Paul John Seidelman(1946 - 2013)

Paul John Seidelman
Jan. 29, 1946 - Jan. 7, 2013
Resident of Lafayette
Paul John Seidelman passed away suddenly, Monday, January 7 in Concord, California.
Born in Oakland California to Herbert and Thelma Seidelman, his early childhood was spent in Park Merced, but the majority of his youth was spent in Menlo Park where some of his fondest memories were of his years as a student at St. Raymonds. He graduated from Menlo Atherton High School and received a BS and MS in Geology from San Jose State University. Between degrees he served three years in the Navy teaching electronics on Treasure Island. After graduation, he moved to the East Bay and worked for the US Forest Service where he was the youngest chief geologist for the California Region.
In 1980, Paul opened his own geotechnical firm, Seidelman Associates, in Lafayette. He later started a construction company, Foundations and Earth Retaining Systems. He continued the work he loved up to the day he passed. He was well respected by his colleagues and the many clients/friends he worked with over the years.
Paul loved to fish, spend time on the water in the Bay, Hawaii and Lake Tahoe. He also was a renaissance man who enjoyed the pleasures of: classical music, political discussions, poker, the stock market, films and especially his favorite team, the San Francisco Giants. Paul had a twinkle in his eye and an infectious laugh that affected everyone around. His greatest love was his family and was a rock to all those closest to him.
Paul is survived by: wife, Laura, daughters Michelle and Jennifer; step-children Patti, Deborah, Bill and wife Anne, Heidi and husband, Phil; grandchildren Corin, Devi, Adam, Isaac, and Silvio; Sister Karen Cover and husband Dick; sister-in-law, Fay Chazin, nieces Eva and Rosa; Sister-in-law, Coleen Ricksen; and first wife Judy Masters.
A celebration of life for Paul John Seidelman will be held Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2pm, at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, 66 St. Stephens Dr., Orinda, CA. A reception will follow at the church.
ln lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shelter, Inc., 1815 Arnold Drive, Martinez, CA 94553.


Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 10, 2013