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Shawn Ray Avery

Shawn Ray Avery

Shawn Ray Avery, left us far too soon on September 7th 2019 at the age of 53. He was born July 3rd, 1966 and was adopted by Ray and Jenny Avery. Later in life, he was reconnected with his biological parents, Larry and Jeani Bradford. Shawn grew up traveling Peru with his parents and they settled in the Pocatello area. While in school, Shawn enjoyed wrestling, motorbiking, and hunting with his father, uncles and father-in-law Robert Austin. He graduated from Snake River High School in 1984. He met the love of his life, Christine Austin, in the fall of the same year, they were married in June 1988 and sealed their love for all eternity in the Boise LDS temple in 1990. 

He was a man who was full of life and spirit. He served his 2 year LDS mission in Mexico City. As Shawn aged, he found a spirituality that is not defined by any religion but he loved all religions. He was gifted the ability to see beyond the veil. His experiences in life lead him to write his book Walking With Spirit and also to be privileged to help people in the most special ways. He guided people with his gift by helping them contact those who had crossed over, he was also able to help people with their spiritual growth and direction in their own lives. Shawn and his wife together, not only gave people peace of mind with the ability to perform house clearings but also taught classes centered around Ancient Spiritual Native American sweat lodges. Through his counseling he was able to help people find comfort and closure.

Shawn loved camping with family throughout beautiful Idaho. Some of his favorite activities were sitting around the camp-fire smoking a cigar, riding four wheelers, and shooting guns. 

He was fortunate enough to travel for his career where he able to bring along his wife. The friends they made along the way will forever have a connection with him. Most of all, Shawn loved being with his family. He was a second dad to many people and everyone who met him loved and adored him. His heart was always big enough to help whoever he possible could and he was always ready with his quick wit to share a smile and a joke.

Shawn is survived by his wife, Christine, his father Ray Avery, his birth mother Jeani Bradford, daughter Heather Charters (Dave Charters), granddaughter Abigail Charters, son Tyler Avery (Mckayla Wahl), sister Tonya Avery, his closest friend Terry Murphy and his wife Rosa, and all of his numerous extended family. He is preceded in death by his mother Jenny Avery and his birth father Larry Bradford.

There will be a final visitation on Friday, September 13th at Bella Vida Funeral Home at 9661 W. Chinden Blvd in Boise from 2-5. The first hour is reserved for family only. Please respect the families wishes, as it would be greatly appreciated. From 3 to 4:30 is open to everyone. Then all are invited over to Powderhaus Brewing Company next door for a toast in honor of Shawn at 6 pm. Per Shawn and his wife’s wishes he will be cremated.

We will also be holding a memorial service on Saturday, September 14th at the LDS Church at 5501 N. Meridian Rd. from 12-1. Prior to the service, condolences may be shared with the family from 11 to 11:45, a luncheon will follow the service. 

Later Saturday the 14th we will be holding a celebration of life at 5:30pm at 2391 W. Wolf Rapids Dr in Meridian if you would like to join please RSVP. The family asks that everyone wear a shade of blue as it was his favorite color. 

 Please join us and share all of the wonderful memories and experiences we have been blessed to have with Shawn.


  • Mark Simmons Posted September 13, 2019 1:57 pm

    So very very sorry and sad to hear today that Shawn had left us!!!

    We met Shawn and Chris here in Scottsdale this summer and completely connected with them. What fabulous people. We had planned to meet for dinner this coming January. We will truly miss his work personality and the kind gentleman he was.
    Our prayers to you all!!

    • Mark Simmons Posted September 13, 2019 1:59 pm

      Please excuse the type error…. We will miss his WONDERFUL personality.

  • Michael Yavno Posted September 18, 2019 12:26 am

    Shawn and I became friends when we credentialed together at St. Luke’s several years ago. I am still struggling over his loss, however, I believe that it was his time to cross over the next realm to do more good works there. Shawn encouraged me in many ways while I knew him. I will miss Shawn’s “Avery-isms” very much; one of which is, “Things are exactly the way they are supposed to be. You have to trust in the Universe…” He was always texting me to check in to see how I was doing and once in a while I would call him, usually while we were both on projects for work in different parts of the Country and I would tell him that I was struggling and needed some “Avery-isms.” He would always laugh and encourage me. We had some great talks about life, work, and family. I will miss you very much Shawn. I am proud to have known you and will always treasure the memories of our friendship.

    Your loving friend and bro,


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