Donald B. PaulDonald Barton Paul was born to Galerd and Verna Paul on May 12, 1931 in Grand Forks, ND. He passed away at age 79 on April 16, 2011 in Kennewick, WA.
Donald Barton Paul was born to Galerd and Verna Paul on May 12, 1931 in Grand Forks, ND. He passed away at age 79 on April 16, 2011 in Kennewick, WA.
He attended schools in Grand Forks, ND and earned his B.A. degree at U.N.D and his master's degree in Music at the U. of MN.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55 as a musician and a member of the rifle team. Upon honorable discharge Don began his career as a music educator. He taught in Havre, MT., Fisher, MN; Big Sandy, MT., Kennewick High School and Columbia Basin College. His career spanned 30 plus years.
While at Kennewick High School his performance groups received many superior ratings. At Columbia Basin College he founded and directed the Columbia Basin Community Band and the Jazz Unlimited Festival. He served as an adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the Pacific Northwest.
In 2008 he was inducted into the Washington Music Educator's Association Hall of Fame. He also was one of the founders of the Mid-Columbia Brass Quintet. He enjoyed his participation in the Richland Players, Richland Light Opera Co. and the Mid-Columbia Symphony,
Don's photography was a reflection of his love for nature, travel and time spent at Pine Lake, MN and the family cabin at Lake Cle Elem, WA.
Don was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by Jan, his loving wife of 54 years; his sons, Chris (Valerie), grandson Liam; and Mike (Lori). His sons and grandson were a constant source of pride to him.
Don is also survived by his brother Dick (Susan). Sisters Sharon (Bill DeLannoy), Pat (Bill Budge) and numerous nephews and nieces.
Don was a mentor to his students, a motivator to his fellow musicians, always compassionate, thoughtful and loving to his family and friends.
A short Vesper Service will be held at 7 p.m. at Kennewick First Lutheran Church on Sat. Apr. 30.
A " Celebration of Life" will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1st at Einan's Memories at Sunset Event Center, 915 By-Pass Highway, Richland, WA.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Columbia Basin College Instrumental Program.
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