Shawn Patrick Whaley

March 5, 1967July 31, 2010

WHALEY, , Shawn P. U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Aviation Survival Technician (ASTCS), 43, of Clearwater, FL died July 31, 2010. Shawn was born in Detroit, MI on March 5, 1967. He graduated from Kofa High School in Arizona in 1985. Shawn enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in Aug. 1988 and served for 22 years. Shawn has received two Coast Guard Air Medals by the President of the United States for his bravery and courage. Most notably on Oct. 1, 1992, he rescued 12 crew members clinging to floating wreckage from the sunken vessel Roatan Express 60 miles west of Ft. Myers. He deployed from the helicopter into dark debris-strewn and fuel covered eight foot seas. He hoisted all 12 crew members and then another after a second deployment in a raft separately from the 12 persons. On March 13, 1993 during the height of "The Storm of the Century" in gale forced winds, assisted three people on board the fishing vessel Erin Moore which was sinking. Shawn deployed into tumultuous seas and rescued all three persons. He has also earned the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, two Humanitarian Service Medals and seven Good Conduct Medals. Shawn was adored by all that were fortunate enough to know him. He was the type of guy that would always put others before himself. He was generous, loving and protective of his family and friends more than anything and always cherished his Coast Guard family. He was truly one of a kind "the life of the party" and always has a comforting smile that made you feel welcome! He touched all of our hearts and will not be forgotten. Shawn is survived by his wife, Lindita; his daughters, Asije - 15 and Kiley - 9; his father, Tom; his mother, Judy; and his sister, Michele. Visitation will be from 11 am until service time at Noon Thursday Aug. 5, 2010 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, FL 33774. Relatives and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend. Burial will follow in Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, Largo. We would like to personally thank all of the shipmates of Air Station Clearwater and the Coast Guard for their help and support. Semper Paratus! In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Coast Guard Foundation 394 Taugwonk Road Stonington, CT 06378, phone 860-535-0786, for the ASTCS Shawn Whaley Children's fund. 727-562-2080


  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 5, 2010
  • Visitation Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Abel De La Ossa

May 27, 2015

I was not aware Shawn had passed-please accept my deepest condolences for your lose, he was a classmate and good friend throughout high school in Arizona. I am very proud of his many accomplishments and his highly successful career doing things that most wouldn't dare try-he is a Hero! - he will me missed.

January 21, 2011

Judy,Tom, & Family:
I recently heard of this horrible tragedy that took over your lives. I am sure you are very proud of all of his accomplishments, but it doesn't make it any easier to bear. I have read some of the legacies and he was quite the man. My heart goes out to all of you, especially his wife and girls. I remember watching Shawn on the ice and he was so small, but could he move.
My prayers and thoughts are with you, and I am sure God has a special place for him in heaven.
Nancy, Gauthier, Ellis

January 11, 2011

Just finding out about this tragedy through mutual friends.Shawn you are missed! You were courageous, caring & had an amazing heart. Extremely sad to hear about this incident. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.

Jay Allen

January 9, 2011

To the Whaley family,

I can't even recall how many tours I spent with Shawn, it seems like all of them. A consummate professional and one who could be trusted in all circumstances.

I will add my prayers to the many who have lifted you up in your loss.

This life is precious and Shawn lived it with passion.

In Christ,
Jay A. Allen, CDR, USCG (Retired)

Devin Williams

October 5, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Ron Guinta, ASTCM, USCG (Ret)

August 17, 2010

Shawn and I worked closely day to day from 2004 to 2008. I was the Senior Chief and he was the Chief in the AST shop. We shared a small "executive" locker room and I was usually in early. I always felt good when Shawn would arrive because I knew that this workday was going to be both easier on me and lots of fun. Easier on me because Shawn was a master technician, there was not one piece of AST related equipment in which he was not an expert. He was also energetic and proactive, always looking for better ways to do things. And most of all he knew how to get things done. Fun, because he was one of the warmest, most genuine and fun loving people I have ever known. He was never in a bad mood, always up beat and positive. Stay late...come in early, made no difference. He was loved and respected by his fellow AST's and completely dedicated to his shop, the Coast Guard and his family.

Laura McCann

August 15, 2010

I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Your whole family will be in my prayers.

Carla Pfeifer-Wolfe

August 12, 2010

I knew Shawn back in our high school years in Yuma, AZ. I also worked with his mother at one of our high schools. I have many memories of Shawn, too many to write, but the one thing, he was a great guy with a great heart. Always a friend to matter who you were. I was very shocked and saddened to hear of this and my heart goes out to the family, his wife, daughters, mom, dad and sister. RIP Shawn!! Respectfully, Carla Pfeifer-Wolfe

Rick McElrath

August 11, 2010

Shawn used to say "I'm Not Skeered". He was a quiet hero, and I'm sure his family is very proud of him. See you in the water on the other side brother.

August 9, 2010

To the entire family at the Sunset Grill. There are no words to express the sorrow of losing Shawn. My deepest sympathy to all of you.

Sally J. Simmonds
Clearwater, Fl