Forest Paulson

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Forest Julius Paulson, son of Lilly and Julius Paulson, was born in Great Falls, Montana on March 30, 1928. He passed away peacefully on March 26th at his home in Marysville with his family at his bedside.

He grew up in the Belt-Raynesford area of Montana. After graduation from Belt Valley High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, proudly serving in Germany at the end of World War II. He attended the University of Montana on the G.I. Bill, graduating in 1951 with a B.S. Degree in Business and Marketing.

He served as District manager for General Electric Industrial Finance, Founder and President of Alaska Pacific Leasing, President and C.E.O. of Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank, Senior Vice President of Alaska Mutual Bank and General Manager of the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel, but his favorite title was "Papa Forest" or "Montana Cowboy."

During his career he served on many Boards, including The Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau, Common Wealth North, Library Advisory Board, University of Alaska Great Alaska Shoot Out, Downtown Anchorage Association, Anchorage International Airport Tourism Marketing Council, Governor's Prayer Breakfast Committee and St. Mark Lutheran Church.

In his retirement years he has been very active at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, serving on many committees including a term as Council President. One of his greatest joys in retirement was to serve on the Board of Directors of Trinity Lutheran College for six years.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was planning a trip to Baker Lake with his favorite fishing friends up to the minute his health failed.

Forest was the love of Katie's life for forty years. In their blended family they had 6 children, 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren with one more expected in June. None of them were step children to either Forest or Katie and each one knew that they were the most important. He has a sister, Pat, who has 6 daughters that were as important to him as any of his children, as were the spouses of all of them. He will be sorely missed by his large loving family.

Memorial Services will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Marysville on Saturday, April 14th at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Endowment Fund. Please visit to view the photo gallery, or watch the video tribute, and sign the guest book.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2012
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