Shay Bradley Pace Sundwall was born April 4th 1995 into the welcoming arms of his mother, Marinda Ann Pace. An instant bond was formed between the two that will last forever. On March 26, 1997 the amazing gift of Shay’s life was shared with his father Kory Arthur Sundwall forming another forever bond, when he and Marinda were married a new, happy family was born.
On January 9th, 1998 the family unit was complete when Shay welcomed his baby sister, Karyssa Gwynn-Adele Sundwall. Immediately another forever bond was created. Shay was a beautiful, respectful, happy, energetic and amazing child all the way through his youth. He enjoyed video games, camping, family get-togethers, hanging out with his cousins and grew into an amazing young man.
On May 29th, 2015 Shay gave his father the greatest gift imaginable by legally changing his last name to Sundwall.
On April 4th 2014 Shay met Brianna Holbrook and they had their first “date” at Burger King. They instantly became best friends and spent every day together after. Shay was deeply loved by Brianna’s entire family and his new siblings saw him as a close, loving, older brother.
He came on many family vacations, adventures and saw the arches, ocean and beach for the very first time. He loved Family Home Evening and often had the best suggestions on what to do for activities. His sense of humor and ability to diffuse sibling and teenage “drama” with humor had us all laughing.
On February 28th, 2015 Shay and Brianna “sealed the deal” and were married. It was the best day of Brianna’s life despite getting appendicitis and having surgery the day before the wedding! The two families pulled together and helped create an amazing wedding service despite the challenging circumstances.
Shay was very loving with Brianna and their “Honeymoon” was spent with Shay caring tenderly for Brianna on a makeshift bed in their parent’s living room until she finally recovered from her difficult surgery.
Their unique start continued with their unique love of many animals…Snakes, Rats, Birds, Dogs, Hissing Cockroaches and many others. Neighborhood children would visit their home “zoo” frequently to hold and see the animals. There was never a dull moment at their home.
Shay will be sorely missed by so many that loved him. He passed away on December 18th, 2015 and will be forever in our hearts.
Funeral Services for Shay will be held Wednesday, December 23rd, at 11:00 am, at the Spanish Trails Ward Chapel, 452 West 525 South, Spanish Fork, Utah, where a Visitation will be held prior from 10:00 am to 10:45 am. Interment in Mapleton Cemetery, 620 West Maple, Mapleton, Utah.