Paul Dean Saunders Sr.

Born: Thu., Jan. 16, 1930
Died: Sun., Nov. 17, 2013

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Fri., Nov. 22, 2013
Location: New Hope Community Church

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Paul Dean Saunders Sr., of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on January 16, 1930 in Monroe, Louisiana to parents, Owen and Ella May Saunders. He died on November 17, 2013 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington surrounded by his family at the age of 83 years. Paul was raised in Louisiana until the age of 13 years when came to live in Hermiston, Oregon. He attended ALMS and later Hermiston High School. Paul worked in construction for many years, including the building of McNary Dam. He married Charlotte Darby in Elko, Nevada in 1972. In 1967 he went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad and worked as a section man at Hinkle for 21 years and later in Pendleton for 7 years, retiring in 1995. After retirement Paul worked as a Nanny for several years, in maintenance at the Golden Coral restaurant, in furniture construction, in security for Subway, maintenance at the Umatilla County Fairgrounds, and worked in crowd management for a time. Paul & his wife Charlotte were the 2013 Grand Marshals for the Hermiston Relay For Life. Paul enjoyed fishing, camping, decorating for Christmas, and loved spending time with his family. Paul & Charlotte served as HHS band chaperons for 13 years. Paul never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte Saunders, Hermiston, OR; son: Clifford Saunders (Rebecka) Richland, WA; daughters: Paula Messenger (Pat D.), Hermiston, OR, Pam Saunders, Evelyn Harper-McNeal, Debra Harper-Brown, Ann Arango, all of Las Vegas, NV; brother: Roger (Mary Lou) Gutierrez, Hermiston, OR; 20 grandchildren; several adopted grandchildren; several great grandchildren.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Paul D. Saunders Jr., and his sister, Maxine.

Contributions may be made in Paul’s memory to a memorial fund c/o Burns Mortuary of Hermiston P.O. Box 289, Hermiston, OR 97838.

A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at New Hope Community Church, Hermiston, Oregon.

A private family burial will be held at the Hermiston Cemetery, Hermiston, Oregon.

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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.


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Tina Wombles
   Posted Tue November 19, 2013
Charlotte, Paula and Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your Husband, father and friend. He was such a joy to know and I will miss his laughter and sparkling eyes. May the memories you have of him bring peace and laughter in the days ahead.

Cari Elliston
   Posted Tue November 19, 2013
Saunders family:

Paul will be missed. I will always remember what a great coach he was, it is one of my fondest memories of childhood - having hot chocolate during the cold soccer games. Thoughts and prayers to your family!

Toni and Jim Mc Lachlan
   Posted Wed November 20, 2013
Sorry for your loss... Hugs love you Aunt Toni and Uncle Jim... Need anything just call..

Lois Fitzpatrick
   Posted Wed November 20, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rick Older
   Posted Fri November 22, 2013
Charlotte & Family; I am very sorry for your loss. Uncle Paul was always a cool guy. When I first entered the family as Teresa's boyfriend I wasn't accepted very well except by Uncle Paul. He greeted me with open arms and a smile, and he meant it, He made me feel welcome just like he did everyone else. He was a good man and will be missed dearly, and he will always be watching over you. God Bless.

Tammy & Pat Mallon
   Posted Sat November 23, 2013
Dear Charolette, Paula & Family,

Please know how thankful we are to of had the opportunity to know your Paul. He truly always had a gift of reaching out and making others feel welcome! Praying for you during this time...and knowing God is holding you close. May warm memories always surround you! From our heart to yours..Love, Tammy & Pat Mallon

Betty R. Carey
   Posted Sat November 23, 2013
I am the oldest of Paul Saunders Sr. children and having him as a part of my life, he taught me so much over the years. We may not have always agreed but at the end of the day, he was 99% right. We shared an unconditionally love even when we didn't talk. I will miss him, but his wisdom will continue on within me as well as with my children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A strong, unique man has gone home to rest.