Shaw, James D.

On Sunday October 6th, 2019, James “Jim” Denton Shaw age 68, loving husband, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones.

Jim’s story began December 11th 1950, the eldest of two sons born to Denton and Mardi Shaw. He graduated from Helena High School in 1969 then off to college in Bozeman and Missoula.

He was raised at Canyon Ferry Lake. As a teenager his step father, Van Sheriff, hired him to work at the boat docks at yacht basin and I believe that’s where he fell in love with lake life. Jim loved to landscape his property by building gardens and ponds. His passions were boating in the summer, skiing in the winter and reading.

On March 4th 1989 Jim and Debra “Deb” Senecal were married, beginning their life together at the lake.

Jim worked for Asarco for 28 years and after Asarco closed he worked another 13 years at the Secretary of State’s office. Which he called his “retirement job”.

He is survived by his wife Debra Senecal, his brother Barry (Saundra) Shaw, his sister-in-law Vickie (Jerry Oftedahl) Handford, his brother-in-law’s Sam (Angie McDonald) Senecal and Jim Senecal, niece Mandi (Aaron) Gibbs, nephew Michael Hanford and nieces Kelli and Leigh Shaw and Jordan Senecal.

Jim was a wonderful man that was loved, is missed, and will forever be cherished. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Jim’s life on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 1-3 p.m. at 6963 Viscaya road, Canyon Ferry Lake; Jim and Deb’s home.

In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Humane Society or charity of your choice.

Please visit www.retzfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Jim.

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