'He had such a big, generous heart'

Popular owner of Body by Scotty feared drowned in Lake Coeur d'Alene

Print Article

Scott Shawver, owner of Body by Scotty, put on annual block parties on Third Street in Post Falls for 18 years.

COEUR d'ALENE - The owner of a Post Falls auto body shop is missing and believed to have drowned Saturday in Lake Coeur d'Alene.

Gary Scott "Scotty" Shawver, 57, is reported to have jumped into the lake near Stevens Point, south of Tubbs Hill, shortly before 7:30 p.m. He was attempting to retrieve an item that fell from a boat he was in, and he was not wearing a life jacket at the time. Shawver was unable to make it back to the boat.

Marine and dive units from the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office responded, but were unable to locate Shawver. The water depth in the area is roughly 140 feet.

The sheriff's SONAR team will continue searching.

"It's just such a huge loss, not only to his family and friends, but to the community," said friend and Post Falls City Councilor Kerri Thoreson, who heard the news when friends began texting her Sunday morning.

"He had such a big, generous heart," she said. "I think I'm still in shock. I do know that life happens, and sometimes things that happen are unexplainable, but gosh, this was just such a great time for him. Everything was happening good in his life, which makes it especially tragic. He will be very, very missed in this community."

Shawver was a partial owner until December of Body by Scotty on Third Street in Post Falls. The shop is known for annual block parties held on the site for 18 years. The party was canceled last year after the event grew too large, with an estimated 4,000 people attending.

He opened a new business earlier this year, Scott Shawver's Autobody and RV, 2915 Seltice Way, Post Falls, with his fiancee, Stephanie Knox, and sister, Tracy Christopherson.

Christopherson said her brother was very excited about his new business.

"He was the happiest he's been. Everything was on track. He was very excited about his crew he had working for him. It's a tragedy," Christopherson said. 

"Scott was an incredible human being. He'd give you the shirt off his back," said Post Falls Chamber of Commerce CEO Pam Houser. Houser has been a friend and colleague of Shawver's for about 16 years, and she said they've shared many meals together.

"He's supported me personally in the Chamber and to raise money for the Chamber, the food bank, the Boys and Girls Club. He's really supportive of economic development in our community," she said. "His main goal always seemed to be caring for other people and what he could do for someone else."

"I can't believe that he's gone," she said. "I just can't."

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction in Shawver's business ownership and add quotes from his sister. 

Print Article

Read More Local News

Former Rathdrum woman sentenced for insurance fraud

October 16, 2017 at 2:17 pm | Coeur d'Alene Press BOISE—A former Rathdrum resident was sentenced to up to four years in prison for insurance fraud. Nora Washburn, 32, now of Spokane, was sentenced last week by First District Judge Scott Wayman, af...

Comments

Read More

Letting go of the silence

October 16, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d’ALENE — Carla Fine's life would never be the same after Dec. 16, 1989. That's the day she found her husband, Harry, a successful doctor, dead in his medical office after he injected himself ...

Comments

Read More

School and Senior Lunches

October 16, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Week of Oct. 16-20 Coeur d’Alene School District • Elementary Breakfast: Monday — Fuel-up nutri-grain bar Tuesday — Powerful punch bread Wednesday — Superman sausage Thursday — Creamy a...

Comments

Read More

ON THE AGENDA: Your local government, schools in action

October 16, 2017 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press This list of local and government meetings taking place this week includes just some highlights from published meeting agendas that are available. To view the complete agendas, visit the web addresse...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2017 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X