Paul Shafer, 1915 ~ 2009

Paul Stewart Shafer passed away peacefully at home on June 6, 2009 at the age of 94 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Paul was born in Moab, to Earnest E. and Sarah Ann Stewart Shafer on Jan. 22, 1915. His grandfather, Randolph H. Stewart was one of the first settlers of Moab after settling Randolph, Utah – hence its name.

After graduating from high school in Moab, Paul attended U.S.A.C. (USU) in Logan and attained a B.S. degree in range management (forestry). He made government service his career, which included 29 years with the Bureau of Reclamation and two other agencies. He had four years of military service in WWII. As a 1st Lt., he participated in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.

Paul married Nyla R. Mahlstedt in Salt Lake City, in 1946, following military service. They had four children, Robert, Richard and twin daughters Patricia and Pamela.

Paul was preceded in death by wife, Nyla. He is survived by sons, Robert, Lake Forest, Calif., Richard, Grand Forks, N. D..; daughters, Pamela Wageman, Durango, Colo., Patricia Shafer, Salt Lake City; and eight grandchildren.

At Paul’s request, cremation has taken place and no services will be held. Burial will take place in the Grand Valley Cemetery in Moab.