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Paul Vernon DeForest


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Paul Vernon DeForest Obituary

Paul Vernon DeForest was born November 10, 1951 in Alturas, CA to Ches and Grace DeForest of Likely, CA. When he was six months old his family moved to Oregon House, CA. He attended school there, in a one-room school house, until 8th grade. When Paul moved on to Marysville High School his class size changed from 3 students to 300 students. Needless to say, this was quite an adjustment and he did not enjoy his high school years. He went as far as hiding from the bus and telling his dad that he missed the bus that day!

The day after graduation, at 17 years old, he moved to Sierra Valley and began working for the Lucky Hereford Ranch. During this time he decided to attend a rodeo school in Oakdale, CA and this is where he sustained his first of many occupational injuries. He became hung up on a bareback horse and spent months recuperating.

Between 1969 and 1980 he held various jobs. He traveled the country with a show string of Hereford cattle, worked for the Flournoys in Likely and for Bill and Gwen Warren in Loyalton.

Paul and Karin Alexander were married in 1981 and moved to Grandview, ID. They returned to Sierra Valley and had three children: Tamsen, Summer and Thad.

In 1990 Paul moved his family to Ash Valley, CA. They were fortunate to get the opportunity to lease the original ranch, which had been homesteaded by his mothers' family, the Baths' in 1881. They were eventually able to purchase it and another family ranch in Ash Valley in 2004 and moved a few miles down the road, where they reside to this day.

Paul valiantly battled cancer since 2012. He passed away on March 3, 2016 in his home in Ash Valley. He is survived by his wife Karin, his children Tamsen (Wynn) Myers of Adin, Summer (Jim) Neubert of Stonyford, Thad (Amanda) DeForest of Ash Valley and grandchildren Case, Ashlyn, Ainsley and Annette Myers and Nathan Neubert. Siblings Cheryl DeForest, Tom DeForest (Kathy), Bev Tipton (Bo) and Charles DeForest (Becky) and many loving nieces and nephews, especially Drew Alexander. He was preceded in death by his parents Ches and Grace DeForest.

Services will be held at the Adin Community Bible Church in Adin on Saturday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m. with dinner provided at the Adin Community Hall following the services.

In lieu of flowers please give your memorial donation to Intermountain Hospice, Intermountain Cattlewomen Scholarship Fund or a .

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2016
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