Sheldon P. MAUL (10/23/1993 – 08/28/2014) Obituary
On Thursday night August 28th, Sheldon passed at home peacefully with his family. While the osteosarcoma took his body, it didn’t take his amazing spirit. Sheldon’s amazing grace and courage inspired this community. His friendliness, insight- fullness and empathy for others had a great impact. This community rallied and showed its support, in part, with their over 45,000 visits to Sheldon’s CaringBridge site. Friends also showed support by creating a Sheldon’s Shield logo, which is displayed on t-shirts and autos and tattooed on many bodies. Sheldon is survived by his wife, Athina Maul; parents, Mark and Valerie Wilkerson; siblings, Slade and Suzanne Maul; grandfather, John Newell; nieces, Satara Brown and Saraya Sederstrom; nephew Pierce Sederstrom; and many cousins, aunts and uncles. Sheldon was preceded by his grandmothers: Constance Newell and Myrna Haynes; and uncles, James Newell, John Newell and Craig Maul. His family would like to thank the many professionals in the medical communities of Spokane and Seattle Children’s Hospitals who participated in his care. A special thanks to Sheldon’s home nurse and friend whom he came to love so much, Renae Wedlake. Sheldon was a very proud member of the Spokane Community College golf team, and graduated from Freeman High School. He loved snow skiing and riding his rather noisy and faster antique jet ski. He loved 4-wheelin in his pickup which Wishing Star helped him trick out. He led a full life for one only age 20, having attended the London Olympics, Final Four, and Masters; he fished for King salmon in Alaska, golfed in Northern Ireland and St. Andrews, Scotland and witnessed President Obama’s inauguration in D.C. Sheldon was a friend to all who met him, was extraordinarily handsome, and his smile lit any room. His college golf coach said of the Sheldon Maul Teammate Award created in his honor, “We give this to the guy who the team votes as the member who is a teammate in every sense of the word. To put it simple, this person just makes you want to be a better human being!” Zak Foundation is also creating an award in his honor, the Sheldon Maul Courage Award, dedicated to help other kids fighting cancer in our community. Sheldon changed the life of many, and he was very proud that he could inspire us to live our lives with the goodness he showered on others. The celebration of his life is Friday, September 12th, 4pm at Life Center on Government Way in Spokane. In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to the Zak Foundation – Sheldon Maul Award, PO BOX 19188, Spokane, WA 99219.
Blessings to all of our friends near and far that supported us during our most trying of times.