Paul passed away peacefully at home early in the morning of February 24, 2020.
Paul was born in Burbank to Cathryn and Gordon Marlett. A few years later Paul and family moved to Santa Barbara. He went to McKinley Elementary, LaCumbre Junior High and graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1954. Shortly after graduating high school he went into the Marines where he eventually attained the rank of Corporal. After his discharge from the Marines he joined the National Guard for six years. Following his military service he was hired by General Telephone Electric (GTE) where he was a telephone installer. He retired from GTE after 38 years.
He met his wife, Linda (deceased) at GTE and they married in 1961. Paul is survived by his sons Gordon, Brian and Keith; daughters-in-law Judy and Mia; and grandchildren Gordon, Graydon,
Alexander, Adam and Samantha.
Many will remember Paul for his many years of volunteer service to the community. Some of the organizations he felt most passionate about and actively supported included: The Optimist Club, The Elks Club, and Boy Scouts of America. With the Boy Scouts he was leader and mentor to several local Boy Scout Troops, including serving as a Scout Master for Troop 15. He especially loved hiking and camping with the Scouts.
Paul was a BBQ master and no event was too large. Whether feeding his family or hundreds at a Scouting Camporee or the annual Kiwanis Pancake breakfast, he loved to grill. His specialty was tri-tip, beans and garlic bread. He was also an avid bowler with a 175 average and certified shooting range master.
Those of us who knew him were blessed; he will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 6, 10:30am, at St. Mark United Methodist Church on La Colina Rd. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting Boy Scout of America, Los Padres Council and The Northside Optimist club of Santa Barbara