Shannon Dale Fish was born July 30, 1929 to Marjorie Went and Lawrence Tuttle in Snoqualmie, Washington and passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 23, 2016. Growing up the daughter of an avid hunting and fishing enthusiast she developed an appreciation of the outdoors, streams and rivers in Washington’s Cascade Range at an early age. Playing in the creek and catching crawdads and frogs behind her house was one of her fondest childhood memories. Her life dramatically changed as a teenager when she met the love of her lifetime companion, husband of over 70 years and love of her life, Richard D. Fish. They married in a small white church in Snoqualmie, Washington on August 14, 1945 and promptly embarked on a lifetime of child rearing and holding hands and onto each other in the face of all odds. She proceeded to give birth to 6 children, Richard, Steven, Thomas, Sheila, Shannon and Kelly. Her constant love and dedication to her family was unsurpassed. Always actively involved in her children’s lives as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, head of various committees while promoting a household of learning, love, kindness, sense of humor and activities. In 1970 the local newspaper in Bellevue, Washington took notice of her accomplishment of earning a 4.0 grade point average and graduating from the University of Washington with honors, Sum Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa while raising 6 children by honoring her with a front page article and photograph of herself and family. She also later became a member of the MENSA Society. She and her husband and various family members moved to Boise, Idaho to start a family owned business in which she was actively involved in the early development. She rapidly became involved in the local community, founding Boise’s first Opera Guild. The thrill of business eventually gave way to the enjoyment of becoming a grandmother to 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She also found great pleasure in the benefits of membership at Crane Creek Country Club, swimming at the pool, playing gin rummy with her family poolside and bridge with her friends. She also loved to ride along in the golf cart on the golf course with her husband. She learned to love reading books at an early age and that search for knowledge and the insatiable appetite for learning carried on throughout her life. This intellect came in handy as she watched Jeopardy on a daily basis and rarely missed an answer. Music, movies, the performing arts, travelling and attending the Boise State basketball games with her husband were all activities she enjoyed very much. But nothing compared with spending time with her family. Her quick wit and intellect was only surpassed by her striking natural beauty, lively sense of humor, classy demeanor, vivacious charisma, kind heart and vulnerability that made her so very loveable by all those around her. She truly possessed a grace and elegance that is rarely found. She will be missed as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. However her impact on those she touched will remain with them for a life time.
She is survived by her husband and all of her children. A small family gathering is planned to celebrate her life. Shannon Dale Fish was truly one of a kind, deeply loved and will be missed forever on.
1929 – 2016