Shale Ivan Macks was born February 4, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska to Alan and Constance Macks (nee Sadofsky); Shale’s family, which included Janis, his sister, and Tyson, his brother, moved to several Florida areas, settling in Merritt Island. Shale graduated from Merritt Island High School in 1974. Shale then made his way out west and lived in California for several years, playing drums in the Laswell Avenue Band and making friends wherever he went. He worked for Safeway for a time, followed by Phillip Morris.
Shale returned to Florida and again pursued music. He met Lisa (Garofalo) and they played in a band together (Straight Face), traveling Florida and even recording a record and promoting it in the Keys at gigs and on the radio.
In 1986 Shale and Lisa married and Shale began in sales at Sysco Foodservice of South Florida. Shale won awards and trips each year for his excellent performance. He formed several smaller bands, playing weddings, bar mitzvahs and other "one-nighters." Rachel was born in August of 1988. Shale and Lisa divorced in 1990, then remarried in 1992. Shale transferred to Sysco in the Bay Area and the family relocated to Benicia, California in 1993. Alek was born in October of 1994. The Macks's moved to Elk Grove, California, then Reno, Nevada.
While in Reno, Shale acquired his funeral director license, fulfilling a lifelong interest in the death care industry, and began work for a local funeral home. He accepted a sales position with Batesville Caskets and the company relocated Shale and his family to Portland, Oregon. Shale and Lisa divorced in 2006.
Shale lived in Tualatin, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada where he was a funeral director at a private funeral home. He then joined Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions with a territory covering the Bay Area to Reno. Shale consistently ranked among the top in sales. He lived in Benicia, then returned to Reno.
Shale loved music of all kinds, but the Beatles were his all-time favorite. He amassed a large collection of Beatles memorabilia and original albums.
Shale’s greatest pleasure was his children and he was a devoted father.
Becoming involved with the Baha'i community in Reno, Shale developed many valued friends.
Known for his wicked sense of humor, Shale made friends easily. It is a testament to his outgoing nature and big heart that he had numerous long-term friendships from his teens (back to junior high) to the present. Considering he lived in four states, this is especially commendable.
Shale is survived by his children, Rachel Macks of Portland, Oregon and Alek Macks of Wilsonville, Oregon; his mother, Constance Macks, of Cheektowaga, New York; his brother, Tyson Macks, also of Cheektowaga, New York, his sister, Janis Meatyard, of East Aurora, New York; niece, Lara Meatyard and her children--Brianna, Jesse, Crue and Dawson; and Charlie Meatyard and his daughter Jordan. Although they were "double-exes," he and Lisa worked out their differences and were quite close.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Walton's Funerals & Cremations--Sierra Chapel, 875 W. Second Street in Reno followed by a refreshments in Walton's reception hall.