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.

(Courtesy: The Shumway family) (Courtesy: The Shumway family)

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

Top Stories

Local News

West Valley City police car...
Cary Schwanitz

Man in custody after firing shots, police chase in West Valley City

One man was arrested Friday after firing shots in West Valley City and leading police on a chase.
16 hours ago
(Chopper 5/KSL TV)...
Josh Ellis

Greatest snow on Earth: Utah’s snowpack hits record high

Things are about as good as it can get for the Greatest Snow on Earth: Utah has set a record for its statewide snowpack, passing the previous mark set 40 years ago.
16 hours ago
FILE PHOTO: The Chickadee lift is pictured at Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Thursday, Oct...
Madison Swenson

Interlodge in effect at Snowbird, Alta Ski Area

Two ski resorts in Little Cottonwood Canyon are now under interlodge protocol due to active storms in the area.
16 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Karah Brackin

KSL TV flies with all-female medical flight crew from Ogden

A medical flight crew based out of Ogden is making a name for itself as an all-female crew.
16 hours ago
A man shot himself when police arrived to serve a search warrant in an investigation involving chil...
Brooke Williams

Police: Grantsville man shot himself upon police serving search warrant

A man shot himself when police arrived to serve a search warrant in an investigation involving child sexual abuse material.
16 hours ago
Traffic cameras show 300 West and South Temple in Salt Lake Ciy covered in snow Friday. (Utah Depar...
Bridger Beal-Cvetko

‘This is just the appetizer’: More snow expected Friday afternoon

It's nearly April, but the Wasatch Front is preparing for another winter storm that is expected to drop between 1 and 4 inches of snow in the valleys through Friday evening.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Close up of an offset printing machine during production...
Les Olson IT

Top 7 Reasons to Add a Production Printer to Your Business

Learn about the different digital production printers and how they can help your company save time and money.
vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Family members remember, honor two USU plane crash victims