Colman Dodge Shattuck of Martha’s Vineyard and formerly of Colchester, Conn., died Thursday, August 8, at Hartford Hospital surrounded by his caring and devoted family. He was 65.

Colman was the loving husband of 34 years of Elizabeth (Beth) Ann Lawhorn) Shattuck. Born in Hartford on August 27, 1947, a son of the late Granville and Sylvia Elizabeth (Taber) Shattuck, he had resided in Colchester for 31 years prior to moving to the Vineyard more than three years ago.

Colman was a graduate of Granby High School, Class of 1966 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northrup University in Los Angeles, Calif. Prior to his retirement, Colman was an aerospace engineer for 31 years at Hamilton Sundstrand/UTC in Windsor Locks.

A talented woodworker, Colman enjoyed making furniture and other things for his family and friends. He was a musician with the soul of a poet who just completed and released his own CD. He also was a lover of nature with a spiritual soul who truly loved the beach and outdoors. Most of all, Colman was a gentle family man who loved spending time with his wife, children, dog and other family members and friends.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Susan Draper Barry of Jacksonville, Fla. Along with his beloved wife, Beth, he is survived by a son, Samuel (Sam) Taber Shattuck of the Vineyard; a daughter, Ashley Elizabeth Shattuck of the Vineyard; a brother, William T. Shattuck of Singer Island, Fla.; his mother in law, Marguerite (Besneatte) Lawhorn of Canton, Conn.; a brother in law, Eric J. Lawhorn and his wife, Carla, of Bloomfield, Conn.; a sister in law, Jonelle M. Lawhorn and her husband, William Deming, of Avon, Conn.; his dog, Baldwin; many nieces, nephews, former co-workers and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 14 at 10:30 a.m. at South Congregational Church, 1301 Forbes Street in East Hartford, Conn.; his dear friend the Rev. Al Turner officiated. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Granby Center Cemetery in Granby, Conn.

Memorial contributions in Colman’s name may be made to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice. Colman’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Peter Bloom, Dr. Robert Siegel, Donna and all the staff at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center, along with Susan, Jennifer, Darcie, Diane and all the nursing staff of the oncology unit at the Conklin Building for their gifts of skill, compassion and kindness given to Colman and his entire family. An online guestbook is available at