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    Default Blue Skies to Mike Shaver- Team Precious Metal.

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    While a few in the air race community have heard of the unfolding events, Mike’s death is now public knowledge. Mike was a key member of the team, having worked on many of the systems for PM over the years. If you’ve ever been in the pits, you’ve seen him tirelessly working away. He was a somewhat quiet person, with a great sense of humor and an undying sense of love and duty towards his two children.

    To make the story short, Mike didn’t show up to work for three days at Disney and was laid off. He seemingly dropped off the map, and over a long period of time none of his co-workers, family or friends were able to make contact with him. He only answered text messages for a while, often with replies far out of character for him. No transactions were made on any of his bank accounts, and all his on-line activity stopped. As family and friends sought each other out, a childhood friend asked the local police to file a missing person’s report. The sheriff’s department searched his property and found his remains buried beneath a hastily poured concrete “ Pit”. Perhaps the best on-line story is the Daily Mail one at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5488619/. It has become a national story as it unfolded, and the main suspect is his long time abusive wife. The local LE is working to complete a case and has shared nothing with the public yet.

    The circumstances around his death overshadow the memory of a great guy who loved his children above all else. He was always in the thick of things turning wrenches, sweating and fighting to keep PM alive. A hard worker, he gave so much to the team and will be missed in the future for sure. His sense of humor was intelligent and understated...but always funny. He was not unknown to tie wrap an exhausted team member into the chair they were sleeping in after many hours work to keep PM in the air. His family, co-workers, friend and team mates have connected and together remember him and hope for justice in his death.

    Blue Skies Mike, you are missed!

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    While a few in the air race community have heard of the unfolding events, Mike’s death is now public knowledge. Mike was a key member of the team, having worked on many of the systems for PM over the years. If you’ve ever been in the pits, you’ve seen him tirelessly working away. He was a somewhat quiet person, with a great sense of humor and an undying sense of love and duty towards his two children.

    To make the story short, Mike didn’t show up to work for three days at Disney and was laid off. He seemingly dropped off the map, and over a long period of time none of his co-workers, family or friends were able to make contact with him. He only answered text messages for a while, often with replies far out of character for him. No transactions were made on any of his bank accounts, and all his on-line activity stopped. As family and friends sought each other out, a childhood friend asked the local police to file a missing person’s report. The sheriff’s department searched his property and found his remains buried beneath a hastily poured concrete “ Pit”. Perhaps the best on-line story is the Daily Mail one at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5488619/. It has become a national story as it unfolded, and the main suspect is his long time abusive wife. The local LE is working to complete a case and has shared nothing with the public yet.

    The circumstances around his death overshadow the memory of a great guy who loved his children above all else. He was always in the thick of things turning wrenches, sweating and fighting to keep PM alive. A hard worker, he gave so much to the team and will be missed in the future for sure. His sense of humor was intelligent and understated...but always funny. He was not unknown to tie wrap an exhausted team member into the chair they were sleeping in after many hours work to keep PM in the air. His family, co-workers, friend and team mates have connected and together remember him and hope for justice in his death.

    Blue Skies Mike, you are missed!
    A tragic story, indeed. With hopes for justice, my condolences to his family, friends and co-workers. Rest easy, sir.
    Owen Ashurst
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    Default Re: Blue Skies to Mike Shaver- Team Precious Metal.

    Blue Skies & Tailwinds to Mike Shaver. When PM is flying again it should be in memory of Mike.
    Lockheed Bob

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    Default Re: Blue Skies to Mike Shaver- Team Precious Metal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lockheed Bob View Post
    Blue Skies & Tailwinds to Mike Shaver. When PM is flying again it should be in memory of Mike.
    As much as we all want her flying again, we now have even more reason to work towards the goal of her turning around the pylons again. Locally, a neighbor hosted a memorial service for him that included team members, friends and co-workers of his. He certainly won't be forgotten....tribute ideas are being considered now.

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    Default Re: Blue Skies to Mike Shaver- Team Precious Metal.

    One of Mike's friends put together this video memorial for him:


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    Default Re: Blue Skies to Mike Shaver- Team Precious Metal.

    Tragic. Condolences to the family and friends. I talked to him in the pits a few times. Just a good old fashioned nice guy.
    You'll get your chance, smart guy!

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    Default Re: Blue Skies to Mike Shaver- Team Precious Metal.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fence Sence View Post
    Tragic. Condolences to the family and friends. I talked to him in the pits a few times. Just a good old fashioned nice guy.
    So sad, way to young.

    When you guys come to the air races, bring something PM relate, like a large banner.

    It could be "In Memory of Our Friend Mike Shaver, RIP" or something and have it on display for everyone to sign.

    Something you can take back home and proudly display.

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