Stephen Palmer Shaw

July 14, 1972May 17, 2013

Stephen Palmer Shaw, born July 14, 1972, in San Diego, CA, was killed in the line of duty on May 17, 2013. Steve was passionate about all aspects of life, his family, his friends and his work. No matter what the task at hand, Steve gave everything of himself. He was an inspiration and a role model to everyone he encountered - his work ethic, diligence and determination were unparalleled. He served his country for his entire adult life throughout many government agencies, Border Patrol, Diplomatic Security, Customs, and finally to his dream as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He personified the embodiment of being a loyal, selfless, and courageous member of the Hostage Rescue Team. He gave his life in the defense of his country. Servare Vitas. He is survived by his loving wife, son, daughter, sister and mother.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either of the following organizations, Search Dog Foundation, SDF Headquarters, 501 East Ojai Ave., Ojai, CA 93023 (888) 459-4376 or the Children's Hospital Foundation, 2924 Brooke Rd., Richmond, VA 23220 (804)228-5814. Online condolences may be made at


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Jim Sperry

July 2, 2013

RIP, Steve. God bless you and your family. You will always be remembered as a friend and example of a life well lived. Thank you for making my college years all that much better and for the pictures when we visited from Colorado. Of course, thank you for serving our country.

Armando DC

June 19, 2013

From the moment I met Steve he showed many of the great qualities he had as an individual. He always welcomed questions and did not hesitate to assist in whatever way he could. He was a true leader and a great friend.

May 28, 2013

As you turn to God through your tears and sorrow, bear in mind, “He is the healer of the brokenhearted ones”. (Ps.147:3)

C Johnson

May 27, 2013

Stephen reach his goal in his work. He was so happy in his job..He gave it all he could Work, Family and Friends. YOUR THE BEST STEPHEN.
Comfort to his Family and every one he reach and touch through his life.

May 25, 2013

Words cannot express the sorrow my family and I feel at this time. Steve will always be that neighborhood kid on the move, playing with my son and daughter on Angell. We can only imagine what his wife, mom, and sister are going through, as well as his many family members and close friends. This Memorial Day weekend we thank Stephen, the heroic FBI Special Agent, for serving his country with courage and unselfishness. God bless you, Steve! We send our prayers and thoughts to those left behind who so loved you for your goodness and generous spirit.
With deepest sympathy,
The Lippe Family

Wayne and Jennifer Wheatley

May 25, 2013

We want to tell you how sorry we are for your terrible loss. We did not know your husband but did briefly meet him at our daughter's and late son-in-law's house, Becky and Rick vonMeister. Rick worked with your husband at MSD. We want to thank you for being there for him and supporting him in his job defending our country. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and family. God Bless you.

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)

May 25, 2013

~ Christie eleison, Kyrie eleison ~

Rest In Peace, faithful servant.

Beverly Wright, Chapter Secretary

May 25, 2013

The DC Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI extends its deepest sympathy to Stephen's family. We mourn the loss of our colleague who was among the strongest and bravest in our ranks.


May 24, 2013

Stephen led an exemplary life, dedicating it to the service and protection of others; with passion, fearlessness, stalwart commitment and humility. His professionalism was balanced by a rare loyalty, compassion and omnipresent humor. He died tragically but doing what he loved and believed in to his very core. His family and friends will always remember his legacy of love and laughter. You will be honored and missed, Stephen Palmer Shaw. We will love and support your family. God speed and safety to your incredible HRT Brothers.

Jim Styn

May 24, 2013

I have many fond memories of sleeping over at "The Shaw Sheraton" (as Steve called it) when we were kids. Steve was a great friend and so fun to be around. Sending love and hugs to the Shaw family.