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Scott Shawver: A Life Well Lived

The Great American Success Story can be defined as finding your passion, sacrificing greatly to achieve your goals, working hard to become the best, taking pride in your work, creating jobs, treating people with respect and earning a good living while sharing the wealth with your community. And if we're lucky -- very fortunate, actually - we know someone who fits this description. Scott Shawver was a success by anyone's definition. After building a business and friendships for more than two decades, last year he started over. In May he opened a new state-of-the-art auto body facility in Post Falls. Every time we'd see each other - at the grocery, at the bank or at a community event - the excitement of this new venture was evident. He told me he felt like an 18-year-old, a little scared about a new leap but grateful to have the opportunity at this point in his life to be living his passion. Scott was a car guy, a gear-head, an artist in a paint booth, a businessman, a job creator and a friend to many, perhaps many more than he ever realized. Since Saturday, with the news of his drowning on Lake Coeur d'Alene, a community's collective heart has been broken/Kerri Thoreson, Main Street, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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