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Obituary: Sha'Del Malik K'Shawn Hollis

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Sha'Del Malik K'Shawn Hollis "Shay" died Sunday April 16, 2017, at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Bozeman, MT, at the age of 22 from a tragic accident. He was born in Denver, CO, to Shawna Sterkel and Malik Hollis on December 22, 1994. When he was seven, he moved with his mother and siblings to Bozeman where he was welcomed by Shawna's loving family and soon became a cherished member of the Gallatin Valley community. 

For those who were fortunate enough to know Sha’Del, they felt the pure joy, happiness, and kindness he exuded. His laughter was infectious, and he was the epitome of a free spirit, filled with love for the world and the people around him. He especially found joy in dancing, playing basketball, working out, and listening to music, but his favorite sound was the laughter of others. For Sha’Del, laughter was the best medicine, and he did not hide his natural ability to make others laugh in times of hardship or sadness.

There's no denying that beneath the loving surface of Sha'Del there was a scarred and flawed man that struggled to make sense of the adversities he faced since birth. After fleeing from an abusive situation with his father, Sha'Del struggled to figure out who he was. In high school, while he tried to find himself, drugs entered his life. Consequently, his drug use, which clouded his judgment, sparked his journey of poor choices and ultimately caused him to miss too many years with his family and friends. While Sha'Del was convinced he didn’t need drugs, his desire to avoid the problems in his life outweighed his better judgment.

We know that on the morning of the accident, Sha'Del was not himself. In the end, drugs led Sha’Del to push his luck and ultimately put him in front of the oncoming semi for one last game of Russian Roulette. If Sha'Del didn't feel the love and support here on earth, he is able to feel, see, and embrace it now. He battled many demons but now he is at peace and no longer suffers.

Even in his passing, Sha'Del gave generously just as he gave in life. On April 20, 2017, Sha’Del gave his final gift to others through his choice to donate his organs.

Sha'Del is survived by his mother, Shawna Sterkel; sister, Maliha Hollis; brother, Abdul Hollis; sister, Rajeeyah Hollis; and many loving grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family.

The family made arrangements for him to be cremated, and the service will be led by Joel Hester. Sha'Del’s passing will be celebrated on Saturday April 29th from noon to 2 p.m. at the Lindley Center.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

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