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Robert Paul

Robert Paul

Sandy Wrestling Coach Robert Paul, 49, of Boring, passed away Friday, December 13, after a 20 month battle with melanoma. Robert was born in North Hollywood, California and moved to Oregon when he was 11. He graduated from Sandy High School in 1983, where he was a member of the team that placed second at State, and he placed second individually in Freestyle. He continued wrestling at Mt. Hood CC for one year, then became self-employed with a wholesale fish business which lasted 27 years. Robert married Patricia Gray in 1985, and he was a dedicated, loving father to four children. Robert was avidly involved with the youth wrestling program; he was passionate about making a contribution to the lives of young athletes, with the desire to have them “buy into” a strong work ethic and building integrity for their futures. He was the Sandy high school wrestling coach for 9 years, then took some time off to coach his son. He returned as head coach in 2007, bringing the program from the bottom of the list to a district championship in 2010, and every year thereafter, placing 4th at State last season. Robert has been awarded coach of the year for the past 5 years. When not coaching wrestling, Robert spent time with his family, often coaching another sport. He enjoyed spending time with friends, being in warm climates, and catching reptiles - and was an expert on fish and reptile information. When his business waned, he became employed with the Oregon Trail School District as a maintenance worker, often seen at the pool testing the water. Robert is survived by his parents Charlie & Bebe Paul of Boring; his wife Patty; his daughters Jamie Paul and Natalie Paul, and his son Aaron Paul, all of Boring.; brother Randy Paul, sister Jenny Van Norden of Boring, and brother Charlie Paul of San Diego. He was preceded in death by his son Ryan in 1998, and brother Forrest in 2002. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Robert Paul Fund at Clackamas County Bank, earmarked for college funds. A memorial service is tentatively set at Sandy High School on Sunday, December 22 at 1:00 PM; please check Robert Paul’s Facebook page for updates.