Paul Damian Tarbuck
1961 - 2021
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6/6/1961 - 5/1/2021 Paul Damian Tarbuck, 59, of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, passed away May 1, 2021, after a heroic 45-day battle with CoVid-19. Paul was born June 6, 1961 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He was born to George (Mike) and Betty Kay (MacFarlane) Tarbuck. Paul graduated from Proctor High School in 1979 and pursued his engineering interests at Brown Institute in Minneapolis, MN. He was recruited by TRW in Redondo Beach, CA out of college and began his 35-year career in the Aerospace Industry of which 33 of those years were at the Hughes Aircraft/Boeing Company, ultimately contracting as a Senior System Engineer/Architect after his retirement in 2016. While working full-time, he pursued and was awarded his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA in 2004. Paul holds four (4) United States patents for his engineering work and used his knowledge to mentor others. He was a lifelong outdoorsman, avid golfer, loved football and hockey, and being a grandfather. His family and friends recall him as our rock. A true man of faith, we are all left better people for having known and loved him. Paul is survived by his wife, Beth (Whalon) Tarbuck of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, his daughter, Bianca Tarbuck of Goleta, CA, granddaughters, Kayla Rundquist, of Redondo Beach, CA, and Olivia Mullen, of Goleta, CA, father George "Mike" Tarbuck, of Cohasset, MN, mother Betty (MacFarlane) Johnson (Brian) of Duluth, MN, sisters Celeste Tarbuck (Mike Loftus) of Grand Rapids, MN and Heidi Tarbuck of Corpus Christi, TX, brother Chad Johnson (Kris) of West Fargo, ND, mother-in-law Mavis Whalon of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, and sisters-in-law Lois Fisher of Torrance, CA and Janice Langis (Michael) of Springfield, OR and countless nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by his beloved golden retriever, Ellie Claire. The memorial service (5/25/2021, 2pm) will be live-streamed via a link on the Green Hills website at Anyone wishing to donate in Paul's memory is asked to contribute to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society in his name.

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on May 22, 2021.
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May 28, 2021
Paul was a great friend. We spent many years together during our early years at Hughes that I will never forget. He will be deeply missed.
Tony Cerda
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