Paul entered this world as a double feature Aug. 31, 1937, with his twin sister following shortly behind him (28 minutes to be exact). Paul sadly lost his battle from numerous health issues, with pneumonia being the latest, Jan. 23, 2013. He fought each step with willingness and a wanting to live. He was surrounded by his very close Swedish family and friends at his passing.
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Paul attended school in the Cache County School District. He attained and maintained perfect attendance through out his elementary, junior high and high school years. Paul was a cheerleader at Wellsville Junior High. He graduated from South Cache in 1956 and followed with one year at USU.
Paul was very active in his church. He received his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America and with his twin sister they served three years as youth dance directors. They taught many styles of dances in preparation for the annual "Gold and Green Balls." This was a very prominent event that the church sponsored for the youth groups. Each ward worked to present their dances at the stake level and then the stakes were honored to present a more spectacular show at Rice Stadium on the University of Utah campus each year. This was a highlight of their church activities, to be able to serve the youth groups.
Paul received a call to serve a mission to the country of Sweden, one of his ancestral countries, Denmark and Norway being the other two of his family tree. His ability to pick up the Swedish language in three weeks immersed him into his mission work very quickly. He served in the City of Gavle. The last three to six months of his mission, the president called him to serve at the mission home in Stockholm.
Upon returning from his mission, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served two years for his country. Paul returned home and worked various jobs in the valley. In 1967, Paul once again returned to Gavle, Sweden where he was employed by a family that had befriended him while serving his mission. Paul left that business and in 1989, with a business partner, invested and opened an antique store. He worked that business for 23 years and in December 2012 made the decision to retire.
Paul's dream was to split his time during the years living in America and Sweden. He wanted to come and spend more time with his American family. He never forgot that he had this family here. Paul had resided in Gavle for the past 45 years.
Paul was preceded in death by his grandparents on both sides; parents Richard Basil and Kate Rose Eliason; siblings Lavina Rose Hutchison, Val Peter, Boyd J., Richard Claire and Thayle Rose Eliason, older brother Calvin Basil, and twin sister and twin brother. Paul is survived by his twin sister Pauline "Hoppie" Rose Eliason of Brea, Calif., Stephen Rose Eliason (Marilyn) of Logan, Utah, and Douglas Rose Eliason of Las Vegas, Nev.; sisters-in-law Marilyn (Thayle) Eliason of Wellsville, Utah, Sally (Pete) Eliason of Las Vegas, Nev., and Shirlee (Dick) Eliason of Preston, Idaho. He claims a plethora of nieces/nephews (68), great-nieces/nephews (183) and great-great-nieces/nephews (70), plus his Swedish family and friends.
His funeral was held at The Eternal Life Chapel on Feb. 22, 2013. His interment will be at the The Woodland Cemetery in the City of Gavle, Sweden, on April 22, 2013.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2013