The Norman Transcript

Obituaries

May 8, 2014

Vaughn Shain Alexander

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NORMAN —

Although Shain was a picky eater as a kid, he grew up to love all food, and would put anything in his mouth. Such as when he found himself in a Vietnamese alley, hungrily chewing off the head of a duck embryo. The duck vendor, truly impressed, asked if Shain would be interested in marrying his daughter. While that wedding was not to be, Shain’s taste for exotic adventure certainly was.

Though he never thought he was very good at letting people into his own life, Shain truly loved all of his friends. Most people in his life never had any idea how important they were to him, but they were. He felt honored and enriched by every person with whom he was able to spend even the briefest amount of meaningful time.

Shain was lucky to have the most dedicated and loving father anyone could ever ask for. Shain was a carbon copy of his mom — so even when mother and son would fight, they always knew how much they loved one another. Shain wouldn’t shut up about his two bulldogs, Maki and Bronco. He was a ridiculously sappy father to them. Shain was supremely gifted to have had such an amazing partner as Mark for more than nine years.

In lieu of flowers, Shain wanted each of his friends and family members to write a letter to someone they care about. You may also think about him the next time you’re eating cheddar bay biscuits at Red Lobster. And he’d definitely want you to travel more. Go somewhere that scares you. It would make Shain smile and give you a story to share for the rest of your life.

Memorial services for Shain will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Havenbrook Funeral Home chapel, 3404 Havenbrook St. in Norman.

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