Paul Summers
1935 - 2021
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January 30, 1935 - January 5, 2021

Paul Dan Summers was born in Bakersfield, California, on January 30, 1935 to Dan Hudson Summers and Christine Noriega Summers. Paul passed away on January 5, 2021, with his family by his side.

Paul was a proud 1953 graduate of Garces Memorial High School. After Garces, Paul attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and California State University at Fresno where in 1957 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a California Teaching Credential. He later added a Masters Degree in Educational Administration.

Paul was an outstanding educator, serving most of his career in the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office (KCSOS). His career began as a Science teacher in the Panama School District. He later worked at Mettler School in the El Tejon School District. Paul then accepted a position with KCSOS as Child Welfare and Attendance and Administrative Consultant. This is where he completed his Masters Degree in Educational Administration. He retired from KCSOS in 1995 as an Administrator of Student Services. As an Administrator he oversaw the operation of three environmental education camps, multiple child development centers and Court and Community Schools. His extensive network of "connections" throughout the years provided KCSOS with multiple benefits.

Paul also loved his Basque heritage. His grandfather was a co-founder and later sole owner of the Noriega Hotel. His grandmother was the first Basque woman in Kern County.

He is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Sally Kleier Summers, of 64 years, daughter, Cindy Anspach (Tom), Scott Summers (Sherry), Patrick Summers (Carolyn), Christie Reed (Walt), 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank The Village at Seven Oaks Assisted Living and Hoffmann Hospice for their unwavering care and support they provided for not only Paul but the family as well.

Funeral services for Paul will be held at a later date due to the current gathering restrictions.


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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jan. 10, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
Mr. Summers was an incredible man. He hired my father in 1971 and was the boss my father always looked up to as a role model. His professional support of his employees and their families was something all of us remember so fondly. The friendship that existed past both Paul's and Jerry's retirements meant a great deal to my father. We dearly remember Paul calling my stepmother to extend his condolences when my father passed away. We know that they are watching their favorite teams together in heaven because if you listen closely you can hear their cheers.
Much Love to the Summers Family
from the Crow Family
Carrie Donel Crow
January 10, 2021
Condolences and prayers for the Summers Family.
Mark & Robyn Garibaldi
January 10, 2021
Paul Summers was an incredible science teacher. He was my home room teacher at Mettler School in 1963. Prayers and Blessings to his family. May he Rest In Peace.
Martin Castro
January 10, 2021
Paul was my 7th and 8th grade teacher at Panama school in 1961-63. He was one of the best teachers I ever had and helped me appreciate my schooling even more. He had been a great friend ever since and we have done many things together. I have had other students tell me as well as to how he had helped them. I later worked for Paul for many years. He was a man with great work ethics that was contagious to all that worked for him. I have a lot of unforgettable memories of Paul and will miss my friend. Sincerely Larry Fachin
Larry Fachin
January 10, 2021
Mr. Summers was my 7th-8th grade science teacher at Panama Junior High (1962-64). He was one of the most influential teachers I ever had in my lifetime. The unique experiences and education we were afforded by him were unprecedented, inspiring, and memorable. I will never forget him. Rest In Peace, Mr. Summers. Sincere condolences to your family.
Vickie Burke Schallock
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