Morrison, Amy McDonald, Ivy Smith, nephews, Tyler Romero, Matthias Gonzales, great-nieces, Jordan Morrison, Tamaira McDonald, Maleaka McDonald, great-nephews Skyler McDonald, Julius McDonald,
AND TOO MANY AMAZING FRIENDS TO LIST!
It's time for me to fly,
Like the airplanes I loved flying in the sky.
My mom is up there waiting for me,
She's the one person I can't wait to see.
I had a very adventurous life,
I was blessed with the most amazing wife.
I have terrific family and friends,
That will remember our memories til their end.
So as you lose this worldly fight,
I'll be waiting for you to take your flight.