Wayne A. Shay was born January 17, 1948 to Anthony shay and Cleightie Shay. Wayne along with his two brothers and two sisters spent an idyllic childhood roaming the hills and riverbeds of Buckley, these adventures made him a true lover of nature. As a teen he worked hard and played hard making firewood and bucking hay by day and “cruising” the back roads at night. He loved fast cars. After graduation in 1966 he went to work in the woods at Saint Regis Kapowsin, where under the tutelage of some great experienced tree fallers, he became an expert cutter. He loved taking down a “whale” of a tree and was lucky enough to be part of old growth logging. He spent over 20 years working in the woods. When the camp shut down it was time for him to move on. The one thing he knew other than tree falling was working on and sharpening chainsaws, so he took the leap and started a small saw business. He could not give up tree cutting though and continued to do that with a tree service and stump grinder. He loved hunting and fishing, but mostly working and his family. In 1974, the planets aligned, and he met his wife, Shelley. It was love at first sight and they joined their two families together to become one. Together they raised four daughters and were blessed with a son. Sadly, Wayne was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Although the experts thought five years at best, we were given nine. He fought privately and hard. He is survived by his adoring wife Shelley, daughters Angie Machin (Mark), Kim Shay, Khristie Shay and Emily Brazier, Son Wayne A. Shay Jr. (Amie) and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren that all love and adore him. We will celebrate his life at a later date. Please make a donation in his name to the Buckley Log Show.
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