Dr. Paul James Puffer, 77, of Molalla, Ore., passed away peacefully Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. His devoted wife of 53 years, Carma, was by his side.
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Dr. Puffer was born Jan. 29, 1935, in Beaver, Utah, to Ephraim and Burdetta Puffer. Burdetta was later married to Lamont Harris of Smithfield, Utah. He served a Western States mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1956-1958. He attended Utah State University where he earned his undergraduate in 1959 and moved to Oregon later that year to attend University of Oregon Dental School (OHSU). In 1959 he married Carma Swalberg of Marysvale, Utah, and in August 1963 they moved to Molalla.
Dr. Puffer loved his community and found various ways to serve through school board, city planning commission and many other civic community associations. He held multiple church leadership positions including being an early-morning Seminary teacher and bishop. Dr. Puffer was an avid Boy Scout leader and was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Boy Scouts of America for his distinguished service.
Among Dr. Puffer's favorite activities were attending Molalla High School sporting events. He could often be heard cheering on the basketball and football teams and making sure the referees got the call right.
Dr. Puffer began practicing dentistry in 1963 and, aside from his family and church, his work was his greatest passion. He was a lifelong learner, always reading and researching the latest trends in the dental field. He was designated a Mastership from the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD), a title that requires over 1000 hours of continuing education. He served as president of the Academy of General Dentistry from 1985-1986 and in 1990 received the Dr. Richard L. Moore Distinguished Service Award from the American Orthodontic Society. As a longtime dentist, Dr. Puffer was able to treat some families for multiple generations.
Dr. Puffer is survived by his wife and ten children, Sue Maben, Jim Puffer, Jill Parker, Dr. Shauna Pier, Lance Puffer, Alicia Flynn, Ben Puffer, Rick Puffer, Marilee Sears and Dr. Steven Puffer; 32 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Clark Puffer and sister Ruth Swaner. His daughter Kimberly Williams and grandson William Flynn preceded him in death.
Services were held for Dr. Puffer on Nov. 10, 2012. He was buried at Adams Cemetery next to his daughter Kimberly.
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Published in Logan Herald Journal from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2012