Paul was born in Los Angeles California and grew up in the town of Hawthorne in LA County. He moved with his wife Jo Ann and their children to Grover in 1975. After a short stint in San Luis, Paul moved to Baywood in 1985. Paul loved life in Baywood. In his later years he spent many hours reading the paper and drinking his coffee while parked in Montana de Oro.
Paul started working as a carpenter. Talented and innovative, Paul worked his way up from framing houses to supervising large construction projects from commercial buildings, large housing tracts and custom homes. One job was Chuck Norris’ original Dojo in Torrance (where Paul ended up taking classes). Paul could build or repair most anything and was “that guy” that people would come to “figure out” or “fix” things. Later in life Paul found joy in making jewelry and hand crafting small metal frogs.
As a teenager Paul became interested in the hot rod scene of Southern California. Paul’s love of motors and racing stayed with him throughout his life. He raced Lyons Drag Strip as well as El Mirage Dry Lake. His motor work took him to Bonneville and Indianapolis. He eventually left construction for a carrier with Cosworth Racing where he was responsible for the development of the midget racing division. Paul was well known at Santa Maria and other raceways across the US as a consultant for Cosworth and later as an independent race engine builder and fuel injection specialist.
He married four times. He and his first wife, Fran Means, had two children, Dennis and Kenny. After his first marriage ended Paul was drafted into the army. He served in Panama where he met his second wife JoAnn. They had three children, Paul Robert, Don, Terry Ann (now Pearson) and Michael (Mickey) Jones from JoAnn’s first marriage. Later, Paul married Martha Berman and finally to Jill Stern. Paul had 8 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Paul loved to travel and did, to many places. He also loved kayaking in the bay, and his restored horseless carriage. He was always ready with a joke, and sometimes, they were funny. Rest in Peace.
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