Nov 13, 1928 – Apr 23, 2021
Paul passed away on Friday April 23, 2021 with his family and friends. A screening will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 2 at Christian Life Fellowship in Ontario. Services will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 3 at Christian Life Fellowship. Interment with Service Distinction will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Payette. Services are under the direction of the Shaffer-Jensen Memorial Chapel, Payette. Condolences can be sent to the Paul family at www.shafferjensen.com.
Paul was born on November 13, 1928 in Goteboe, Oklahoma. Her parents were Jordan and Betty Ogburn. He was the 11th of 12 children. He was happy his parents didn’t stop at 10.
His parents lived on a small farm, raising cattle, wheat and cotton for cash crops. Paul said he would be pulling 50 pounds of cotton a day by the age of four. So his father gave him a regular hand on the pitch at the age of five.
Paul graduated from Lake Valley High School as a class president and lettering in basketball and baseball, as well as a driving school bus.
Paul moved with his family to Ontario, Oregon, in the summer of 1948. His brother, Jason, operated the Eastside laundry and his parents helped out. Paul went to work at Tuttle Lumber Company where he made lifelong friends.
Paul was drafted into the Army in 1950. After a training camp in Louisiana, he was transported with his troops, 5,000 of his closest friends, by boat through the Panama Canal to Japan and into Korea. The winter of 1950-51 was freezing cold. After being released in 1953, he teamed up with his brother-in-law, Wilbur Johnson, and operated the J&O Richfield gas station in Ontario for two years.
Paul courted and married Lou Wauna Downey in 1954. In the spring of 1955, they moved to New Plymouth and began their farming career which spanned 50 years. They raised hay, wheat, corn and chickens for cash cultivation. Later, they started a dairy, raising sugar beets and sweet corn. Always in search of cash, Paul harvested sweet corn for the Idaho Canning Company and later American Fine Foods. Along the way, they raised four children: Paul Jr., Dave, Sandy and Bryan. As with any job, there have been good years and bad years. Paul has kept his strong work ethic and passed it on to his children and grandchildren. Hed says, if you don’t, it won’t.
In 2005, they sold the farm and moved to West Mountain in Cascade. They spent 10 wonderful years there and made many friends. After mom passed away, dad lived with son Bryan for three years before moving to Spring Creek Assisted Living in Fruitland last fall.
Dad passed away on a beautiful spring afternoon with his son, Paul Jr., Beverly and friends, sitting on a patio overlooking the farmland he loved so much. One minute here, the next, he’s gone. We should all be so lucky.
Dad is survived by his daughter, Sandy (Greg) Baskett; sons, Paul Jr. (Beverly), Dave (Charlotte) and Bryan (Jo); 12 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren: and one sister, Betty Johnson