Family members remember, honor two USU plane crash victims

Jun 28, 2022, 7:40 PM | Updated: Jun 29, 2022, 7:36 am

CACHE COUNTY, Utah — It’s interesting how the little things are what families always remember.

Tom Carpenter will never forget his son’s grin that started at about 2 years old.

“We were living in Florida and there was a screened porch that to get to, you had to go through two glass doors. Michael went in there and he looked at us and gave us that grin and locked the door,” Tom Carpenter said with a laugh. “So, I went to the other glass door, and he bolted to it and locked it before I could get here and giggled.”

That was one of the first memories he has of his son’s grin, which laughed a lifetime. His son’s grin laughed.

“Michael was the jokester, 100%,” Tom said with another laugh.

All those laughs are now helping the family get through all the tears.

Michael Carpenter was one of two people killed in a small plane crash in Cache County this past Friday.

Two members of USU Aviation program killed in plane crash

But instead of focusing on how his life ended, they’re thankful for how he lived.

“Canoeing, kayaking, hiking, four-wheeling, snowshoeing, skiing,” said Tom Carpenter, along with his brother and sisters and mother naming things he liked to do.

“If there was adrenaline involved, he was there,” his father said.

There was also that mustache he was so proud of, and the two-thumbs up pictures, no matter what the situation.

“He was incredible, amazing, loving. He helped anybody,” Michael’s mother, Sandy Carpenter, said.

Tom Carpenter will especially cherish their time together with the U.S. Air Force, serving in the same unit overseas.

(Courtesy: The Carpenter family)

That father/son connection was highlighted in a video the Air Force put together.

“It was amazing,” Tom said. “I actually commented to him once or twice that I feel like I cheated them because I got to spend that time as an adult with him in that situation.”

(Courtesy: The Carpenter family)

Carpenter, who had graduated from Utah State University’s Aviation Technology program, was working on an FAA certification when the crash happened.

The other man in that plane, Blake Shumway, was his certified flight instructor, who had just started working with Utah State University last September.

Like Carpenter, Shumway comes from a close-knit family.

“We’re doing OK. It’s hard. We kind of go in waves,” Blake’s mother, Lisa Shumway, said. “We’ll be doing okay and then we’ll see a picture and start to get sad all over again.”

Lisa said her son loved flying and was working to fly for a commercial airline one day.

“He really fell in love with flying when he got back from his mission in Washington,” she said.

Her son also loved his mustache, which, she laughs, is a pilot thing.

Blake Shumway also adored his wife, Susannah Woodbury.

His mother said she was the first woman who really got his attention. And vice-versa.

“She saw him, it was on a dating app. And she saw him, he was repelling hanging upside down on an arch. And she said to her mom, ‘I did that, too. I’ve got to talk to this boy,’” Lisa said.

Their one-year wedding anniversary was just a week ago, after countless adventures hiking, rock-climbing and being outdoors.

“They probably did more together in the one year they had than most couples do in ten,” Lisa said.

Woodbury sent this statement about her husband, saying, “If I could go back in time, I would go back and marry Blake over and over again, despite the hole that will forever be in my heart. No words can describe the pain I feel, but I will forever cherish the time I got to spend with my happy curly red hair, freckled face boy.”

Now, two families are connected in a way neither would ever choose. But both of them are looking back at the fun memories they’re grateful they have.

“He was just a good guy,” Lisa said.

“We’ll miss him and we’ll get through it,” Tom said. “We have great memories.”

Shumway’s funeral is set for Thursday at 11 a.m. at Solitude Ski Resort.

It’s a place he loved.

Shumway’s visitation will be Wednesday, at Lindquist Mortuary in Syracuse from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Carpenter’s funeral will be Saturday, July 2, at 11 a.m. at the Canyon Ridge Stake Center at 1911 E. 1850 South in Spanish Fork.

There are also GoFundMe accounts set up for the families of both men:

*KSL TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

On Saturday, the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church formally opened its doors as the newest dedicated s...

Brittany Tait

Utah’s newest Greek Orthodox Church ready to welcome worshippers

On Saturday, the St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church formally opened its doors as the newest dedicated sacred space in the valley.  

5 hours ago

Crews in the Ashley National Forest are working to contain a fire on the Flaming Gorge Ranger Distr...

Mark Jones

A new fire near Flaming Gorge Reservoir started up Saturday

Crews in the Ashley National Forest are working to contain a fire on the Flaming Gorge Ranger District, south of Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

6 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump is helped off the stage at a campai...

Mark Jones

Utah leaders react to assassination attempt at Trump rally in Pennsylvania

Former President Donald Trump was rushed off a stage at a Pennsylvania rally Saturday by U.S Secret Service agents after apparent gunshots were heard in the crowd.

7 hours ago

White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park. (Ravell Call)...

Mark Jones

2 people dead after getting lost hiking at Canyonlands National Park

Officials at Canyonlands National Park say two people were found dead inside the park on Friday.

9 hours ago

Members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee visited Welfare Square Friday. (The Church of Je...

Mark Jones

Congressional committee tours Welfare Square

Members of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee visited Welfare Square Friday.

10 hours ago

The BYU Rocketry Team took home three awards at the 2024 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico. (Brig...

Emma Benson

BYU Rocketry Team blasts off at intercollegiate competition

The BYU Rocketry Team took home three awards at the 2024 Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico.

13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Family members remember, honor two USU plane crash victims