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Shan Kem

Kem. Shan Obit

Shan Kem, 29, of Phoenix, Arizona died on August 26, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 13, 1991 to Anthony White and Sumi Mathews.

Shan was always independent and adventurous as well as being a self-starter and risk taker.  Early in life he lived with his mom, grandmother, and aunt in Michigan.  He taught himself everything and was walking by six months.  By the age of eight, he moved to New Jersey to live with his mother and step-father.  Shan played baseball and was always a ham who did some modeling because he liked to be in front of the camera.  Shan later attended military school in Kansas and then moved with his family to Arizona in 2005.  Shan attended Estrella Foothills High School and Estrella Mountain Church.  He later moved to California and loved Los Angeles and the beach.  He made friends that became like family members to him in California.  This is where Shan found his belonging and acceptance.  Shan then moved to New Mexico to attend school to become an occupational therapy assistant.  He worked very hard and became licensed in the state of Arizona.  He enjoyed working with his patients.  He was very funny and had dreams of moving back to California to pursue his creative side.

Shan is survived by his mom, Sumi Mathews, sister, Celine Buensuceso, brother, Dylan Buensuceso, grandmother, Thankamma Mathew, and aunt, Suji George.

There will be a service at Thompson Funeral Chapel on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 1pm.

9 Comments on “Shan Kem

  1. God’s Divinest Comfort and Strength to you Sumi today and always. Lata and I love and miss you. Shan gave us sweet life when you guys were here in Michigan. His smile and spirit gave us hope for our own sons. My heart is broken for you. We are here for you today and in the days and years ahead. God is our Refuge and Strength and a very present Help. May His Love and Peace be your portion through this. If He needs to use our hands and arms, then we are here for you.

  2. Our heart breaks for your loss. Mr. Shan provided OT services to our four year old son in our home. Although we only got to see him a few times, he certainly made an impact with our family. The world has lost a little bit of sunshine. Our deepest condolences to you and the rest of Mr. Shan’s family.

  3. My heart breaks for you Sumi. May you find healing comfort.
    Jody Siano

  4. What beautiful young man; may he rest in peace..prayers and thoughts to Sumi and family..

  5. So sad for your loss. We pray God will provide that same sunshine in the future that you lost with the passing of Shan. Of course, we will be keeping you and your family in prayer for His grace and Peace to overflow.

  6. My heart breaks for you, Sumi, and I’m speechless. No words can heal your heart right now but you have a friend here for comfort, a hug, an ear….whatever you need. He’s in the place we all strive to get too. He’s happy and living his best life. It’s those left behind that are struggling. I promise you, he is not. He is at peace and with you always!

  7. We extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of Shan. I am praying for you and the family during this time. Love and hugs to you.

  8. My prayers for you and your family, Sumi! I am so sorry!

  9. For all those offered their condolences here , thank you ! Shan will forever be missed ! He was so loved and needed in our life! Thank you for being a part of my life and his ♥️

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