Paul Frederic Eskelin, 71, passed away on April 28, 2014 at his home on Funny River Road in Soldotna.
Paul was born August 19, 1942 on his father's birthday, in Vancouver, Washington and raised on a homestead in nearby La Center. He graduated from La Center High School in 1960. As a young man Paul served in the Air Force. He later obtained a teaching degree from Western Washington State College in Bellingham, Washington.
Paul married Marilyn Bolton in 1973 and with her 2-year-old son Todd, they immediately began their Alaskan adventure. They moved to the remote Aleutian island of Atka where Paul was the sole school teacher in the village for two unforgettable years. After moving to Soldotna in 1975 they had their son Tony and built their home. In 1980 they welcomed twin daughters, Ali and Annie.
Paul started Paul's Wallside, a specialty contracting business he successfully operated for 30 years, before retiring in 2004. He had remarkable vision for construction and carpentry. His avid interests included music, golf, birding, photography, astronomy, aviation, and boat building all of which were later embraced by his children. Paul instilled a lifelong love of fishing, hunting and the outdoors in his children. He also enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends, driving the Alcan Highway many times.
All those who knew Paul will remember him as a caring, thoughtful, and kind person with a gentle nature. He was an exceptional father, an outstanding teacher and regarded by many as the nicest person they ever met. Paul will be forever deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; four children, Todd, Tony, Alison and Andrea; three granddaughters, Caitlyn and Isabella (Todd and Leah), and Sarah (Tony), and grandson Owen Atwood (Annie and Bill); two sisters, Alyce Asch and Cynthia Spurlock; brothers-in-law, John Spurlock and Carl Asch; daughter-in-law Leah Eskelin; son-in-law Bill Atwood; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents John F. and Nelda (Bevard) Eskelin.
A memorial service will be held on June 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the Funny River Community Lutheran Church on Rabbit Run Road. Cards, flowers or donations for a memorial plaque may be sent to the Eskelin residence at 35095 Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 7, 2014