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Paul Smith


1921 - 2017
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Paul Smith

Paul Smith, loving father of three children, Tim, Polly, and Erin, and grandfather to John Paul, passed away on Tuesday October 3, 2017, at the age of 95.

As a young boy, Paul grew up in Jeffersonville, Indiana, on the banks of the Ohio river with his parents, his two sisters, M.E. and Lois Lee, and brother Chuck. In his youth he delivered blocks of ice to people in his neighborhood, and worked other odd jobs including newspaper delivery to save money during the depression. He taught himself to swim on the shores of the Ohio and eventually was swimming impressive distances. He also built and raced "soap box" cars in his youth and won awards in local derby races. An interest in and natural ability in athletics led to many strengths in college--- Paul was an accomplished gymnast, a competitive tennis player, a distance runner, and also excelled in aquatics and sailing. Also a boxer, he received the Golden Gloves award. During the war, Paul served in the Army Signal Corps, as an inspector and also as a journeyman electrician, based in Sausalito, California. Paul received his B.A. degree from Southern Illinois University. During that time he met his bride to be and wife of over 50 years, Peggy, while the two of them were working for a summer at the Interlochen Academy of Music and Arts. Paul and Peggy settled in the Pacific Northwest where Paul became an instructor of athletics at the University of Washington. He received his M.S. from the University of Washington in 1951. Later, Paul accepted a position as Chair of the P.E. Department at the newly opened Shoreline High School in Seattle. Paul worked as a teacher and later as administrator for the Shoreline School District that became his life position, until he retired there in 1989. During that time Paul received many awards and recognition, in a career that included extensive books and other educational publications, numerous citations in Who's Who, (Marquis Who's Who in the West; Who's Who in the United States, Who's Who in Washington, and Who's Who, Seattle District Officials). In 1988, he received the Channing Mann Award given by the American Council of City and County Directors of Physical Education and Athletics, and in 1989 he was inducted into the Washington State Athletic Directors Hall of Fame. Paul was also very active in the 's Jump Rope for Heart program, serving as a program consultant and program developer. Students in the Shoreline Schools and in the Seattle area knew Paul as the "fitness guy" in the '60s who had an exercise program on the local public television station. Paul was active in numerous national fitness organizations, where he held either consultant positions or duties as elected official, including: President, Washington Association, H.P.E.R. (Health, Physical Education and Recreation); Chair, Elementary School Physical Education Section, A.A.P.H.E.R.; also President, Northwest Section; Executive board; Representative Assembly, Board of Governors, and other positions.

Paul's lifelong dedication as an educator of teachers, students, and community members of all ages was legendary in the community in which he lived and served. He was in frequent demand as a guest clinician and workshop presenter, having conducted many workshops on physical education and fitness in 18 states and Canada. His summer course taught for years at the BYU Hawaii Campus in Laie on the island of Oahu was extremely popular and always highly enrolled. A proponent of lifelong learning and discovery, he led two travel tours for the People to People organization later in his life, one tour of PRC (China) and another to the Soviet Union.

His dedication to learning and discovery also led him to devise exercises and methods for children and adolescents to assist in improving their athletics, and reading skills, for those who exhibited signs of dyslexia.

Paul was also a loving and caring family man whose family remembers his particular dedication to family traditions such as those celebrated around holidays, particularly the Christmas season. Borne of a solid work ethic, Paul was always an early riser---usually the earliest in the Smith household---but on Christmas Eve he could be found staying up till all hours of the night (and early morning) assembling the Christmas "surprise" gifts for his children to be ready for them on Christmas morning.

Paul was preceded in death by his wife Peggy, his wife of almost 60 years. His three children will always remember their dad for his vibrant energy, his lust for life (basically unchanged for all of his 95 years) and, of course, for his goofy jokes.

Services will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 2 PM, at the

Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home,

14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle.

Donations may be sent in Paul's name to the

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Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 15, 2017
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