Paul Haugland

 

April 4, 1924 – December 7, 2020

 

image of Paul Haugland and his dog

Paul Haugland

Paul Haugland passed away on December 7, 2020. He was born in Biri, Norway on April 4, 1924 and came to America at the age of two with his family. They eventually settled in North Bend, Washington on a small farm after spending time in North Dakota. His father worked for the Snoqualmie Falls Lumber Company. Paul graduated valedictorian of his class from North Bend high school. During his summers he worked on a fishing boat in Alaska.

image of Paul in uniformHe was in the graduating class of 1948 at the University of Washington where he was in the Delta Upsilon fraternity. During World War II he was a Naval Lieutenant on a LST in the Pacific theater.

Paul married Mari McClure in 1955 and they moved to San Francisco soon afterward, there he worked for the Arrow shirt and 3M companies. Their children were born there before they returned to Seattle to be closer to family. He then worked many years as a purchasing agent for the Leckenby Steel Company on Harbor Island.

Paul devoted many years in the support of the disabled on the Eastside. He was instrumental in assisting to set up the special education program for the Bellevue school district. His son Ross graduated from the program at Interlake high school. He was on the board of Residents East group homes since their early days. His son Ross lived in their Issaquah “Alpine House” for many years. He also was involved in supporting Ross in his job at the “At Work” company in  Issaquah.

Paul was a wonderful grandfather who supported his grandchildren throughout their lives and was very involved in their school, sporting and art programs. He was well known at Woodridge Elementary where he often volunteered on field trips and was also a “Reading Buddy” to other students.

Paul was a shining light to everyone who knew him; his greatest joy was helping those in need. He was imbued with the old-fashioned qualities of love, honor and respect. He was a thoughtful man who loved to read history and enjoyed nothing more than to have a good discussion. Paul was an avid gardener who found solace in tending his plants, he could make anything grow!

Paul and Mari moved to Providence Point in Issaquah in 2006 where he thrived in participating in the activities and meetings and enjoyed putting forth proposals for the betterment of the community. He touched the many lives who knew him and was well known for giving away most of his produce from his pea patch to his neighbors. He loved taking his daily walks around the pond and visiting “his” ducks, of whom he kept track of meticulously each season until the family flew away.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Jobe, grandchildren Miles Jobe (Alyssa) and Aminetta Njie and great grandchild Esme Jobe. He is preceded in death by his wife (of 63 years) Mari, son Ross, his brothers Melvin and Sigfred and parents, Einar and Mathilda.

In lieu of flowers, any desired donations may be made to the Providence Point Foundation.

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