Shon Keone Wilson was born in Cedar City, Utah, on June 25, 1974 to Linda LaVeve Wilson and Richard Ray Wilson. He grew up in Cedar City, sometimes attending Cedar High School, where he excelled at debate. He achieved the level of Eagle Scout and used those skills for the rest of his life. Shon and Regan were married on a rainy day in Las Vegas on March 28, 1998.
When he finally decided to take his education seriously, he got a degree in construction management and his master’s in business administration. Shon attended Southern Utah University, where he was a founding member of the SUU Sigma Chi chapter.
He became a general contractor and, alongside his father, he built two successful subdivisions in Cedar City. Shon was known for his quality workmanship, his attention to detail, and making sure the people he did work for were delighted with what he had created for them.
Every year at Fiddler’s Elementary when Linda was principal, she called on volunteers to help with the Halloween carnival. Linda didn’t always love putting together the carnival, but Shon, his friends, and his fraternity brothers always showed up to help things go smoothly; he would do anything for his mom.
Shon loved to golf, and he had a mean short game. He was an amazing driver, as long as he was in a Jeep. If it had an engine, Shon knew how to fix it. He did his fastest time through the Gorge in his uncle’s Porsche 911. His uncle, Lance, shared his love of cars with his nephew. Shon competed professionally in rock crawling and raced the NORRA 500, and for many years, he helped to organize one of the biggest off-road races in the United States, the King of the Hammers.
One of Shon’s favorite places was Lake Powell, where he spent time Sea-Dooing with his wife, parents, brothers, sister, and his cousins Josh, Rachelle, Gabe, and Carly Whetten. He loved to golf with his brothers and his dad when they visited Lake Powell. He was often the “fix-it” guy on the boat, and many trips would have been ruined if Shon hadn’t been there to fix the air conditioning, the ice maker, the Sea-Doos, the boat, and everything that can go wrong on a boat. When he wasn’t fixing something or indulging in Chex Mix, he was playing bridge with his parents and his aunt and uncle Lance and Peggy Whetten. But the real competition was cribbage; his brother Tony described Shon’s strategy as “manipulating the odds of winning.”
Shon was so proud of all of his nieces and nephews. He started every conversation with them by saying, “Tell me something awesome.” And he listened. He was often a mentor, but he was the proudest big brother, and he was always there to bail out his siblings when they called — which was almost daily. Shon had a place in his heart for everybody in his life, and his in-laws were among his best friends. He treated his nephew Gus as if he were a blood relative.
The phone was always ringing with people asking for advice; Shon had at least 25 people who considered him their best friend. But his wife was the love of his life. To earn money to buy her wedding ring, Shon collected thousands of recyclable cans with his grandmother LaVeve.
Shon fought with fibromyalgia for years, and the pain got to be too much. He decided, like everything else, to go out on his own terms.
Shon is survived by his wife of 20 years, Regan Beaudoin Wilson; his parents Rich and Linda Wilson; his siblings Cody and his wife Juliann and their children Taylyn, Jaxon, Lincoln, and Kaia Shonie; Tony Wilson and his wife Azita and their children Auva and Anuhea; Maile Wilson-Edwards and her husband Jayson Edwards; and his dog, Lenny. Shon’s nieces and nephews thought the world of him. As Shon was a child at heart, they often saw eye to eye and played and had so much fun together. Shon couldn’t wait to go to Disneyland with them.
He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Loren and LaVeve Whetten, his paternal grandfather James Wilson, and his dog Lola.
Shon made everybody feel special. He made you feel like you were the only person in the room, and he was one of the most thoughtful and generous people. Some would say he was generous to a fault, but in Shon’s mind there was no fault in giving what he could.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday April 3, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Cedarview Ward chapel (1925 W 320 S, Cedar City, UT). There was a viewing held on Monday April 2, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 N 300 W, Cedar City, UT), and again on Tuesday April 3, 2018, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Cedarview Ward chapel. Interment was in the Cedar City Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the Shon Wilson Memorial Fund is set up at State Bank of Southern Utah for a future project to benefit the youth of Iron County. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com