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“Dear Family & Friends, I was so sorry to learn today of Shawn's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Shawn stayed with me for a year while he was...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Rich Shipman - Fort Collins, CO

“While we now live in Madison WI, we knew T.Shawn in Brussels, where we lived with him for a great year, on Middelbourg Strasse in Boitsfort. He was...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Kristofer Nonn - madison, WI

“Dear Family and Friends, my deepest sympathy. T. Shawn McGrath: An accomplished educator who would do anything to assist his students with their...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Jeff T. Miller - Rangely, CO

“Shawn has certainly led an interesting and full life. So sorry that it was cut short. I will never forget taking Chinese Cooking classes from him...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Linda Jones - Las Animas, CO

“Deepest sympathy for your loss. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Marge Campbell - CO

“Shocked to hear of Shawn's passing. We shared our frustrations playing jazz and our joy to still play and appreciate music. He will be missed by...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Kaye Hainer - Lamar, CO

“Shawn was one of the most unique persons. He contributed so much to the community. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: MaryJane Losey - Las Animad, CO

“Will miss your trumpet and your great spirit. Will always remember your kindness to me when we played together in HMS. You will be greatly missed...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Liz Daughtrey - La Junta, CO


Shawn was born in Portland, Oregon on February 16, 1954 to Joseph and Dani McGrath. After living in Glenwood Springs and Conon City, Colorado they moved to Las Animas in 1960.
Shawn graduated from Las Animas High School in 1972. He received his BS from Adams State College in 1976 and his Masters degree from the University of North Carolina in 1979.
Shawn was working at the City Pharmacy when his father passed unexpectedly in 1980. Shawn then ran the Pharmacy more than 10 years before closing the store to pursue his teaching credentials at CSU. After teaching at Rocky Ford High School for two years he moved to Windhoek, Namibia in 1995 where he taught science for 7 years. He then moved to Brussels, Belgium and continued teaching until 2010, except for one year sabbatical in Honduras. Shawn moved back to the states and has taught locally at Otero Junior College since 2010. He passed unexpectedly on January 3, 2013.
He loved life, teaching, learning, cooking, reading, birding, and people in general. He treasured his niece and nephew and enjoyed music, playing trumpet and saxophone in community musical groups.
Shawn was preceded in death by his father in 1980 and his mother in 1999. He is survived by his brother, P. Kevin (Joyce) McGrath; nephew, P. Sean (Ellen) McGrath; and niece, Heather (Patrick) McGrath.