CIRCLE — Shayne R. Flinders, age 55, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on Monday, January 20, 2014 at his home in Circle, Mont.
Shayne was born on Feb. 1, 1958, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Reid and Ona Beth (Nay) Flinders. He grew up in the Bitterroot, ranching with his family. He was very active in the local Boy Scout Troops, eventually earning his Eagle Scout badge. Shayne graduated from Corvallis High School in 1976, where he excelled at basketball and academics. After high school he received a basketball scholarship and played for Western Montana College. He married Kelly Day, with whom he had a beautiful daughter, Cassandra Rae. After four years, Kelly and Shayne divorced. He returned to Western Montana College in 1983 and continued on with basketball. Through basketball he met Christina Jungers and they married on Dec. 20, 1984, they recently celebrated their 29th anniversary. They were blessed with a wonderful son, Derek Orion. In 1986, he graduated with his bachelor’s in education and got a teaching job in Flaxville, Mont. Three years later they moved to Circle, where they made their home, teaching at the High School, coaching both basketball and track, and instructing driver's ed.
For the first 12 summers of his teaching career, Shayne worked for the Forest Service in Seeley Lake, Mont., with his wife, Chris. During this time he enjoyed coed softball, golfing, and spending time with friends and family. In 1998 he traded the Forest Service for a camper and began the tradition of summer traveling with his family. This past summer was the best trip yet and he relived it for anyone who would listen, or just couldn’t get away. He loved teaching and coaching his “other” kids, his students, to whom he was known as Chief, Coach, Papa Fliny and occasionally, Mr. Flinders. He was an avid 49ers fan and St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He is survived by his wife, Chris Flinders of Circle; his son Derek Flinders of Helena; his daughter Cassie (Dustin) Bradford of Spokane, Wash.; his father Reid Flinders of Corvallis, Mont.; his sister Penny (Dirk) Sol of Newman Lake, Wash.; his niece Sydney; his nephew Jared; and his two grandchildren, Tyson and Hailey Bradford. Shayne was preceded in death by his mother Ona Beth; his grandparents; an aunt; and an infant sister, Patrice.
Shayne was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family, friends and students.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Circle. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. at the Circle High School Gymnasium. Interment will follow at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com. Should friends desire, memorials may be sent to a charity of choice.