May 30, 1972 – July 19, 2020
Shawn Babendure, a devoted husband, loving father, and proud public servant "never met a stranger." The people he came into contact with were only friends he didn't yet know.
Born on May 30, 1972 to David and Susan Babendure, Shawn came into the world with bright blue eyes and a never ending smile. A 1990 graduate of Cypress Creek High School in Houston, Texas, Shawn had big dreams and a heart for service.
Joining the U.S. Army in 1993, he was trained as a radio and secure communications repair specialist as the Army’s National Training Center at Fort Irwin. As a member of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Specialist Babendure qualified as an expert marksman on the M-16 and attended Airborne School at Ft. Benning where he became airborne qualified and received his parachutist badge.
Clearly a talented and professional soldier, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Army Commendation Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. He served nearly four years before being honorable discharged to pursue his higher education goals.
Upon graduating from the University of Houston-Downtown in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree, he entered the financial services industry. He joined his dad's team at UBS Financial Services in 2006.
But Shawn Babendure wasn't done with his public service. He joined the Spring Fire Department in 2007 after completing his Firefighter I certification. He loved being a firefighter in his home community and rose through the ranks from volunteer firefighter to senior captain in 2014 and District Chief in 2017.
Chief Babendure's firefighter certifications are many, including Intermediate Firefighter, Confined Space Rope Rescue I & II, Emergency Vehicle Operator Training, Hazmat, Trench Evacuation/Rescue, Building Construction, Fire Behavior, Boat Safety, National Incident Management and so many others.
His greatest joy happened in May of 2008 when Jessica Schlesinger said "I do" and became Jessica Babendure. With the arrivals of daughter, Sophia, and son, Harrison, Shawn Babendure's world became even brighter. His family was his everything.
Shawn was also a huge sports fan. He loved coaching Sophia’s soccer team. An avid supporter of his Houston Cougar teams, Shawn loved attending Houston Astro games where he’d be at batting practice with his glove trying to catch a fly ball.
Shawn Babendure passed away on July 19, 2020 after an almost two year battle with glioblastoma. He will be forever missed by anyone lucky enough to be in his presence, especially his loving family.
Preceded in death by his father, David Babendure, Shawn Babendure is survived by his wife, Jessica (Schlesinger) Babendure, daughter, Sophia, son, Harrison, mother, Susan Babendure, sister Pia (Babendure) Kutten, Sister, Nicole (Babendure) Moore and husband, Josh Moore, as well as many cousins, nephews and a niece.
A private service will be held. Please leave remembrances and messages of condolence below.
In lieu of flowers, donations on behalf of Shawn Babendure to the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation would be appreciated. The foundation’s mission is to eradicate brain cancer through research, advocacy, and awareness. Donations can be made online at https://www.drmarnierose.org
- Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation
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July 29, 2020
When I first joined the fire service, Shawn (Capt) was my Senior Captain at Station 77 with the Spring Volunteer Fire Department. I also lived a few houses down from Shawn and his family in the Enchanted Oaks Subdivision. Shawn always had a smile on his face, was always welcoming, and always motivating. One of the last things Shawn told me was how my pursuit of education would separate me from everyone else in the fire service. I am grateful to have met such a wonderful good-hearted person who could care less about how you looked or where you came from but treated you like family. May God Bless the Babendure Family during this time.
July 28, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. May you feel the warmth and love of your family and your community, especially now, and may his memory be a blessing.
Marian & Martin Golan
July 28, 2020
Dear Pia, Wishing you the comfort of your family and friends during this trying time. May Shawn's memory be a blessing. Best, Marian & Martin (from BK)
July 28, 2020
Dear Pia and family,
We are so sorry for your loss.
All of our very best wishes,
Martin, Melina, Tal, Noah, Gabe and Hope
Richard M. "Beauregard" Lauterbach
July 26, 2020
A call dropped just before I started a shift one day a bit ago. After checking with my chain of command, I drove to another station to join my assigned crew. However, more calls dropped. Instead, Chief Babs picked me up and I rode with him for a bit. During that ride I saw first hand how he seemed to do everything at once and all to help others. He kept track on the status of one call, we responded to another (he quickly resolved it while helping to relieve the home owners of worry and embarrassment), he helped me work through some training troubles, and he shared about his family. Even with all that was going on and helping so many, his family was still on his mind.
Fast forward to this past Friday. I was troubled by some personal issues. As I mulled the thoughts over, I suddenly thought about sitting in the truck with Chief Babs again. I imagined us talking more as we drove about helping others. Soon, some new thoughts and perspective came to me that had not been there before. It was as if he knew one of his volunteers needed some help. So, he responded and helped, because that's who he is and what he does.
Like so many, just as he helped me before passing, I know he continues to help me after passing. He will always be there listening for the call to help and answering it. For his brothers and sisters in the fire service and for his family.
July 25, 2020
Shawn was our financial planner at UBS, but he was more than that. From the first time we met Shawn the first thing we noticed was his smile and his ability to make you feel at home. He will be missed and our sympathy goes out to his family and friends.
Chuck & Alicia Stobbe
July 24, 2020
Shaun was a real gentleman at all times, on the phone or in person. I am so very fortunate to have known him.
I knew him when he and his wife took their first baby home. He was so happy. This is so sad.
My most sincere condolences to his wife, his two children and all his family. Sincerely Yvonne Nelson
July 23, 2020
By far, one of the most humble and caring individuals I have ever met. I only had the opportunity to talk to Chief Babendure on three occasions during my rookie year; I wish I had conversed with him many more times. Honestly, one talk was all it took to know what type of person this modest man was. I would like to share one memory; our first conversation. I had never met Chief, yet when we talked for the first time, it felt as if I was talking to a longtime friend. He had started the conversation by asking how my rookie year was going, to which I replied rough but fun. After that, he shared memories of his first year in the fire service, which cued me to then ask him for tips on how to make my first year run smoother, which he then shared, of course. That conversation was, as they call it, “short but sweet”. Chief was just so easy to talk to. He had a million dollar smile that was welcoming. He was such a great guy. To his family: I would like to thank you for sharing Shawn with the Spring Fire Family. I am fortunate to have met such a warm and humble individual.
July 23, 2020
Words cannot express my deepest sympathy for the loss of your beloved Shawn. Your family holds a special spot in my heart always.
July 22, 2020
Shawn, I am so grateful that we were friends. You had a smile that literally would light up a whole room. You were super kind and always fun to be around. Rest in Peace. You will be missed.
July 22, 2020
When I started at the Spring Fire Department in 2018, District Chief Babendure was one of the first to welcome me and offer me his assistance, an offer he lived up to time and time again. I also have had the privilege of becoming friends with Jessica through the Fire Wives group. The two of them were a team through and through.
Through Shawn's cancer battle, Jessica has been his fiercest advocate. The love these two shared and the family they built are a testament to the amazing people they are and why they were so perfect for each other.
Shawn's love of the fire service and love of family went hand in hand. He brought his family to fire station events whenever possible. He motivated and inspired everyone around him to be their best. When he smiled, you had to smile back. It was that infectious.
We all miss him greatly. The Spring Fire Family will always be there for Jessica, Sophia, and Harrison.
I only regret not getting a photo with Chief Babs, but I will never ever forget him.
July 22, 2020
The Babendures were great friends of my family when I was growing up in Houston in the early 80s. My two brothers and I knew Shawn well, and my abiding memory of him is all of us laughing hysterically together. He brightened the room, even at a young age, and will be missed.
July 21, 2020
I knew Shawn briefly through work, but you would have thought I’d known him a lifetime. Everything I read about him here is the same as I encountered. Such a charismatic, friendly person, so incredibly proud of his beautiful family. I pray for all of you to have strength to carry on his great legacy. I’m so sorry for your loss.
July 21, 2020
I knew Shawn growing up from elementary school through high school. He literally was one of the most polite and nicest guys ever. My thoughts go out to his family and friends during these difficult times.