Shawna Long was born Shawna Marie Scanlon on Halloween; strong and independent, full of spirit, and loving a little unruly mischief. Shawna moved to Colorado after her Kansas upbringing and graduation from the University of Kansas, her eye on the mountainous horizon, in search of her next adventure.
Shawna spent as much time in nature as she could, a very talented rock climber. She was an Outward Bound instructor, made snow at Purgatory, and raft guided through the rivers she adored.
She found the love of her life in a man named Mark Long, and they were blessed with a son - Jake. Although Mark passed soon after, Shawna's selfless character showed through as a devoted mother.
Her friends and family loved her, her compassion, and her incredible sense of humor. She went to impressive lengths for the sake of a joke.
Shawna Long passed away on 12/21/21 - fittingly the darkest day of the year. Her spirit remains rock climbing, swaying to her favorite music, and wherever there are wildflowers.
Memorial service details soon to come. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to La Plata County Humane Society. Lastly, we are seeking the perfect next home for Shawna's pets and welcome any leads (Mixed-breed dogs: Biscuit, 5, and Moki, 7. Cat: Crouton, 7. We intend to keep dogs together).
To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
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MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
Shawna you will be missed by your friends, family, and your beloved fur babies. Your passing leaves a big hole in the Durango community where you made a difference in many lives. I offer my deepest condolences to Jake and all of Shawna's family in this difficult time. See you on the other side my friend, I'll still raise my glass to you on Halloween and remember the good times we shared.
Cindy Lou Conway
January 8, 2022
I always enjoyed Shawna´s sense of humor and liked working with her. I am so sad to hear of her passing. Rest In Peace, Shawna
January 4, 2022
I remember Shawna´s indomitable spirit for the outdoors from so long ago...my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
January 3, 2022
My heart is broken to see my dear friend has passed. Shawna will live in my memories forever! She was kind, loving, and sincere to all who met her. I'm glad I had her in my life.
December 30, 2021
So Sad to hear of Shawna's passing. My sincere condolences to her Family and Friends....