Panumat K. Shontz

Panumat K. Shontz


Panumat K Shontz (aka Ae), 45, of Edmond, OK passed away on Monday, March 18, 2024, surrounded by love.

Panumat was born on November 2, 1978 in a small village in Thailand to Nattareeya Shontz (née Prasertchat). In 1988, Panumat became a part of the Shontz Family with the marriage of Nattareeya to his adoptive father, Harold “LeRoy” Shontz. On July 30, 2006, Panumat married his college sweetheart and love of his life, Christina M Shontz (née Moilanen).

Throughout his life, Panumat was humble yet had a determination to live a purpose-driven existence. Growing up in Thailand, he learned to never let anything go to waste and appreciated even the smallest of treasures. On Halloween in 1989, he moved to Arizona with his mom, older sister, Nantiya, and dad, and gained another sister, Jennifer, and a brother, Eric. During his formative years, he became a well-rounded individual participating in sports (football and wrestled at state level), played tuba, worked at a restaurant, and worked on his scholastic studies. Panumat attended Northern Arizona University, was a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity, and graduated in 2002, with a BA in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He continued his studies culminating in a Masters degree in Military Studies.

Panumat was an outdoorsman through and through. Being in nature kept him grounded and was a source of fellowship. From catching crawfish, to dove hunting, to fishing in the rivers, gulf, and combat fishing in Alaska, to hunting caribou, moose and bear in Alaska he treasured the hunt and the company of those with him more than the trophy.

For 20 years, Panumat proudly served his country and retired from the United States Air Force as a Major in June 2022. His tours of service took him to Florida, Oklahoma, Alaska, Japan, Korea, Curaçao, the Middle East and many other places. During this time, he forged a camaraderie with those serving alongside him and created little villages of support in each community. Panumat served with pride, never considering the accolades that might follow. He kept his heart open to learn from those before him and in turn opened his heart to share his mentorship and leadership to those carrying on after him.

Those who knew Panumat, knew he loved a good feast. At an early age, he developed a passion for cooking, learning the art from his mother and as a line cook at Badenoch’s. His meals not only nourished the body, but fed the soul. Every adventure he went on would somehow circle back to food, no matter where he was in the world.

Panumat cherished life and nothing was more important to him than family. He was a son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, uncle, son-in-law, brother-in-law, and above all, a doting father and loving husband. In 2002, Panumat met Christina while attending NAU and the pair have been inseparable ever since. Their bond was like no other and was founded on shared life values. Panumat and Christina began their family with the sweetest Labrador fur-babies, Zeta and Fiji. In 2011, Panumat became a father with the birth of his first son, Carter then followed son, Preston, in 2015, and daughter, Morgan, in 2020. His children and wife were his everything.

Being a father was Panumat’s greatest accomplishment. He relished family adventures, especially visits to their home away from home, Walt Disney World, a place where he could be a kid with his kids. Panumat and Christina had a love that was magical, all they did they did with love. At home, Panumat would review mathematical equations with the boys and taught them brain teasing chess strategies and how to solve a Rubik’s cube. Panumat’s humble upbringing led to invaluable life lessons for all of his children. 

In recent years, Panumat found joy in coaching Preston’s baseball team, the Sharknados. Coach Ae was not only beloved by his team but by the parents as well. He and Christina had a way of bringing everyone together with love and care.

In November 2023, Panumat was diagnosed with stage 4 gastric cancer.  In spite of the prognosis and ever hopeful mindset, he fought the disease as hard as he could until the bitter end.

Panumat’s smile was contagious and his wit could catch you off guard and leave you laughing in stitches.

Panumat is survived by his wife, Christina M., and his three children, Carter, Preston, and Morgan of Edmond, OK; his mother, Nattareeya of Parker, AZ; sister, Jennifer Burrow-Sanchez, brother-in-law, Jason and nieces Emory, Tatum, and Elliot of Salt Lake City, UT; brother, Eric Shontz, sister-in-law, Laura, and niece, Bella of Ventura, CA; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nephew, nieces, and in-laws.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Nantiya, and father, LeRoy.

Home is where the heart is and in that sense, Panumat will forever have a home in all of those who knew and loved him.

Panumat was not an extravagant man and did not like to be fussed over. To honor this humble man, we will be holding a private ceremony for immediate family.

Panumat loved a good feast.  To honor this part of his life and his wishes, we welcome everyone to join us for a Thai lunch and fellowship on Wednesday, March 27th from 11:00am-12:00pm at Wat Sangharatanaram – 5301 Foster Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73129.

In lieu of flowers, raise a glass and toast to you most treasured memories of Ae.

Condolences may be sent to The Shontz Family at: 3333 NW 187th Street, Edmond, OK 73012.

Team Shontz – always – forever – no matter what!

6 thoughts on “Panumat K. Shontz”

  1. I am heartbroken to hear about the passing of Panumat. Our last interactions were in AFROTC up at NAU and I absolutely loved hanging out with him. Always a great person, friend and mentor! Even though our paths haven’t crossed in a while, I loved seeing the posts throughout the years of Panumat, Christina and their beautiful family.

  2. Chris Castle

    After a long and difficult wrestling tournament in Kingman, AZ I remember going to a sit-down Asian restaurant as a team. We all ate so much as we had all given our best effort that weekend. After we had all finished eating, Panumat was seen still at the table eating what we couldn’t. He said, “I can’t eat anymore, but it’s soooo good.” And then he would loosen the belt and unbutton his pants and say, “Ah…much better.” Then continue to gorge himself.

    Another favorite memory was having him accompany me to church dances in Lake Havasu, Blythe, and Needles. These drives would take a minimum of 30-40 minutes to get to, in the case of Needles it was at least an hour away from Parker. I remember most of the conversation we had as teenagers, about life, goals, ambitions, girls, school…Panumat knew how to listen and he knew what he wanted in life. He was a good friend. I’m humbled to have known him and call him friend. I miss you brother. Rest easy. Until we meet again.

  3. Sean Smith

    Panumat was one of the best people I know. I’ll miss him immensely. Unfortunately the last meal I shared with him and his family was at a McDonalds in Washington, DC… because everyone was hungry and there were no other options open!

  4. Janeta Huckeby

    I did not personaly know Panumat. I knew him through his Aunt Charlene Weis who always spoke so highly of him and his family. I spoke to him once while he was with his Aunt Charlene at the hospital. He was so nice to me and talked about Charlene to me.
    I am so saddened by this news as I knew he had a beautiful wife and family. I saw many photos.
    My prayers to Leck and his wife and family for comfort.
    You were a wonderful man. Rest in peace.

  5. Justin Hickman

    Raise a glass to Panumat….. We worked together at Tinker AFB, we overlapped in the 963 AACS from 2003-2006. He was hard working and dependable, humble and kind. Such a wonderful young officer and fantastic human being. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time. Peace Be With You,


  6. Joey Savino

    Love you Panumat! Until me meet again! What a guy! What a story! What a legacy you have left! The football games- church dances- messing around in class…. Catching crawdads at “father and sons”. Oh the good times! RIP my dude

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