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Joseph Paul

Joseph Charles Paul

Thursday, June 12th, 1941 - Friday, June 12th, 2020
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Joseph Charles Paul of Orem; husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, mentor, and educator died on his 79th birthday, June 12, 2020 from natural causes.

Joe was born to William and Ruby Paul on June 12, 1941 in Somerville, New Jersey. Joe was the youngest of two boys and the inquisitive one. Joe had a thirst for knowledge at a noticeably young age. Joe loved to read, and in that reading he gained knowledge of world history. Joe was a master at knowing all things in different countries from around the world. It would not be uncommon for Joe to see a picture in a book and rattle off the place where it was and the reason the picture was of importance. Coming from a man of only traveling to Mexico, this was very impressive.

Joe’s mother and his music teachers at school taught him to love classical music, French and Italian opera, and later Broadway musicals.

Part of his inquisitiveness helped him learn of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joe grew up a Protestant and attended church regularly. Joe’s father was an alcoholic and because of that, he instinctively looked for a better way of life. Joe turned to religion. He sought out many churches and while impressed with many, he never felt an impulse to join.

After high school, Joe started working in a mail room and befriended a person named, John Ahn from Korea. Dad asked if John was a Buddhist one day and John said no, he was a Mormon. Joe asked, “You are what, again?” John said he was of the Mormon faith. Joe noticed John was a very honest, hardworking, and all-around good person. John encouraged Joe to meet with the missionaries and after his hundredth “no” he reached out to the mission home to have some pamphlets sent to him about the church. Naturally, they sent the missionaries with the pamphlets. Joe Paul was baptized at 18 years of age and had his parents blessing too.

Joe served an LDS mission to the Northwestern States mission. While on his mission, Joe got to see how active LDS families really worked while serving. Joe was blessed to work with many missionaries, and this helped him come out of his shell. He learned to speak up. Over time, he learned to become an extrovert.

Joe met the love of his life, Della Hernandez in March 1971. Della asked Dad to come over to dinner one evening after noticing him at church. After that first date Dad was WHOOPED! He had been bitten by the “love bug” so to speak. Six weeks later, Joe told Della he would be asking her for her hand in marriage and to have an answer. Once the day arrived, Joe got down on bended knee and asked Della to be his wife. Before Della answered she asked him if he would take her to the Celestial Kingdom, he said yes. Joe’s love for his family is unmatched and felt by each family member.

Joe was an educator by profession and loved to watch young and old learn. He taught for over 25 years in the Alpine School District and was even the “Teacher of the Year” in Duchesne County prior to teaching in Orem. Mr. Paul was a staple in the community. If your child was a student of Mr. Paul’s, they were going to learn how to work! Joe was his students’ number one fan! He had an infectious smile and a laugh you could hear down the school hall. He praised his students up one side and down the other on their accomplishments. Joe was a fun co-worker always kidding with the staff, but when times needed to be serious, he was a friend that lent an ear.

Joe read the scriptures every single day. Joe’s favorite scripture is “For behold, this life is the time to prepare to meet God.” That sums it all up. Joe’s testimony of Jesus Christ is his greatest gift to us all.

Joe Paul is survived by his wife, Della Hernandez Paul; daughter’s Ruth Griffin (Kevis), and Linda Palepoi (Charles); grand children Keili Palepoi, Tate Griffin, Patrick Palepoi, Karah Griffin, and CJ Palepoi; great-grand child Mary Kennedy Griffin.

The family would like to thank Cove Point Retirement Center and Valeo Hospice for their loving care of Joe Paul.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Avenue, Provo. There will be a visitation from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Orem Cemetery.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 11:00am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 | 11:15pm
    Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 11:15pm
    Orem City Cemetery
    1520 N 800 E, Orem, UT 84097
    Orem, Utah 84097
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Cheryl Threet

Posted at 05:59pm
Cheryl Threet

Joe and I were teachers at Orchard Elementary in Orem, Utah. I was ready to move on to a different school and Joe was ready for a change as well. We were able to switch schools one year. Joe wanted to come back to Orchard Elementary . I needed a change and transferred to Windsor Elementary. Windsor students missed "their" Mr. Paul and were not the least bit happy that he was no longer there. He had been teaching sixth grade when we traded places, meaning Jr. high school students came back to his room looking for him only to find a stranger in his classroom. I am glad he got back to Orchard. He was a fixture there and even the furniture and walls had missed him! I want to hear his laugh again. It was a one in a million, full on, "I am so enjoying this moment" laugh! I want to again share insights about students. Teachers seek out trusted educators for advice. Joe was willing to listen and was interested in sharing helpful ideas. His quest for excellence was and remains a rare trait. Kudos to parents who worked with Mr. Paul rather than against him as he worked to assist his students in moving farther than they themselves ever imagined. Kudos to students who respected Mr. Paul and sharpened their pencils and their minds on a regular basis. Wishing his family God's blessings as the entire planet adjusts to life without Joe--for a little while.

DiAnn Porter

Posted at 11:53pm
I taught with Joe at Windsor and was always so amazed at his intellect. Since I taught 5/6 grade music he would ask me for insights to his incoming 6th grade students and would write these in RUSSIAN so no one else would know. He was always so kind and helpful. What a wonderful man!

Brad Whittaker

Posted at 05:57pm
So sorry to hear of the passing of a good friend, Joe Paul. Joe was a very special friend and a great help to me when I started my teaching career at East Elementary in Roosevelt, Utah. He was a super teacher and I learned a great deal from him. One great lesson I learned from Joe was the love and concern he had for his students. It was extremely important to him that his students were successful in his class. He will be greatly missed! My love and prayers go out to his sweet wife and daughters.

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