John Kyle Shumway

  • Born: April 19, 1980
  • Died: February 23, 2010
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

Tribute & Message From The Family


John "Kyle" Shumway was born on April 19, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. He was the first child born to both of his parents, Karen Ruth Porter and Michael Sherman Shumway. He was nicknamed J.K. by his father, but was most commonly known as Kyle by most who knew him.

John Kyle spent his entire life as a resident of of Los Angeles, California. He was a Christian, baptized at age 10, and later rededicated his life to Christ at age 25. He was an intelligent, kindhearted, fun-loving and brave child. He attended Los Angeles Unified Schools: Carthay Elementary School, Paul Revere Middle School, and Palisades High School (grades 9-11), transferred to Culver City High School, and then to Westchester in his senior class year, earning a High School Diploma in June 1998. He attended El Camino Community College in Torrance, California, where he earned an Associate of Science degree in 2001, and thereafter attended Regis University, Denver, Colorado on a NCAA athletic scholarship.

Kyle exhibited an athletic nature at a very early age, enjoying any sport involving a ball. He would impress his grandpa's buddies when chiming in on their sports' discussions, and it was one his grandpa's friend who first signed up Kyle for T-Ball at age 4, which was the beginning of his lifelong journey of team sport competition. At every Little League position Kyle played, someone would shoot, "He's a natural!" He competed in 12U Tennis Doubles tournaments, reaching the California Regional Semifinals in 1992, but his passion was basketball. Kyle played youth basketball at Los Angeles Parks & Recreation's Brentwood and Pacific Palisades park teams, and AAU Basketball from elementary through high school. He played Varsity Boys' Basketball at Palisades Charter High School from 1994 through 1997, each year making an appearance in the City Finals Tournaments, and he excelled a as major cog in that winning machine, and played his senior year at Culver City High School, breaking its conference's all-time record for points scored in a single game. Kyle was ranked by the California Community College Athletic Association ("CCCAA") as one of its top-ranking basketball players for scoring, rebounding, and shot blocking player, as a member of the El Camino Warriors Men's Basketball Team. He named Runner-up Conference Player of the Year, California All-State Honorable Mention Player, All-State First Team Player; and All-Tournament MVP. Kyle gave his trophies to his grandfathers, John Porter and Henry Hunt.

Kyle possessed a keen sense for business, and as a teen, he and his bestfriend and business partner, Philipp, launched their own record label called "Nympho Records", licensed and with a its own logo designed by his partner's mom. He was employed by FedEx and UPS, and also worked as personal security for an elite clientele, but Kyle found a new passion in the Television and Film industry, working for Tenth Planet Productions, producers of AFI Film Awards, CNN Heroes, Daytime Emmys, Comedy Central, just to name a few, working his way up from Production Assistant to Grip, responsibly building and maintaining all the equipment that supports cameras. He was considered to be an exemplary employee because of his strong work ethic, dependability, and pleasant demeanor.

Kyle was a force with the heart of a lion. He could light up a room with his dimpled smile and filled it with his tall stature. He expressed a nearly boundless exuberance for life. He was also the loving protector, especially of his mother and younger brother, Christopher. He was blessed with a heart yearning to please God, which yearning would ultimately guide him over, through, and along life's peaks and valleys, triumphantly.

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010, John Kyle peacefully passed into eternal rest... His memory will forever be cherished as a beautiful and adored son, a super big brother, a loving grandson, nephew, cousin, and true friend.

Kyle is survived by his devoted mother, Karen Porter Wilkes; stepfather, James R. Wilkes; father, Michael Sherman Shumway; brothers, Christopher Wenell; Michael and Kevin Shumway; step-siblings, Blair, Courtney and Oren Wilkes; grandparents, Joan and Douglas Shumway; Uncles, Keith M. Porter (Stacey); Jeffrey, Theodore, and Matthew Shumway; along with a host family and friends. Grandparents, Vitae Hawkins (Porter) Hunt and John C. Porter, preceded him in death.