Paul Darmer passed away at the age of 45, as a result of cancer, at Seaside Providence Hospital, while vacationing in Cannon Beach, Ore., on Jan. 12, 2011. Paul was born June 22, 1965, in San Jose, Calif., to Vaughn and Sue Darmer.
Paul’s career began at the age of 15, working full-time in the printing industry as a pressman while still attending Lynbrook High School in San Jose, Calif., and also participating on their swim team. He continued in this career and on to West Valley College’s Small Business Institute program.
After watching a segment about windsurfing the Columbia Gorge on a local TV program in his young teens, Paul knew he had to visit. So 26 years ago, he made his first trip to the Gorge after high school graduation and continued annual visits to Hood River, Ore., for both windsurfing and snowboarding. He also enjoyed skateboarding, fishing, hiking, camping, mountain biking and golf.
In 2004 he married, and his wife asked him, “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? He answered Hood River, and so they moved in 2005; and after 21 years as a printer, he changed careers and became the lead HVAC installer for McDowell and Son.
He was a very devoted and loving husband, stepfather and family member and will be extremely missed.
Paul is survived by his wife, Makalea Kim Darmer, of Hood River, Ore.; parents Vaughn and Sue Darmer, of Murphys, Calif.; sisters Vikki Remen, of San Diego, Calif., and Lorri Okholm, of Monte Sereno, Calif.; and three stepchildren: Ilishia Sibbald, of San Jose, Calif., Tristan Sibbald, of Seattle, Wash., and Jordan Sibbald, of San Jose, Calif.; and many family and friends whose lives he touched.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to: Bible Based Benevolence Fund (BBBF), P.O. Box 1000, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045-1000; please specify “Paul Darmer.”
Celebration of Life services and a reception following will be held both in Hood River at Hood River Foursquare Church, 3875 Barrett Drive, on Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2 p.m., and in San Jose, Calif., at San Jose Open Bible Church, 5303 Carter Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. Although we mourn, we are celebrating Paul’s colorful and beautiful life; please wear casual cheerful clothing!
Arrangements in Hood River are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center, 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000; and Pastor Will Phillips of Hood River Foursquare Church. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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