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Paul Randall Banks

DEL RIO Paul Randall Banks, 60, of Del Rio, Texas, died of colon cancer Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Paul was born March 29, 1952, in Midwest City, Okla., to Charles and Ruth Banks. A military family, they lived in El Paso, Texas, Fairbanks, Alaska, and settled down in San Angelo, Texas. Paul graduated from Central High School in 1970, received his Bachelor of Science from Angelo State University and his Masters of Science from Sul Ross State University. Paul coached and taught at high schools in Bandera, Rocksprings and Oracle, Ariz., before moving to Del Rio, Texas, where he became a professor at Southwest Texas Junior College. He taught biology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology until his retirement. Many of his students would go into the nursing field from which he benefited during his illness. He was always glad to see a former student ready to assist him. Paul is survived by his brothers, John (Jean) of Aledo, Texas, David (Karen), Gary (Dana) of San Angelo, Texas; and sister Karen Payne (Glenn) of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Charles; and one niece, Janielle. Paul had many good friends including his childhood friend, Wayne and Sarah Schultz, San Angelo, Mike Schultz, New Jersey, David Wilde, Paul David Swaim, Arkansas. From Del Rio, Kent and Beki Slayton, Myles Jakubowski, Ted Schechter, Frank Fowler, Marisa Magana, Don Lawrence, Rick and Carol Hudson. All of these friends loved the lake and sailing and spent good times with Paul. In his last months, they all came to his assistance bringing him food, taking him to doctor's appointments, spending hours at the hospital with him or dropping by his RV just to visit. They helped his family with Paul's care in San Antonio and Del Rio. They have cared for his boats, RVs and cats while he was gone. During his illness Paul was always gracious, patient and thankful to everyone he met. He loved life and fought hard for each day he had. Paul traveled from Alaska to the Amazon, sailed the Caribbean, but loved Lake Amistad the most. Paul, sail fast, live slow in that next life, just like you did in this one! We love you brother.




Published in GoSanAngelo from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2013
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