Paul Richard Young

Paul Richard Young

July 27, 1957 - October 14, 2010

Paul Richard Young

July 27, 1957 - October 14, 2010


Paul was a Structural Engineer and Senior Vice President with RBF Consulting, a widely respected nation wide engineering firm. During his 30-year career he directed the design and construction of many bridges and other structures. He was a respected teacher and mentor within his profession, and loved what he did for a living.

But his real loves were his family and the game of ice hockey. Whether it was playing, coaching or watching the game. He played ever since he was a boy, even on the day he passed to that great ice rink in the sky. He coached and played with each of his sons. His favorite team was the Kings, but he liked to say he had two favorite teams, the Kings, and any other team that was playing the Ducks.

Paul was devoted to providing for his family and assuring their happiness idolizing and caring for his wife, Debbie, and supporting his children, Laurel, Allen, and Kevin in their endeavors. He participated in and took great pride in all of their activities. Paul and his wife Debbie enjoyed more than 30 years of a very happy marriage together. They particularly loved spending time on camping trips enjoying hiking and biking.

Paul was an enthusiastic leader in the care and cohesion of his extended family and is survived by his wife Debbie; his children, Laurel, Allen & wife Jacky, and Kevin; his mother, Josephine; his brothers and sister, Joe & wife Carolyn, Steve & wife Diann, Mary & husband David Mulvihill.

Please have floral donations delivered to the Mortuary by the afternoon of Thursday, October 21st. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, or the Charity of your Choice.

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55 responses to Paul Richard Young

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  1. Bill Sharkey says:

    My prayers and I know the prayers of many others are for the Young family during these difficult days ahead. I was provided a lifelong gift from Paul when he came to Lakewood to play with the Blues team. It seems like only yesterday that the gift of his mere presence in the locker room was given to me and others. Paul from the first day in walked into the locker room brought with him a sense of calmness and joy that he magically transformed into a passion and intensity to play the game to his best. He could be the first player up the ice and amazingly the first player coming back to defend. Paul would expect the same from his teammates, but he had the patience for others to learn, but only if they tried to improve. We would talk hockey on and off the ice especially in the locker room, where the kid in all of us came out and Paul did that so well with his beaming smile and optimism. He loved his Kings and accepted my shortcomings of liking his other favorite team the Ducks. He will be missed but not forgotten as his memories are eternal. God Bless and watch over his family now and in the future.

  2. Chip Wright says:

    Debbie, Allen, Laurel and Kevin, please accept my deepest condolences and sympathy at the passing of your husband and father. I played hockey with him over the last 20 years. He was my line mate on almost every team we played on together. We played in Paramount Red Wings, Costa Mesa Raiders, Aliso Viejo, Irvine, Anaheim and our current over 45 league in Lakewood. 20 years ago I could not even skate. I had just taken up the game at 27 and first met Paul at a pick up in Costa Mesa. Shortly thereafter and to my surprise, he agreed to join our beginning hockey league team in Paramount. By example, he taught me the game of hockey, the importance of team play and the virtue of passing over scoring. That was just a small indication of the type of person he was. He would take the time to help just about anyone. We shared in our devotion to the Kings and love of hockey. We took a trip to NY/NJ/Montreal to see a few of the great stadiums. He was thrilled when we took a guided tour of the Montreal Forum the before the game. I looked forward to talking with him before, during and after our games. The other guys could be talking about all sorts of other things, but he and I would talk about both of our families, hockey, work or life. He was very proud of all of you and your accomplishments. Debbie, just a few weeks ago he told me how much fun both of you had on your recent camping and hiking trip. I could tell he was truly a happy and fulfilled husband and father. Due to obligations at work, he would consistently show up to our games late, making me worry that he would not be able to make it. As soon as he would walk in the locker room, my spirits lifted and I knew we would have a good game. Due to my son’s birthday, I was not at our last game and could not be with him. I do know that in his last moments, he was surrounded by teammates that truly cared for him and tried to do everything they could to save him. I will miss him immensely and am overcome with emotion. He was a great man and dear friend. We are all better people for having him in our life. God Bless Paul and your entire family. Chip

  3. Dave Pauley says:

    First of all let me say how SHOCKED we all were to hear the news about Paul and I can’t even begin to imagine your loss or the pain of the suddenness. It seemed like just yesterday that I first met Paul at Glacial Gardens as we both sat in the stands watching our sons, Allen & Alan, play for the Beach City Lightning club hockey team. We hit it off right away and it was a pleasure to get to know him and his family throughout that season.

    A few years later we ran into each other and this time it was on the ice playing with and against each other at the Westminster and Lakewood rinks. It was a pleasure to see him in this environment practicing what he had always been preaching to his son Allen and I’m sure anybody else who was within earshot, too. He was always glad & proud to bring me up to speed on his family, as was I, when we would see each other and I will miss that going forward.

    Please accept our deepest condolences from the Pauley family to yours at this time and may you find the strength and energy necessary to get you thru this difficult time.

    Dave, Patrice, Ryan, Eric & Alan Pauley

  4. My thoughts and prayers go to Debbie and the children. Paul will be missed and will leave a hole in all the lives of his friends and family that time will not fill.

  5. Mick Obrand says:

    Paul was a great mate and friend. He was always upbeat with a smile on his face even when he was ready to check an opponent into the stands. He will be sorely missed.

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