HUTCHINSON — An umpire at a baseball tournament in Hutchinson died Friday during the course of games.
According to the Northeast Baseball Association Facebook page, Eric Shannon, 46, died while working a game. He had worked many NCB Hap Dumont 13U state tournaments for the organization throughout the years.
“Eric Shannon worked many NBC Hap Dumont 13U State Tournaments for us, even though he was qualified and had opportunities to work higher-level games during the same dates,” Kelly Kemnitz said on the organizations Facebook page. “He was always willing to work down-level to breed the next generation of umpires. On the field, he was the loudest behind the dish many had ever heard. Off the field, in the umpire changing room (aka parking lot), he was often cracking jokes and as witty as can be. A good umpire, a greater man. He will be dearly missed, and we offer up prayers and thoughts to his beloved family.”
Shannon graduated from Ellis High School in 1986 and played football at Garden City Community College, graduating there in 1991 — according to his personal Facebook page.
He was an assistant lumber yard manager at B&B Lumber in Wichita.
Survivors include his wife, Jodi, and a son and daughter.