John W. Shape | Obituary

In Loving Memory of John W. Shape, 88, a longtime

(46 years) Auburn, Wash., resident. John passed away

peacefully in his sleep of natural causes at iCare Family

Home in Auburn on June 1, 2020.

John was born on December 15, 1931 to John M. Shape

(1906-1952) and Esther Everson Shape Firch (1909-1996).

John was the oldest of three siblings, Ralph (1935-2015)

and Ann, born in 1939. John o en recalled his dad driving

him up to the Pilchuck area to camp with his buddies.

John was a graduate of Franklin High School (Seattle),

class of 1949. A er high school, John enlisted in the United

States Marine Corp in 1951 and proudly served for six


John met Donna Walsh, the love of his life, at Lincoln

Park during a Cascade Treasure Club “Moonlight Hunt.”

They married on May 4, 1974. John and Donna had a ball

raising Connie. John enjoyed camping trips to Pacific

Beach and the Oregon Coast, and traveling to Hawaii.

John enjoyed his work at Crescent Foods in downtown

Seattle from 1952 until he retired in 1993. John worked in

shipping and the warehouse during his long tenure.

John’s life passions started with his loving partnership with

Donna. His other passions were rock hunting and metal

detecting. John was a life-member of four decades in the

Cascade Treasure Club and the Pilchuck Treasure Club.

John’s favorite activities were bowling and stamp collecting

until his grandchildren Ryan and Justin were born. Truly

being “Grandpa” to the boys on a daily basis became a

cherished activity to him and for them.

John is survived by his wife Donna, sister Ann Morrison,

sister-in-law Judie Shape, daughter Connie, 2 grandsons

(Ryan) (Justin), 2 step-grandchildren (Andrea) (Robby),

and great granddaughter (Mylee).

John will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in

Auburn. A larger memorial service will be scheduled

at Mountain View when restrictions allow. Please

make donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation at in lieu of flowers.

John W. Shape