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Paul Carroll McGehee

November 4, 1927 — March 19, 2023

Santaquin

Paul Carroll McGehee

After a two month earthly separation from his beloved, Paul Carroll McGehee of Santaquin was reunited with his wife on March 19, 2023. Paul was known to his family as a gentle giant. He had a heart of Gold and always made each one of us feel special. Paul was the calm in the storm. His love for life and his endless gratitude for his family and friends has endeared him to us forever. He will be our angel forever. He left this world surrounded by family and friends at the age of 95. He will be sorely missed by all.

Paul was born to TC McGehee Sr. and Vera Louisa Williams in Elk City, Oklahoma on November 4, 1927. He was the youngest of three children. At the age of 10 he moved to Chino, California. He graduated from Chino High School in 1946. He then served in the Army Air Corps from Jan to July 1946 and the Army Air Force from August 1946 to July 1947. He met Roberta Stevens in 1951.They wed in 1953 and established residence in Montclair, California where their five children were born and raised.  They were sealed in the Los Angeles temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1974.

Paul was the MacGyver of the McGehee household, He could fix anything! Paul worked for the Jewel Tea Company from 1956-1963. He was an agent with National Life Insurance from 1963-1968, He worked for French’s as a route salesman from 1968 until he retired in 1990. After Paul retired they moved to Joshua Tree, CA. In 1993 he worked as a part–time custodian at Friendly Hills Elementary in Joshua Tree. He loved being amongst the children and watching them learn and grow. Paul loved his family and he was dedicated to them. He adored his children and was overjoyed when the grandchildren started coming into his life. He loved meeting and enjoying each new addition to the McGehee Family. He cherished the time he had with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Paul served many callings in the church and treated each one as if it was the most important. Paul was humble, dedicated and grateful for each new adventure.

After his children were grown, Paul and Roberta had the opportunity to travel, visiting many areas of the United States, as well as England, Scotland and Ireland. Paul was patriotic and was grateful that he had the opportunity to serve his fellowman and fight for our freedoms. Paul enjoyed a good dessert. Ice Cream, Pie and Cookies were amongst his favorites. Paul enjoyed westerns from reading Louis L’Amour to watching The Virginian, Gun Smoke and Wagon Train and others on the TV. He had many hobbies, some of which were gardening, wood working, camping, and working on cars, model airplanes, and trains. He enjoyed getting together with his family. He felt so grateful for the life he was given and the many years he was here to share his love.  He enjoyed each and every person that was part of his life. He felt so blessed to have received such a cherished Legacy.

Paul and Roberta settled in Santaquin in 2006 to be closer to their lifelong friends, Lon Que and Joyce Adams who had introduced the McGehee family to the church. In Santaquin, they made close friendships with neighbors that often visited. Paul genuinely cared for them and felt they were an extension of his family. Later in life Paul cared for his wife, he had so many angels on earth that helped care for her .While spending time with Paul, others could feel his love. Paul always liked to “give credit where credit was due.” He loved all that he was given and all that others did to add to his life. Paul touched the lives of many with his gentle, loving and grateful soul. He would make sure that his gratitude was shared. He felt so blessed to be cared for with such respect and dignity. He enjoyed each person that cared for him.

The family wants to thank each person that has cared for their Father and Grandfather in his last days. His life on earth was precious and we will be forever grateful for all those that touched his life in so many ways. Thankful for the angels here on earth, you all know who you are!

Paul was preceded in death by his eternal companion, Roberta Kay McGehee, Jan 21 2023, his brother TC “Bud” McGehee Jr. 2022, Robert Allen McGehee, nephew 2009,his sister Glenna June Everett, 2009 Jerrel Everett ,nephew 2006 and his parents, step-mother Juanita McGehee, step-father Charles Miller, and son-in-law Thomas Hill. He is survived by his niece Carolyn Green, his children Cindy Tygerson of Billings, MT, Catherine Hill of Santaquin, UT, Dennis McGehee of Carson City, NV, Lori McGehee-(Michael) Sullivan of Palm Springs, CA, and Todd (Julie) McGehee of South Lake Tahoe, CA, as well as 17 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 1:30pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 250 South 580 East, Santaquin. A public viewing will begin at 12 noon.

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