Tom Shaw took his last breath on earth and his first breath in heaven on Oct. 1, 2010, with his family at his side. Born in McCall, ID, on May 26, 1926, he was the fourth and youngest child of Roy and Lora (Sis) Shaw. He graduated from McCall-Donnelly High School in 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy. In the summer of 1945, while on leave in Los Angeles, CA, he met his future wife, Mary Catherine Feltman. It was love at first sight for both, and on Jan. 26, 1946, they were married. Later that year, Shaw was discharged from the Navy and he and his wife returned to the Shaw Homestead ranch in McCall. Upon his return to McCall, he was given a registered Hereford heifer as a belated graduation gift and the concept of Shaw Hereford Ranch was born. Tom and Mary lived in McCall for the first few years of their marriage. During this time, Linda, Tim and Greg were born. In 1959, they bought the Home Place outside of Notus, still home to this day. They worked hard together and, as a family, grew Shaw Hereford Ranch into a nationally-recognized Hereford seedstock producer.
Shaw was very active on several boards at the community, state and national levels. He started the first Performance Bull Test in the Northwest in 1969 in cooperation with the University of Idaho and he also helped initiate the Idaho Beef Improvement program and the IRM system in Idaho. Shaw served on the National Beef Board, the National Cattleman’s Association, the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) Board and the American Hereford Association (AHA) board, serving as president of ICA and AHA, and was inducted into the AHA Hall of Fame in 2009.
A 4-H leader for many years and active in his church, both in Caldwell and Cascade, Shaw was a kind, patient, gentle man who knew what had to be done and worked hard to make it happen. His word was as good as any contract and he set an extraordinary example for his family on what a husband, father and grandfather should be. He loved spending time in his old stomping grounds, the mountains of McCall, where many fond memories were formed with his kids and grandkids: fishing, camping, pack trips, picking huckleberries, and brewing campfire coffee. He will forever be remembered for the sly grin that made his eyes sparkle and for always whistling a tune.
Shaw is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Catherine; a daughter, Linda (John) Draney of Nampa; two sons, Tim (Tina) Shaw of Cascade and Greg (Cleo) Shaw of Caldwell; 10 grandchildren, Terri Harder of Kahlotus, WA, Nick (Erika) Pettinger of Blackfoot, Brenda Pettinger of Nampa, Tucker (Angie) Shaw of Caldwell, Jeremy Pettinger of Grangeville, Tom (Sandelle) Shaw of New Plymouth, Marc (Tracy) Pettinger of Blackfoot, Sam (Janel) Shaw of Caldwell, Jaime (Kelley) Osterman of Eugene, OR, and Lisa (Kevin) Bennett of Nampa; 25 great grandchildren; a sister Evelyn (Leon) Goodman of Gooding; a very special cousin who was more like a brother, Jim Hamrick of Meridian; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John; a sister, Mildred; and a grandson-in-law, Eric Harder.
Rosary was held Oct. 6 and Mass of the Christian Burial was held Oct. 7, both at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Burial was Oct. 7 at the Veterans Cemetery in Boise. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Align Hospice, 940 E Carol, Meridian, ID 83646 or to a charity of your choice. The family would like to give special thanks to The Cottages staff in Middleton and to Shauna, Loretta and Stephanie with Align Hospice for all the excellent care Dad received. We are forever grateful! God Speed Dad! Tom’s online guest book is available at www.flahifffuner alchapelcom.