We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Tulocay Cemetery Funeral Home & Crematory
Mark Alan Shamet died peacefully at his home in American Canyon, CA on August 20, 2022, at the age of 62.
He is survived by his wife, Victoria Hargrove; his children: Kaitlan (Steven) of Chicago, IL, Audrey (Kurt) of Chicago, IL, Cy of Kansas City, MO, Phil (Alexis) of Brooklyn, NY, and Claudia of Kansas City, MO; his grandchildren: Charlie and Maribelle of Chicago, IL; his stepchildren: Kenneth and Eva; his brothers: Matt (Beau) of Fairway, KS, Phil (Arleta) of La Cygne, KS and Steve (Stef) of Marlton, NJ; his former wife and mother of his children, Kathleen Chipman of Kansas City, MO and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Shamet and Barbara Sedlock Shamet of Overland Park, KS.
Mark was born in Kansas City, KS on September 29, 1959. He was a graduate of Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, KS (1977), and received a degree in electrical engineering from the Missouri Institute of Technology in Kansas City, MO (1981). Shortly after graduation, Mark moved to the West Coast where he and Kathleen made their home in San Jose, CA and had five children together. Over the years, jobs and homes changed, states were traversed and, ultimately, they parted amicably. Mark stayed in San Jose, and on August 22, 2015 married Victoria, his friend and soul-mate, with whom he enjoyed his final years in music and travel.
He lived his personal and professional life with purpose, perspective and an abundance of generosity. A lover of innovation, he spent the majority of his career in the medical device industry. Throughout his life he found joy in nature (particularly the ocean and most recently gardening), speed (cars and motorcycles), food (cooking and restauranting), travel, music, art and the many relationships and friendships he held dear to his heart. Above all, Mark was a strong believer in finding your happiness, whatever that may be, and loved to help others nurture the joys that called to them.
Always one for a party, Mark requested just that to celebrate his life. The family will be planning an opportunity to raise a glass to Mark – the husband, brother, father, Shampa and friend – in the fall. Details to follow.
For those looking to honor Mark in some way, he was always a fan of random acts of kindness. We encourage you to do one in his honor that feels right for you. For those looking for guidance, as a person with Type 1 diabetes since age 14, Mark held a special place in his heart for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). Donations to the organization in his name would be warmly received.