Don A. Shore
Don A. Shore CPA of Shell Knob, Missouri passed away on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at the age of 80. Don was born the son of Marion and Ada Shore in Wellington, Kansas in 1940. He graduated from Wellington High School in 1957 and attended Kansas State University where he received a business degree with a major in accounting.
Don moved to Denver, Colorado in the spring of 1961 where he started his first job out of college with Touche Ross, one of the original “Big 8” accounting firms. From there he moved to Grand Junction, Colorado where he served as the Business Manager for Mesa College and later was a partner in the public accounting firm of Coe, Shore, and Lymon in the late1960’s and early 1970’s. Don, his wife Judy and their six children moved from Grand Junction to Naturita, Colorado where he was the chief accounting officer for Williams, Inc.
When the local economy in western Colorado took a downward turn in the late 1970’s, Don and his family went on vacation to Table Rock Lake in southwestern Missouri with his siblings and their families. He fell in love with the lake and the Ozark Mountains. Don and Judy and their family moved to Shell Knob, Missouri in the fall of 1979 where they have lived for the past 41 years. Don opened his local CPA office in Shell Knob where he lived and served the local community, later selling his practice to BRS CPAs where he continued working with clients through this year.
Don was involved in several civic and charitable organizations in his lifetime and he loved working with people. He also served on the Governmental Accounting Committee for the state of Colorado where he helped develop the accounting guidelines for Junior Colleges statewide. For many years he was a member of Lions Club, Bridge House, Elks Club, and he was instrumental in setting up Lions Club in both Naturita and Shell Knob. He also introduced the Lions Club Youth Exchange program in Naturita, CO and again in Shell Knob, Mo. where they then hosted students from Japan, Finland, Italy, Germany, Venezuela and Brazil with many other families. The Shore family was also known for welcoming people into their home over the years who were facing hardship and they helped them turn their lives around.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and especially helping his brother Gail Shore’s family during the annual wheat harvest in Wellington Kansas.
Don is survived by his wife Judy Shore of Shell Knob, Missouri and they were married for 53 years. Don and Judy have six children; Don Shore, Jr. (Kristi) of Montrose, CO, Billie Fienhage (Mike) of Apple Valley, MN, Connie Tinsley (Jeff) of Lampe, MO, Sherri Boston of Shell Knob, MO, Jeff Shore of Springfield, MO, and Wade Shore (Angela) of Superior, CO. Don and Judy also have 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sisters, Pat Rawcliffe of Wichita, Darlene Willis of Shell Knob, and Kathy Fisk of Atlanta. Preceded in death by his Parents and brother Gail Shore of Wellington Kansas.
Funeral services will be held at Lohmer Full Gospel Church in Shell Knob, Missouri on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob, Missouri.
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