Paul Woodin, age 64, passed away on March 2, 2012 at the Oregon Veteran's Home. Paul was born in Sandwich, Illinois. His childhood was spent mostly in New York State. He graduated from Florida Air Academy in 1965 and from St. Louis University's Parks College of Aeronautical Technology in 1972. In 1968 Paul volunteered for military service in the U.S. Army and fought in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970.
In 1969 Paul married Katherine O'Shea in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked for Lockheed in Burbank, California, from 1972 to 1974 and moved to the Northwest in 1975 to work at the Martin Marietta Aluminum Plant in Goldendale. Paul was transferred to the Martin Marietta Aluminum Plant in Torrance, California in 1979, and returned to Goldendale in 1992. When Goldendale Aluminum closed, Paul started his own business assisting community renewable energy projects, most recently working with the Community Renewable Energy Association of Oregon.
Throughout his life Paul enjoyed many activities, including flying, sailing, swimming, hunting, fishing, anything related to state of the art technology, and, most recently, gourmet barbequing. Paul's intelligence, wit, love of family and love of life will be sorely missed by his family and by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Katie Woodin, of Goldendale, his daughter, Erica Woodin, her husband, Chuck Frank, and grandson Jonah Frank of Victoria, British Columbia; his son, John Woodin and his wife Jennifer (Canoy) Woodin of Port Angeles, Washington; his sister, the Reverend Dr. Roberta Cabot and her husband Sam Cabot of Manistee, Michigan; his aunt, Nancy Keim, of Nampa Idaho, and numerous cousins in Idaho and New York. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Woodin, and his mother, Dorothy (Petzke) Woodin.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at Spencer, Libby and Powell Funeral Home in The Dalles, with a funeral luncheon afterwards at Riverenza.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests persons wishing to do so make donations to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of choice