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Boyd C. Paulson

Resident of Menlo Park, CA

Boyd C. Paulson passed on peacefully in his Menlo Park home, surrounded by family, on November 9, 2010. He is survived by his devoted wife, Emma May H. Chaves Paulson (m. 2002), three daughters Gina (Tom) Vadnais of Moraga, CA, Beth (Dieter) Krewedl of Truckee, CA, and Kathy (Darrell) Icenogle of Dunstable, MA, daughter-in-law, Jane Paulson of Menlo Park, CA, nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. Sadly, Barbara M. Paulson, his wife for 56 years, son Boyd C. Paulson, Jr., and daughter Trisha Paulson Jaeger passed on before him. Boyd became a beloved member of May's family, including her three children Emerson, Connie, and Bullit. His twin sister, Barbara Paulson Hatch still resides in Salt Lake City, UT.

Boyd was born at home on September 30, 1925 in Salt Lake City, and raised by Zora and George Paulson. After serving as a Lieutenant in the Navy during WWII, he earned a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Illinois, which began a long, successful career, constructing dams, tunnels, and mining sites around the world with Utah International. His family followed him from project to project, until settling in California, when Boyd was promoted to VP of Operations for Australia, South America, and the US. He earned an Advanced Management Program Degree from Harvard Business School in 1971. One high point of Boyd's career was managing projects for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme in New South Wales, Australia, where he fulfilled his dream to build a concrete dam using Hoover Dam construction techniques, drilled a 13.5 mile tunnel from 2 ends, and broke the world record for distance tunneled for 52 weeks in a row. He loved his work.

After retiring in 1983, Boyd pursued other goals, building a house for family gatherings in Truckee, travelling for pleasure, mastering the computer, perfecting his golf game, and helping remodel the Peninsula Golf & Country Club. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Of all the things he constructed over his lifetime, his greatest legacy is the solid foundation he built for his children. They will cherish his memory.

Services will be held at 11am on Saturday, Nov 13, in the chapel at Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a contribution to the Stanford Cancer Center (http://cancer.stanford.edu/help/ or call 650-234-0651).
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 12, 2010
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