Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) reported on Oct. 5, 2017, the passing of retired Associate Warden Tom Shanyfelt.

He started his CDCR in November 1987 as a Correctional Administrator at California Rehabilitation Center.

In December 1990, he was part of the North Kern State Prison activation team.  In July 1998, he accepted a position as a Correctional Administrator, Institution Division – Central Region.

In January 2005, he assisted with his second institutional activation as Associate Warden of Business Services at KVSP.  In July 2005, he retired.