Shane Kent Layton, 50, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2022, in Chandler, Arizona. He was born to Kent and Kay Layton in Mesa, Arizona on December 9, 1971. He grew up in Tempe, Arizona and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1991 to 1993 in the Baltic country of Estonia and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On November 11, 1994, Shane married Jenni Berkey in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They had two children and raised their family in a wonderful community in West Chandler. Shane spent 24 years in residential real estate where he enjoyed helping others navigate the process of home buying and selling.
Shane had many talents including playing the piano, organ, and drawing. He loved spending time with his friends and siblings playing video games and basketball. One of his favorite titles was “Uncle Shane.” He would thoughtfully spend time with each niece and nephew and loved to surprise them with special gifts he had drawn or bought for them. Shane loved being a Dad and was so incredibly proud of his children’s many accomplishments. Going to their sporting events and concerts in their youth and watching them grow into adulthood brought him immense joy. Christmas was his favorite holiday when he would spend hours making lists, shopping, and carefully wrapping each present for his family members and friends. He could often be found performing quiet, humble acts of service for his community and his church. He was thrilled to have finally arrived in grandparenting and savored every minute he had with his grandson. He and his wife enjoyed their short empty nester years together traveling and riding a lot of roller coasters. He was a dedicated husband, father, son, uncle, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be greatly missed by many.
Shane is preceded in death by his father, Kent Layton who passed in 2016. He is survived by his wife, Jenni; children, Heather Hancock (Bryant), and Eric Layton (Maryn); grandson, Perseus Hancock; mother, Kay Layton; and siblings Todd (Emily), Bryan (Heather), and Melissa (Jay).
A memorial will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 1111 E. Knox Road, Tempe, AZ 85284.
A Go Fund Me account set up for his family to assist with funeral and medical expenses at https://gofund.me/12f1ffba.