Shawn Richard Tracey

August 21, 1965November 17, 2018
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Sadly and much too soon, God wrote the final verse of Shawn's life, and he passed away at the age of 53. Shawn used to say that his music writing kept him close to God and we are consoled that he is now with his Savior.

Shawn is survived by his loving son Aaron, devoted partner Sandy and her loving daughters Elizabeth and Jacquelyn. He considered Barb and Jim his mother and brother in law. Shawn was predeceased by his parents Lawrence and Grace Tracey. Canadian relatives include cousins: Nancy, Wendy and Darlene. A brief (but incomplete) list of close friends include: Greg, John,Jim, Lew and Al.

The colors green and white were near to Shawn's heart as he was a diver at MSU. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and went into law enforcement. He was a federal agent in the customs department working at metro airport, the Ambassador bridge, the railroad and other points of entry. He also worked with troubled youths during his early career.

It seemed that Shawn could fix almost anything and spent many years working in construction, home remodeling and exterior house painting. He was especially proud to have painted many historic homes on Ann Arbor's Old West Side.

Most important to Shawn was his music writing and his band Gods Country. He recorded in Nashville his songs "God's Country" and "The Gift". He received a top 10 nomination for best new Christian Country Artist of the year including a ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry. His song "God's Country" reached #24 on the charts and appealed to both Christian and Secular listeners. He also enjoyed performing at Support the Troop rallies through a partnership with the Vietnam Veterans Association.

Volunteerism and his love of sports were combined by his coaching of Aaron's baseball teams. Also, he and close friend John were stadium announcers for Dexter JV and freshman football games.

Shawn loved the outdoors and was a hunter and fisherman. He and Aaron spent many years on Stone Ledge Lake at their family cottage. Salmon fishing was his latest passion. He fished the last two fall seasons at a dam in Benzie County with Aaron and friends.

We, his adoring family, wish to sincerely thank his exceptional health care teams including Dr. Tareq Al Baghdadi MD, Dr. Julie Soriano MD, Chelsea Cancer Care and Great Lakes Hospice.

Celebration of life to be held Saturday December 1st at Hosmer Muehlig 3410 Broad St. Dexter MI 48130. Officiated by Pastor's Brown Kinnard and William Donahue. Visitation 10:00 a.m. with a service at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice or Chelsea Cancer Center. Please share a memory of Shawn with his family at


  • Memorial Visitation Saturday, December 1, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 1, 2018

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Beth Ann Vaughn

November 30, 2018

Shawn and friends performing at the Eagles Club last summer as part of a fundraiser to fight Cancer. He was a warrior.

Beth Ann Vaughn

November 30, 2018

Having time to prepare for Shawn's transition doesn't really make this any easier. I only hope the fact that he was truly larger than life and has left so many funny stories and great memories in our hearts will make it possible for us all to crack a smile through the tears once in a while. Shawn was an enthusiastic participant in our annual Christmas party and brought lightness and laughter into all of our lives. I am so glad that I got to know him and so glad I can share this photo of him proudly wearing the 2015 "gag hat" from our traditional holiday party. ;-) R.I.P Shawn - you left your unique mark on our lives!

Diane Rickert

November 30, 2018

Go Green!!
You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

David Bruni

November 29, 2018

David Bruni

November 29, 2018

In the few years I got to know Shawn, I will remember him as;
A man who loved his son with all his heart.
A man who believed in Friends & Family first - his needs always came last.
A hard working man.
An artist.
A man who battled cancer with great veracity, never giving in, and continuing to live his life to the fullest.
An inspiration.
A good friend to everyone.

And oh yeah, he loved his fishing!

Sara Camara

November 27, 2018

Dear Aaron and Family, I am truly sorry to hear of Shawn's passing. Shawn was one of the very first people to embrace me when I moved in what was the small village of Dexter. He was real, genuine, and kind. He was a good man, and a good friend. May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may the Lord give you the strength to bear the pain.

Irene & John Esposito

November 25, 2018

Dear Aaron, Sandy & Family -

We cannot express how very sorry we are for your loss. Shawn really fought and was such a strong person. We have so many wonderful memories with Shawn. Whether it was watching Shawn and John coaching Aaron and Vincent on the baseball field or hearing Shawn and John's half time show at Al Ritt.

Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are here for all of you if you need anything.

May He Rest In Peace.
Irene, John, Anthony & Vincent