Paul Smilanich
1932 - 2020
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Paul Smilanich, age 87, passed away at UC Davis Medical Center on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, his two daughters, Susan (Bruce Poulsen) and Jane. He was born in the mining town of Bingham Canyon, Utah, to George and Milka Smilanch, on December 5th, 1932. He was the third child of George and Milka and the youngest brother of Steve and Milan, all previously deceased. In his high school he was Student Body President and a leader in his community. He graduated from the University of Utah and through ROTC he joined the United States Air Force and served as a Navigator. He left the Air Force as a Captain. This gave him many experiences of travel through the United States and Japan. After completion of his military commitment, he worked at Aerojet for many years. He then worked for the City of Sacramento as the Director of Solid Waste for the remainder of his career. Barbara and Paul enjoyed 58 years of marriage, traveling, golfing, dinner with friends, and Saturday date nights. Due to COVID, his services will be limited to family only with a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice in his name.

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Published in The Sacramento Bee on Jun. 14, 2020.
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July 17, 2020
My husband and Had the privilege of working for Paul about 1989 in Solid Waste. Great boss/person. I am glad to know he had a long life. Barbara, So sorry for your loss.
Bill and Rebecca Dansby
June 14, 2020
So sorry to hear of Mr. Smilanich's passing. What a nice man he was. One of the nicest people I've ever known. So patient and good-hearted. I so enjoyed meeting with Barbara and Paul when I was moving my mom's things out of the house next door. He had a long life, which makes me very happy as I know his own father died very young. I am glad I got to know him better during our meeting that evening. A very good person, patient, kind, even-keeled, appreciative of what he had, and not greedy...I feel I learned a lot about how to live just by seeing how he lived. I'm so happy to have known him, and am very sorry for your and our of our loss in his passing.
Jessica Ainsworth
June 14, 2020
Dear Barbara and family: I am so sorry to learn of Paul's passing in the Sacramento Bee. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor to the Ainsworth family for almost 50 years. Though we did not get together that often over the years I always enjoyed talking with him. He was a kind and thoughtful man. I also remember teaching tennis to your daughters such a long time ago. I very much enjoyed that. All of my family expresses our deepest sympathies and condolences to you at this very difficult time. Much love. Tim Ainsworth and the Ainsworth family
timothy ainsworth
June 14, 2020
Paul was a great co-worker/Aerojet. with the names Smilanich and Jurisic (mine) we found each other! Always enjoyed Paul's humor/friendliness. Also worked many years of Jazz Festival/Garbage KING at the time.
Shirley A Jurisic
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