Steve Paul, 63 of Tacoma, passed away peacefully after a short illness Aug. 14, 2014, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tacoma surrounded by his family and friends.
He was born April 23, 1951, in Longview to Billie and Stephen Paul Sr. Steve married Judy McMahan on June 6, 1992.
In his younger days, Steve and his sister Becky belonged to the Longview/Kelso Quarter Midget Assn. racing most weekends. It wasn’t uncommon for them to bring home all the trophies. During his high school days at Kelso High, he acquired the name “Juicy.” He told his mother that he got that name because he liked orange juice. During high school he also worked at Fraser’s Bakery in Kelso. He would go in at 4 a.m. and make cookie dough, often going to school smelling like chocolate chip cookies.
After high school he went to work operating a log Letourneau for Ross Simmons and Pacific Shipping & Lumber. In 1986 he moved to Tacoma, Wash. to work at his dad’s pipe bending company called Raceway Technologies. After his father’s death in 1992, Steve became the sole owner of the company tripling its size. Steve was especially proud to work alongside his only child, Joshua Paul. If you wanted candy in the office, all you had to do was go to Steve’s desk … it was always fully stocked.
“Juicy” played rugby in his earlier days with the Portland Pigs and Longview Rugby Club. He loved those days and always stayed close to the boys. He was a member of the Tacoma Elks, Ocean Shores Eagles and the Commander of the Ocean Shores Pirates. He enjoyed participating with his fellow pirates in parades and making young children happy.
Steve loved traveling with his wife to Las Vegas and to their beach home in Ocean Shores. He made friends wherever they went. Steve was a good friend. He was always willing to help anyone that needed help. He loved cooking and sharing his foods with others. His claim to fame was his once a year pickle making parties.
The love of his life came along when his grandson, Max William Paul, fondly called “Mugsy Blue” was born. Mugsy Blue will never forget his Papa Steve, because they share the same birthday.
Steve was preceded in death by his father, Steve Paul Sr., his grandparents Ed and Rene Harmon and his beloved cats Mika, Sophie and Roxy.
He is survived by his wife Judy of Tacoma. His only child, Joshua (Tracie) of Tacoma and his grandson Max William (Mugsy Blue) Paul. He is also survived by his mother Billie Paul Wiehn (Ray) of Kelso and his sister Becky Paul Morkert (Jim) of Longview. His mother-in-law Sue McMahan of Kelso and several aunts, uncle, sisters and brother in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews, too many to name.
A celebration of Steve “Juicy’s” life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Ocean Shores Eagles from 1 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ocean Shores Pirates to support children in the community or Grays Harbor Paws.
Cremation has taken place at Mountain View Funeral Home of Tacoma, Wash.