Brett Shanley

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Brett Randall Shanley
March 11, 1994 - July 17, 2016
Brett Randall Shanley, our blue-eyed baby boy, was the second child born to Kurt and Nicole Shanley on March 11, 1994. He joined his big sister, Erika, who was four years older. We knew from an early age that Brett wasn't the type of person for a passive interest. He was either not interested or it became a passion.
His first interests, as just a tiny little guy, were the vacuum cleaner and the lawn mower which progressed to loving anything with a loud engine. This led Brett, at age three, to escaping from the house into his dad's pickup and putting it into neutral and then backing into the street - numerous times. This behavior could only be curbed by his dad having to place a big chain on the front door.
At the age of four, Brett became a big brother to Sydnee. Shortly after the arrival of his baby sister, the Shanley family moved to their present home west of Homedale in the country. This new environment opened up a whole new world for Brett with many adventures exploring the big outdoors. Brett enjoyed bird hunting trips with his dad, uncles and family friends. Later he enjoyed annual hunting trips to Cow Creek with his dad and friends.
The country also provided a great opportunity for his next passion - motorcycle riding. From motorcycles, it was a natural progression to derby cars. By age six, it is pretty safe to say that Brett had become an authority on derby cars - to the extent that his suggestion for the theme and paint scheme for his Uncle Nick's car in 2000 made it possible for him to win the "best-looking" car trophy. His derby car obsession forced his dad out of retirement so that he could supervise the building of the car and become crew chief and head strategist. This began years of planning and preparation for the day when he would have his own derby car. This entailed literally thousands of his drawings which he would proudly display in his room, on the fridge or any open wall space he could find. In the year 2015, this obsession paid off with Brett Shanley taking home the trophies for Best Looking Car and the Championship.
Brett participated in many activities growing up including baseball, raising 4-H pigs, optimist football, basketball and wrestling where his dad nicknamed him Captain Insano. Of all these early activities, the sport he loved the most was football. He was a wide receiver and a defensive back wearing the #21 jersey. Brett was proud to be a 4th generation Trojan.
Brett was not a fan of crowds or of any attention being brought to himself, but his love of Homedale football brought him back to town on Friday nights - even when he was attending school in Pocatello.
Through his loves and obsessions, he developed many life-long friendships. Brett graduated from Homedale High School in 2012. During his high school years, Brett developed an interest and a talent for welding which led him to attend ISU's welding program.
In 2012, Brett became an uncle to Erika's daughter. Oaklee was a great source of joy and adoration in his life. She lovingly referred to him as "MY Uncle Brett."
Even though he hated crowds, he didn't let that keep him from attending his sister Sydnee's softball games. If he didn't feel up to all the people, you could find him parked in his big black Dodge pickup by right field.
In the last two years, Brett has helped his dad at the family tarp business but had plans to go back to ISU and finish his last semester at welding school. Recently in his spare time, he greatly enjoyed making modifications and tinkering on his pickup in his dad's shop. His early love of all vehicles had carried on into adulthood.
We are grateful that Brett was lucky enough to grow up in the close-knit community of Homedale. Here he was surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and a large network of friends.
Because Brett was an extremely private person, not many knew of his personal struggles. He overcame many difficulties in his life and continued fighting until the time of his death. To be loved by Brett was a very special thing, and he has left a great impact on all those who loved him. Though his passing leaves a void in the lives of all who adored him, we can be comforted that now Brett is free.
Brett leaves behind his parents, Kurt and Nicole, his sisters, Erika and Sydnee, his niece, Oaklee, his grandmother, Lida Sweet, his grandparents, Rick and Mil Shanley, his uncles, Greg (Lisa) Sweet, Wally (Julie) Sweet, Nick (Jessica) Shanley, Kyle (Vanessa) Shanley, an aunt, Janet (Byron) Grassman , and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Monte Sweet, his uncle, Randy Shanley, his great grandparents, and his childhood friend, Conner Landa.
In closing, in lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations are made in Brett's name to Homedale High School football. His service will be held on Friday, July 22nd at the Homedale High gymnasium at 11:00 a.m. with interment immediately following at the Homedale/Marsing cemetery.
Condolences can be given at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com

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Homedale, ID 83628
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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 21, 2016