It is with great sorrow and heavy heart that we announce the passing of our beloved son, grandson and friend, Gavin Russell Ehlinger-Sherard, age 12.
Gavin was a loving son, brother, grandson and friend. He drew the friendship, love and admiration of an astonishing number of people before the arc of his young life was cut short on June 3, 2020, in the backwoods of Idaho enjoying the outdoor activities that he thrived on so much.
He was never boring, always funny and his generosity, empathy and concern of other people and their feelings endeared him to many. Countless times while at the store he would bring enough candy home to share with all his buds in the neighborhood, “The Hartford Biker Gang”.
At the side of his big brother, Alex, whom he idolized, Gavin was the energized sidekick always up for the next adventure with his big brother. They collaborated together to outwit their mother and friends with their many schemes of torment.
Together they loved to shoot trap with the Orofino Pierce Gun Club and spent many hours gaming as both allies and enemies on their favorite video games at home. Truly, theirs’ was a bond unbroken.
Known as a prankster, many of us waited for his sense of humor to erupt. His wit was always irrepressible, unpredictable, and often a little mischievous. His joy for life was infectious and he shared his happiness with all who were around.
Gavin enjoyed baseball with his team, riding his hoverboard, camping, fishing and generally just being out of doors, no matter the season or temperature. Above all, he loved his family more than words could possibly convey, and we loved him so very much.
Gavin was genuinely a polite, respectful, considerate and caring boy and he was much loved in return. His family and friends hold tight to that love and are beyond grief for his loss. The memory of Gavin’s goofy smile will always warm our hearts.
“Absent from body, present with angels, goodnight sweet prince. May flights of angels sing thee to your rest.”
He is survived by his mother, Asia Ehlinger; father, Donny Sherard; brothers, Alexander Powers, Brian, Aaron and Kevin Sherard; grandparents, Debra and Russell Ehlinger and Josephine Sherard; Uncle Aaron; as well as many other aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of life memorial and potluck will be held Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. at the Pink House Hole campground pavilion on Hwy. 12, west of Orofino. Family friend Brian Craig-Slovik will officiate.
Please bring a folding chair and maybe umbrella as well as all your memories of our Gavin. We all have concerns about the COVID 19 virus, so please hold your handshakes and hugs until a safer time.
An account has been set up in Gavin’s name at Lewis Clark Credit Union, P.O. Box 1173, Orofino, ID 83544.
Note: A special thank-you to the Musselshell & Lolo Creek Forest Service employees, the Clearwater County EMS & Life Flight crews and the unknown helpful persons that gave their valiant and heroic energy in Gavin’s rescue effort. Thank you.