Funerals Announced for USU Flight Instructor and Student
Funeral plans for Blake Shumway and Michael Carpenter, the Utah State University flight instructor and student who died in a plane crash on Friday, June 24, have been announced by their families.
The service for Shumway will be Thursday at Solitude Mountain Resort’s Last Chance Lodge. Details of visitation with his family in Syracuse, the service, and an opportunity to leave condolence messages for the family, are available by clicking here. The memorial service for Carpenter will be Saturday in Spanish Fork. Details of visitation, the service, and an online condolences book are available here.
“It is devastating to lose any student or member of our staff and my heart goes out to their family and many friends,” said Ken White, dean of USU’s College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences which includes the aviation program. “Everyone connected to the program is very appreciative of the kind thoughts, prayers, and condolences that have been extended to us by people in the broader aviation community. If there is any comfort to be found in this tragedy, it is that these men had a passion for flying and were doing what they loved.”
White said the aviation program continues to move forward with the college’s full support as students, staff, and faculty work through this tragic loss. USU Counseling and Psychological Services professionals were at the aviation program’s Logan- Cache Airport facility following the crash and again on Monday, providing group and individual counseling for students and staff. Those services continue to be available to help people process this loss.
National Transportation Safety Board staff continue to investigate the accident. USU instructors and flight operations staff are prepared to schedule students for instruction and flight time when they feel ready to return to flying. Several USU students resumed flying on Tuesday.
See the KSL news story with the Carpenter and Shumway families here.