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Paul James DesFosses
POCATELLO - Paul James DesFosses, 70, of Pocatello, Idaho, passed away on June 24, 2011, surrounded by his family at Portneuf Medical Center after sustaining injuries in an automobile incident.
Paul (Jim) was born December 27, 1940, in Pocatello, Idaho. He was the oldest son of Paul Albert and Leoma Haskett DesFosses. He was raised and educated in Pocatello. He was the proud father of three sons and a large extended family.
Paul learned the plumbing trade at an early age in the family business. He moved on to earn advanced degrees in accounting and finance and retired as a senior Treasury agent. After retirement he became a staunch fighter for taxpayer rights founding "The Whistleblowers Coalition" as well as "The Taxpayers Advocate." He also testified before Congress, championing the Taxpayers Bill Of Rights I, II and III.
Paul had always possessed a very strong sense of right and wrong that at times was misunderstood. But, if you ever needed help or a friend, all you had to do was ask. He was a big man with an even bigger heart and an uncompromising view of the world.
During his busy schedule Paul was a devoted father that was very proud of his sons and their achievements. Any free time was spent with the boys exploring mountains and deserts looking for rocks, hunting, fishing and in general just being together. Those times will always be remembered longingly.
Lately, his secret pleasure was spent with his "Little Darling Emilie." On those special Saturdays, he and Emilie would go yard selling, looking for those elusive treasures only a 5-year-old girl would hold dear. Grandpa was powerless to deny her even the smallest request. She will miss him immensely, as will the rest of us.
Paul's accomplishments were impressive by any standard, but if you asked him what he was most proud of he would have told you all about "the boys", Paul A. II, Philippe, Michael and Travis. His greatest sorrow was that his second son, Philippe, preceded him in death at the age of 23.
Paul is survived by his sons, Paul A. II (Monica) DesFosses, Inkom, Idaho, Michael James DesFosses, Pocatello, Idaho; brother, Danny (Lynn) DesFosses, Pocatello, Idaho; sister, Dianne (Craig) Naylor, Pocatello, Idaho; grandchildren, Paul A. III, Emilie, and Peter DesFosses, Inkom, Idaho; and several nieces and nephews. Paul was very proud of his grandchildren and cherished every moment and activity that he had with him. They will miss him greatly. Paul was preceded in death by a son, Philippe James DesFosses, and both parents.
Please join us in a celebration of a great man, a great father, a great grandfather and a great patriot at the Downard Funeral Home, 241 N. Garfield Ave., Pocatello, Idaho, Friday, July 1, 2011, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Russ Blair officiating. A viewing will be held for friends and family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the services.

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Published in Idaho State Journal on Jun. 28, 2011.
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June 29, 2011
Paul, Monica and Kiddos,

I'm sorry to hear about your dad. I hope Little Paul is alright...I hope you'll all be alright soon. RIP Jim.

Laura and Kyler Olschesky
June 28, 2011
Paul is a great man who loved intensely, despite what anyone else could perceive. He stood with principle and defended those same principles with an immense loyalty. His understanding of this nation and its liberties gave him a platform to defend the stances of our founding fathers'. Most in this community will no notice how life will be different without him. However, those who associated with him and sensed his passions know his goodness and feel a huge loss for many years. The quiet contributions he made in his research, sharing such with others, and getting involved to keep government officials at all levels honest was a love secondary only to his family..... Yes, Paul, you succeeded far beyond a simple existence, and there are many who know and love you.

Edmund Cook
Edmund Cook
June 28, 2011
Paul & Monica,

Our thoughts are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Losing a Dad is very difficult. Paul,may all the great memories you had with your Dad shine on you during this difficult time. Take care. Lynne & JP Johnson
Lynne Johnson
June 28, 2011
Paul will be missed. He was a man of note. I was honored to call him "Dad".
Adele Mendoza
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