Paul Lawrence Young, often times referred to as "Papaw" was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 21, 1954. He was the middle child of three to Robert and Cathryn. Paul left this world after his long battle with cancer on December 27, 2020 where he leaves behind on Earth his wife, Denise Young. Children: Chris Young, Andrew Young, Brenda King and George Dowden Ill; Daughter/Son in laws, Michelle Young, Ginger Young, Jamie King and Cayla Sherwood. Grandchildren, Victoria, John, Tyson, Charles, Ryan, Alexis, Emma, Lyla, Madilynn, Charlie and Brody. Aunt Joann and cousins, Gale and Greg.
Paul was a man who would find contentment in life. From childbirth to adulthood, he approached the world as it flowed and would only build bridges to cross when it was absolutely needed. As a child he moved to Huntington Beach, California from Oklahoma where he grew up before deciding to settle down in Tucson, Arizona. Here he spent his days as a mail carrier for the Post Office before retiring and watching his kids
and grandchildren grow. The human dictionary was a man of many words and his humor had no bounds. He would have no problem telling you when you were acting stupid, with love of course. But he was also the kind of person to buy food at the store solely because it was a favorite of yours and you could be hungry when you come to visit. Though he would never turn down an "In-N-Out" suggestion. He would also make sure his grandbabies ate their food so they could have dessert. A tradition the parents may, understandably, not keep BUT it`d be a lot cooler if you did. Papaw's famous blueberry pancakes will be remembered as a delicacy. Paul loved nothing more than to be around family, napping, going on field trips with his grand kids, swimming, camping, fishing, reading, a thirst for knowledge and a newfound love walking while playing Pokémon Go and for Reddit and memes which brought even more humor to his life.
Paul was the man to go to if you needed repairs. He had a knack for building things no matter what the material was. His experience from over the years, love of building train models, as well as the molding for the background and scenery for the railroads and working with machinery would have led you to believe he sat around reverse engineering everything from the TV controller to an air condition unit, he
could do it all. If it was broke, he could fix it.
Paul always made sure his family was taken care of. He'd never give you up or let you down. In fact, rumor has it that Grim outbidded the world for his soul and being a man of his word, he hopped on the train to deliver his final package. Papaw may be gone and though there are milestones he will no longer be here physically for, he will in spirit be with all his loved ones that he impacted in life as we carry on his legacy. His love of Hawaiian shirts will be remembered by all.
Paul will not have a memorial service as he wished to be cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to Banner Cancer Center in Paul's name