Harold Eugene Shumway “Genie” was born in Blanding to Seth and Vivian Shumway on February 26, 1933. There were 12 children in his family.
Genie’s older brothers are Merwin, Burdette, Deloy, Glen, and Kenny. His older sisters are Ila and Clea.
He had four younger sisters; Virginia, Iva Loo, Joey, and Dorothy.
Much to Genie’s dislike, he had to go to school, and he graduated from San Juan High in 1951. He loved playing basketball and was a member of the 1954 All-Church Championship Team.
In May of 1952, he joined the Air Force, where he learned to be a Tail Gunner on a B-52. The Korean war ended, and the government sent him home to mine uranium.
For the next 30 years he mined uranium with his brothers and brothers-in-law.
He also went into business with Bill Redd and Kenny Shumway when they bought the Blanding Mercantile.
Genie married Kathryn Lyman in 1961. They were later sealed in the Manti Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
They are the parents of six children: Shane (Merri), Blythe (Loyd), Gena (Jeff), Shelby (Ricky), Brittney (Adam) and Ladd (Niki). They have 26 grandkids and as of now, 24 great-grandkids.
Genie was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His favorite callings were being a home teacher and teaching the teenagers in Sunday School.
His favorite place to be in the whole world was on North Elk mining the “Pay Day” and the “Look” mines. He loved the mines because it was exciting and every day was a new joke and a chance to strike it rich.
He also loved trapping, hunting big bucks on Horse Mountain with his bow, and just going out in the hills. He loved his garden, growing watermelons, and watching his grandkids play ball.
Genie passed away on December 9, 2016, at his home in Blanding, UT