Schaun was born on March 28, 1967, to Samuel Norman and Virginia Dempsey. Schaun was raised by his grandparents, Jack and Mildred Dempsey in Alderpoint, where he fished, hunted and learned to work in the woods. Schaun learned to survive many trials and tribulations including the loss of his leg at the young age of 27. Schaun was the fastest one-legged man known to these parts and still continued to live life with passion and integrity.
Schaun was Native American and Irish and enjoyed finding arrowheads and other treasures in nature. He spent most of his days fishing, cutting wood and running his dogs. Schaun would always bring wood to women, children and elderly people free of cost. When people would offer him money, he would say, “Don’t rob me of my blessings.”
Schaun knew many different people from all walks of life and never met a stranger. He touched everyone he met and will be missed by all.
Schaun attended South Fork High School where he was an All Star athlete and received a football scholarship to attend College of the Redwoods. He then went to work in the woods logging, falling trees, setting chokers and running heavy equipment. In 1994 he suffered a severe accident when he was run over by a dozer and lost his right leg. Shortly after his survival and adjustment to his new life, in 1996, he had a baby girl who was the light of his life.
Schaun is survived by his daughter, Paige Dempsey; father, Samuel Norman; sister, Myriah Massei; brothers, Lonnie, Stephen and Chase Norman; nephews, Kydan, Noah and Brayden; and niece, Madi-Sue. Schaun is also survived by his fiancé, Patty Marsh; her two children, Autumn and Colton; and their dogs, Preacher, Monk and Pepper.
Schaun was preceeded in death by his mother, Virginia Sue Dempsey; brother, Samuel Norman Jr.; and grandparents Jack and Mildred Dempsey.
A potluck memorial service will be held at the Alderpoint Volunteer Fireman’s Hall on Saturday, Aug. 11, at 1 p.m. Please bring any photos you may have and a story to share.
Thank you to all who loved him, we were the lucky ones.