Paul Leander Brink died on January 26, 2013, at the Apple Valley Post-Acute Rehab facility in Sebastopol. He was 89 years old, born to Swedish immigrants, Arvid and Irene Brink, on March 9, 1923. He had one brother, the late Vernon Brink. Paul graduated from Balboa High School, Class of Fall 1941, and enlisted into the Army during WWII. He was a Private First Class in the 244th Field Artillery Battalion, Normandy, Northern France from February 1943 until 1945. He married his wife of 65 years, Diane Brink, in 1947. Paul and Diane went to the same high school but first became acquainted in Rio Nido (Russian River) during the Big Band Era. After they married, they lived in the Bay Area and had three daughters. Paul retired at the age of 53 from the American Can Company where he worked as a machinist. Paul and Diane moved to the family's summer cabin in Odd Fellows Park, Guerneville, where they spent many years renovating the cabin into a year-round home and enjoying the Redwood trees, his garden and the nature that surrounded them. Odd Fellows Park was very special to Paul, and Paul was very special to Odd Fellows Park. His approach to life was forthright, steady and unwavering, and his constant love and support will be sorely missed. Paul is survived by his wife, Diane Brink; daughters Paula Brink-Hart, Carey Brink and Susi LaRose; son-in-laws Thomas Hart, Todd Hoener and Steve LaRose; grandchildren Grayson Hart, Corianne Hart, Kylan Hoener and wife Hanna, Renna Hoener, Dustin Cavness and partner Brittany Bardella, and Ari LaRose; great granddaughter Maysin Cavness. Our family would like to thank Kaiser Hospital and Apple Valley for their awesome compassionate care of Paul. Well, Dad, I know you were fond of saying "no report" at the Odd Fellows Park board meetings, but this is our report and I hope it does you proud. A celebration of his life will be held at the Odd Fellows Park clubhouse on Saturday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2013