Obituaries: Paul A. Rosendahl Jr. (1926-2007)

December 21, 2007 11:00 pm
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Paul A. Rosendahl Jr., was born November 21, 1926 in Pueblo, Colorado and died Dec. 15, 2007 in Sacramento, at the age of 81.

He is survived by his children Kris-tina Mowles, Karin Keneller and Eric Rosendahl. He was preceded in death by his son Skip Rosendahl. He leaves behind 10 grandchildren and a partner, Emma Rodgers, and joins one grandson in death. Paul loved his family above everything else.

Paul was a U.S. Navy veteran and served his country during WWII. He loved his country. Active in Kiwanis and Elks Clubs (among many others), he loved participating in the community and was always there to lend a helping hand. Paul helped during the tsunami and flood of 1964 rescuing people along the banks of the Smith River. He helped in the rebuilding of Smith River United Methodist Church when burned by arson. He participated in school sponsored events in Smith River Elementary and Del Norte County High School as all four of his children attended and graduated from those schools. Paul was a Boy Scout leader, took his sons on Scouting Jamborees, and helped his boys earn their badges. He never missed a single Father-Daughter Girl Scout Dinner with his daughters. One of his most favorite activities was camping with his family during the summer breaks, where he boated and water skied. Paul loved weekends with his children as he took turns waking them at 4 a.m. in order to get to the Smith River to fish by daylight. As a grandfather, his love and pride showed in his eyes and his laughter when he was around them all. He loved to travel and visited Honduras, Mexico, Spain and Canada, as well as many of the states in the US.

He was a long time resident of Smith River and was the first superintendent of Del Norte County Unified School District. He also was a principal of Smith River Elementary and Sunset High school, and a teacher throughout California and Nevada. Although education was how he made his living, his great love was the sea. He owned the fishing vessel Rosebud and fished whenever the possibility arose. He loved the feeling of the sea breeze on his face while pulling up crab pots. Paul lived in Sacramento the last fifteen years, but his heart will forever remain in Smith River and Del Norte County. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A small family barbeque will be held in his honor. For those who wish to remember Paul, please make contributions to Smith River Elementary where the money will be used to serve the children of the community. Contact Smith River Elementary for more information.