Written by Darla Downs
Shayne R. Flinders, 55, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at his home in Circle.
He was born Feb. 1, 1958, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the son of Reid and Ona Beth (Nay) Flinders. He grew up in the Bitterroot, ranching with his family.
He was active in the local Boy Scout Troops, eventually earning his Eagle Scout badge. He graduated from Corvallis High School in 1976, where he excelled at basketball and academics. After high school he received a basketball scholarship and played for Western Montana College.
He married Kelly Day with whom he had a daughter, Cassandra Rae. After four years, they divorced.
He returned to Western Montana College in 1983 and continued with basketball. Through basketball, he met Christina Jungers and they married Dec. 20, 1984. They had a son, Derek Orion.
In 1986, he graduated with his bachelors in education and got a teaching job in Flaxville. Three years later, they moved to Circle, where they made their home, teaching at the high school, coaching basketball and track and instructing drivers ed.
For the first 12 summers of his teaching career, he worked for the Forest Service in Seeley Lake, with his wife, Chris. During this time, he enjoyed co-ed softball, golfing and spending time with friends and family.
In 1998, he traded the Forest Service for a camper and began the tradition of summer traveling with his family.
He was an avid 49ers and St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Patrice.
He is survived by his wife, Chris Flinders of Circle; his son, Derek Flinders of Helena; his daughter, Cassie Bradford of Spokane, Wash.; his father, Reid Flinders of Corvallis; his sister, Penny Sol of Newman Lake, Wash.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 27, at the Circle High School gymnasium. Interment will follow at a later date.