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Obituaries

Paul Edward Gervais

By From page A2 | February 15, 2013

May 6, 1920 — Feb. 5, 2013

Paul came to us as a blessing from God on May 6, 1920, in Green Bay, Wisc. He gifted his long life to the service and comfort of his fellow man as a soldier and warrior, an attorney and a jurist, but most importantly as a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He returned to the waiting arms of his savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 5, 2013.

Having moved with his family to California, Paul was working as a young man in a tool and die company when the need to defend his country became his calling. He served as an infantryman in World War II, resulting in his capture as the Allies began their thrust into Germany through the Alscace-Lorraine. Suffering months of starvation, he led the escape of a small band of POW’s finally making their way to safety with the U.S. 1st Infantry Division.

Paul returned from the war with focus and compassion. He attended UCLA and then Southwestern University, obtaining a Juris Doctor degree in Law. He practiced 42 years, beginning in Hollywood and continuing on to South Lake Tahoe, where he served as United States Magistrate from 1971 to 1983. In this position Paul, who had himself been drafted to serve, was able to render compassionate assistance and life changing guidance to many young men facing draft evasion charges during or resulting from his country’s entanglement in the Vietnam Conflict. Finally he retired from his subsequent practice in Placerville, moving with his wife Paula to Sacramento.

Always attentive to the needs of others, Paul continued to serve his fellow man by volunteering his time to read For the blind and at the Jonas Salk Middle School. He was the rare individual the Lord sent to this world to help make it a better place. But he liked to enjoy life too. He was a pilot and loved to fly his private plane. Working with wood and playing the accordion provided him and others around him with enjoyment and relaxation. He even wrote and published a book, sometimes taking time during the traveling he loved to reflect and write a few paragraphs.

Paul’s life was made full by his family, whom he deeply cherished and who loved and now dearly miss him. He leaves his loving wife, Paula; his daughter, Valerie Darling; granddaughter, Melanie Haak; great-grandson Tevin Blalark; and great-granddaughter, Jaya Evans. Missing him too are his brothers-in-law, Kurt and Eric Feichtinger; his nieces and nephew, Heidi, Krista, Matthew and Katie Feichtinger and her husband, Dan Osborn.

Services will be Tuesday, Feb. 19, at St. Ignatius in the Chapel, 3235 Arden Way in Sacramento, Calif.

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