Shell, Mike

Michael Dean Shell

January 4, 1967 - January 5, 2021

Michael Dean Shell, 54, of McKinney, Texas, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was born January 4, 1967, in Topeka, Kansas, to parents Larry and Eunice Shell. He graduated from Clinton High School in Clinton, Oklahoma, where he was a State Champion fullback. As an entrepreneur, he successfully started, ran, and sold several businesses. Mike defined himself, however, in three ways: Christian, husband, and father. He said, "That's really all that matters." He was unwavering in his commitment to God and family. Every dinner in Mike's home began in prayer. He prayed for his friends and family daily. Mike called his wife, Shannon, his "buddy," and they were rarely seen apart since marrying in 2010. Mike cherished time with his family, including his four kids and the friends he called family. He was gifted at forming long-lasting, meaningful relationships. He loved spending time in the Colorado mountains, always sporting a cowboy hat or a fly fishing rod. Ever the Kansas City Chiefs fan, Mike never missed a game on TV and would gladly teach friends how to become "Raider Haters." Mike got his pilot license in his late teens and flew all around North America. He enjoyed hunting, shooting, and traveling and filled his days with trips around the world with family and friends; but, he equally loved nights at home around the fire pit. He loved our country and respected and supported the United States military and police. He even became deputized by the Jerome County (Idaho) Sheriff’s Office – a badge he proudly wore daily. Mike was loved for his huge smile, strong hugs, dance moves, generous spirit, protective nature, and prayerful heart. Mike's favorite scripture was Galatians 6:9: "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

Mike is survived by his wife, Shannon; his son, Michael Shell and wife, Leah; his son, Eric Shell and wife, Kristi; his daughter, Sarah (Shell) Stark and husband, Adam; his daughter Kylie Belle-Isle; his grandson, Barrett Abel Dean Stark; the mother of Michael, Eric, and Sarah Shell, Sandy Shell; his mother, Eunice Shell; his brothers, Larry Shell and Blayne Shell; his sisters, Christina Lutz and Linda Conner; many extended family members; and, countless friends whom he called brothers and sisters.

He is preceded in death by his father, Larry Shell; and, his cherished grandparents.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Prestonwood Baptist Church Faith Chapel in Plano, Texas, 6801 W. Park Blvd, Plano, TX 75093. There will be an attendance limitation of 250 in the chapel. Once this limit is met, all others will be able to view the service via live stream.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Mike's name to SWAT Round-Up International ( to sponsor small city/regional police officers’ participation in their globally-recognized training summit.

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Remembering Mike for his vivacious caring spirit. For a life cut so short, he managed to get more living done than most who live to 100. His service beautifully expressed how much he loved and was loved in return. He will be missed. Chris Jordan , January 23, 2021 So sorry for your loss. What Mike and family did to improve the airport is much appreciated.. Ash Ashby Toulmin 10020 Phantom Ln. 214 232 0583 Ashby Toulmin, January 15, 2021 My interfaces with Mike have been quite limited, however they were all very enjoyable. Mike helped get a good friend of mine, “B.J.” Johnson, an introduction to the helicopter he had and even arrange a instruction flight with Charlie Jarrett. BJ was in the Army and was applying to the Army Aviation group to become a helicopter pilot. I am convinced that this experience gave BJ a slight edge in the selection process and he is now a senior officer/pilot flying the Blackhawk helicopter. Thank you MIKE for making this all happen!! Clair Clair Button, January 14, 2021 I’ll sure miss you Mike. John Archibald, January 13, 2021 Mike was a man of unwavering integrity. He was always kind no matter the circumstances. He lived his faith! I will always remember his strength, and loving Christian example! Dean Castillo, January 12, 2021 A man's dedication to GOD never wavers, A man's belief in family and love has no bounds, A man's caring and generosity for others is limitless, A man's smile greater than the Grand Canyon, A man's willingness to surrender his heart to the love of his life. I have come to learn this was Mike. Godspeed. Phyllis Hoffschwelle, January 12, 2021 Praying for all of the Family. Hugs!! Margie Mize A.K,A MeMi, January 12, 2021 There are no words to express my sorrow. Mike was truly one of a kind. He was always smiling and singing and just upbeat about everything in life. He loved his family more than words could ever describe. I am truly blessed to have known him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. I know you have already been greeted by your Maker and I will see you again one day. Until then, please rest in peace. Cindie Klemp, January 12, 2021 Love you Shannon! Praying for you and your family! Jennifer Allen, January 12, 2021 Mike always brought positive energy and happiness to any room he entered. He never met a stranger and loved everyone like a brother/sister. I will sorely miss him, his huge smile and his bring it in brother hug. Kirk Anderson, January 11, 2021 My deepest condolences to Shell family. I worked for Mike for about 9 years spanning two companies. I am deeply saddened by sudden loss of wonderful person. Mike was a great leader and mentor. I am thankful for knowing him and learned a lot from him. You are gone but your work ethics, family values that you instilled in people who had opportunity to know you will be remembered forever. You will be dearly missed. Ketul Shah Ketul Shah, January 11, 2021 I don’t have many friends. They say you can count your friends on one hand. When I get to heaven, after I bend the knee before God. I hope Mike is the first person I see. I miss you big guy. Costa Costa, January 11, 2021 Mike is one of the kindest, most compassionate souls I’ve ever met. His love for Shannon and his children was inspiring. Always willing and excited to teach others, Mike’s patience was beyond admirable. He was larger than life, and the love he shared with this world was just as big. Brother Mike, thank you for always being there for everyone around you. Your legacy lives forever and we will all cherish each moment spent with you. Steve Carlson, January 11, 2021 I will attend Le Tran, January 11, 2021 Mr. Shell and Shannon family was the most warm hearted people to welcome me. Eric, Zach, and Derek and I always hung out at the house pretty much every weekend during our Senior year in high school. Mr. Shell would always welcome me whenever I visited the place, and I was inspired to work out looking after his great muscles. He was the most joyful person and impacted me a lot in so many ways. Thank you for providing me with the best memory I could ever have for my high school days, and I sincerely give my best heart to Shell family. Love all of you guys,
Tom Shin, January 11, 2021
My first introduction to Mike when I started working for him was listening to him walking into the office in the morning singing hymns as he walked down the hall to his office. Praising God was always welcomed in the office. He also truly believed “family first”, even at work. My family and I were blessed many times over through him. I am grateful that I had the chance to be called “sis” by him. I will miss you Mike. Marsha Gaulke, January 10, 2021 Mike thank you for being the man you were. You lived true to your heart and loved BIG. You were such an example to us all. You made me feel welcomed, known and loved. Thank you for showing us all what that looks like. Your walk was apparent and your love for Shannon and your family was palpable. You are irreplaceable and will be forever missed. A life well rest friend! Tamara Payne, January 10, 2021 I first met Mike around 2003 when I started working for him. Over the next 17 years I worked for Mike at two of his other companies. Mike was not only an employer but he was a friend. I had the pleasure to know his children, Michael, Eric, Sarah, and Kylie, and to watch them grow. I wish I knew how Mike raised such wonderful children. They are a testament to Mike's character. I am terribly saddened by Mike's passing. Mike was such a friend that my wife, Cindi, cried when she heard the news. I will miss you my friend. Joey Burns, January 10, 2021 No words can say how you be missed. Praying for you and your family Mike zack, January 9, 2021 Brother Mike, my family and I are still in disbelief of your passing. It was my honor training Michael and Eric for their pilots licenses, and you entrusting me with your boys. May God’s glory carry you to be with family that has transitioned from this earth. You WILL be missed and we will think of you often. Continue to keep an eye on all of us from above, especially Shannon and the kids, and grandkids! Dave Honaker & Family, January 9, 2021 To Shannon and ALL of Mike's family. We love you, we pray for you, and trust there will be a spirit of peace around you. Being from Oregon, we only got to meet Mike one time, but have seen countless pictures on social media of his great adventures with Shannon, family and friends. God Bless. -- Joel & Loretta (Shannon's Aunt & Uncle) Joel & Loretta Jorgensen, January 9, 2021 Love you Mike you were and are a true friend. Ron and Karen Roland, January 9, 2021 We are shocked and saddened to hear the news of Mike’s passing. We became friends when I coached Michael and our son Jacob in youth football here in Frisco. I think I met the Energizer Bunny when I met Mike! Enjoyed a family ski vacation with him in Keystone and always loved his smile and laugh. May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ wrap his loving arms around all of the Shell Families! Peace be with you Mike, now rest. Jeff and Shelley Jeff & Shelley Reynolds, January 9, 2021 I had the great pleasure of meeting Mike and Shannon through the Slattery family. I was invited on vacations with these two families, and each vacation was filled with laughter and pure joy. Mike and Shannon showed pure love for one another. They were always laughing, kissing, and acting like teenagers who had just fallen in love. I am so thankful for the time I spent with Mike and Shannon. Thank you for showing young teenagers, Nikki and myself, what true love looks like. You will be greatly missed.
Hailey Franklin, January 9, 2021
Mike greeted his friends with a smile and a hug . It was his signature and everyone he liked was greeted the same way. He always made everyone feel welcome , he did not judge or question . He was a true friend . Mike Gallaway, January 9, 2021 I love you Mikey. Thank you for loving Shannon and Kylie the way you did. Thank you for loving me and my girls too.. You were an inspiration to me and you showed me the man I want to be. Now go relax and fish with my dad. We love you Mark Rodgers, January 9, 2021 His smile brought joy to my heart and to so many over the years. Today, my brother, friend and business partner Mike Shell passed away. Our journey began in the 80's in Clinton, Oklahoma working together flipping burgers and buying gold. Yes, we were to young men with big dreams. Mike's success far surpassed that of many and yet he remained loving and compassionate. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He gave great advise and a compassionate ear. I love you brother. I know you are sitting at the feet of Jesus this very moment and smiling on each of us saying, "finish your race." I will miss you, but I will see you in His presence soon my brother.
Lee Thompson, January 9, 2021