Paul J. Powers, Jr.
May 18, 1929 ~ May 14, 2013
SALINAS, CA – Paul J. Powers, Jr., 83, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 18, 1929 in Los Angeles, CA to Paul J. and Beatrice Powers.
Paul grew up in Westwood and Long Beach, CA, graduating from St. Anthony's High School and went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration. He was a proud member of Phi Delta Theta at USC. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC during the Korean War
. When he came home to Long Beach, he served as Plant Manager for Purex Corporation until he moved the family to Salinas to start Powers Rentals in 1966.
Paul was an avid pilot of his Turbo Piper Lance based out of the Salinas Airport with an IFR rating and thousands of hours of flight time. One of Paul's greatest joys in life was flying…whether taking people who had never flown to see whales in the Monterey Bay, or business and family trips across the country. He enjoyed traveling the world and spending time with his children and grandchildren especially in the Lake Tahoe and Maui areas.
Paul was a very active member of the community, serving on numerous boards and committees: California Rental Association – President, California Rental Association Northern Chapter – President, Rental Industry Association – Chairman of the Board, American Rental Association – Director, Scaffold Industry Association – Founder and President, Salinas Valley Builder's Exchange – President, Monterey County Sheriff's Department Aero Squadron – Commander, City of Salinas Airport Commission, Rotary Club
of Salinas, Salinas Rodeo, Salinas Airshow, Salinas Owners and Pilots Association and Notre Dame High School Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Beatrice Powers; his sisters, Kathleen Merrick and Miriam Stracke.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carlene Powers; his children, Paul (Karen) Powers III of Corral de Tierra, Melinda (Steve) Costa of Salinas, Susan (Marguerite) Powers of Salinas, Linda Ferhmann of Toronto, James Powers of Toronto; and his grandchildren, Matthew, Adam and Megan Costa, Patrick and Jacquelynn Powers, Sharon and Daniel Ferhmann.
The family would like to give a very special thank you to all of his caring doctors, nurses and therapists at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis Street, Salinas, CA 93901.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:00pm at Struve and Laporte in Salinas with burial following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907.
Memorials in the name of Paul J. Powers, Jr. may be made to the
and the Rotary Club of Salinas, CA.
Funeral arrangements are by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. To offer online condolences, visit: www.struveandlaporte.com.