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Paul Steele

October 31, 1923 — July 8, 2015

Paul Duane Steele of Payson Utah died July 8th, 2015, of causes incident to age.

Born October 31, 1923 in Goshen Utah to Raymond Duane Steele and Golden Blanche Sorenson, Paul was preceded in death by an ex-wife, Grace Ann Vanderhoof; a son, Ray Bradley Steele; and three sisters: Lois, Evelyn and Helen. He is survived by a sister, Dorothy Burdick, three sons: Roger, Richard and David; a daughter, Paula Stevens and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Paul was raised in Goshen, farming and studying under his school teacher father, but was always fascinated with airplanes. He graduated from BYU in Physics and taught briefly at Springville High. During WWII Paul trained as a Navy fighter pilot and held the rank of Lieutenant. He piloted crop dusters and owned his own airplane. His subsequent career was in aerospace engineering.

Most of Paul's life was lived in Payson and Goshen, where his 2nd great grandparents were among the original pioneers, and his father wrote the work Goshen Valley History. Paul shared a passion for prospecting and the dream mine with his father, Ray; and was not afraid to pursue his individual beliefs.

Paul's funeral will be held Thursday, July 16th at 11:00, viewing at 9:45 AM, in the LDS church at 75 S 600 E, Payson Utah. He will be interred in the Goshen Cemetery.
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