Paul J. Powers Jr.(1929 - 2013)


Paul J. Powers Jr.

Paul J. Powers, Jr., 83, of Salinas, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 14, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 18, 1929 in Los Angeles, to Paul J. and Beatrice Powers.

Paul grew up in Westwood and Long Beach, graduating from St. Anthony's High School and went on to graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in Business Administration. He was a proud member of Phi Delta Theta at USC. He served in the U.S. Army at Ft. McNair in Washington DC during the Korean War. When he came home to Long Beach, he served as Plant Manager for Purex Corporation until he moved the family to Salinas to start Powers Rentals in 1966.

Paul was an avid pilot of his Turbo Piper Lance based out of the Salinas Airport with an IFR rating and thousands of hours of flight time. One of Paul's greatest joys in life was flying…whether taking people that had never flown to see whales in the Monterey Bay, or business and family trips across the country. He enjoyed traveling the world and spending time with his children and grandchildren, especially in the Lake Tahoe and Maui areas.

Paul was a very active member of the community serving on numerous boards and committees, California Rental Association - President, California Rental Association Northern Chapter - President, Rental Industry Association - Chairman of the Board, American Rental Association - Director, Scaffold Industry Association - Founder and President, Salinas Valley Builder's Exchange - President, Monterey County Sheriff's Department Aero Squadron - Commander, City of Salinas Airport Commission, Rotary Club of Salinas, Salinas Rodeo, Salinas Airshow, Salinas Owners and Pilots Association and Notre Dame High School Board

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Beatrice Powers; and his sisters, Kathleen Merrick and Miriam Stracke.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carlene Powers; his children, Paul (Karen) Powers III of Corral de Tierra, Melinda (Steve) Costa of Salinas, Susan (Marguerite) Powers of Salinas, Linda Ferhmann of Toronto, James Powers of Toronto; and his grandchildren, Matthew, Adam and Megan Costa, Patrick and Jacquelynn Powers, Sharon and Daniel Ferhmann.

The family would like to give a very special thank you to all of his caring doctors, nurses and therapists at SVMH.

Visitation will be held Monday, May 20, 2013 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., at Struve and Laporte in Salinas.

Burial following at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 18200 Damian Way, Salinas, CA 93907.

Memorials in the name of Paul J. Powers, Jr., can be made to the and the Rotary Club of Salinas.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to


Funeral Home

Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-0311

Published in The Salinas Californian on May 17, 2013