Paul T. McKenna, 52, a Scranton native, died Tuesday at his home in Hutto, Texas.
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He was the youngest son of the late Philip E. and Rita Cafferty McKenna of Scranton. His wife of 28 years is Mary Day McKenna.
Paul's love of his family, music and learning, and his wit, were as vast as his technical expertise.
He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and studied nuclear engineering at Penn State University. He finished first in his class at the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida, and went on to serve in the Navy. Later, he graduated from the Heald Institute of Technology, San Francisco, and earned president's honors in the paralegal program at Empire College, Santa Rosa, California.
Paul put his technical education to use for some of the nation's major technology companies. He worked for Hewlett Packard in Santa Rosa, California, and Agilent Technologies in Rohnert Park, California, before moving to Texas to work for Dell Computers and later, Flextronics Inc.
He took special delight in the exploits of his sons, Casey, 23; and Riley, 21; particularly their high school and college sports careers.
Also surviving are two brothers, Bill and his wife, Jane, Scranton; and Patrick and his wife, Kathleen, Clarks Green. Another brother, Philip Jr., died in 1993.
A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Pflugerville, Texas. A graveside service will be conducted later in the military cemetery at Killeen, Texas, followed by his burial at sea.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Published in Scranton Times on July 25, 2014