Paul Preston Plumb, PhD

May 27, 1933 ~ January 7, 2019 (age 85)


Paul Preston Plumb


Paul Preston Plumb was born May 27, 1933 in Benson, Arizona to Charles Merlin Plumb and Ada Barney.  He was one of 7 Children; Theda, Gerald, Marion, Cynthia, Nathan, Alonzo, Paul and Vaughn.  Although Paul was born in Benson, where the hospital was, his family lived on 100 acres in the small nearby town of St. David.  Although only half the acreage was cultivated, chores for the family involved milking cows, feeding chickens and weeding a large garden.  Paul’s father owned a sand plant which provided a living during the depression dredging the San Pedro River nearby and selling the sand to The Southern Pacific Railroad.                                               

During World War II, two of Paul’s older brothers, Gerald and Marion, served as pilots; one in the Pacific theater and the other in Europe.  Both returned after the war safe, but not long after Marion was killed in a pilot training accident in the Phillipines.  About this time, Paul’s father was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  During the war all missionaries were called home, but now there was a need for older men who had previously served missions to go out and help train the new missionaries.  Paul’s father was called to the Northern States Mission where he served for 6 months.  Paul was 13 years old when his father was killed in an automobile accident returning home from his mission.  His mother, Ada, was a strong and faithful woman who raised the remaining children alone.  Paul loved his mother and saw her as a remarkable example of faithful, Christlike living who was quick to recognize miracles in their lives.

When Paul was 16 the family moved to Mesa.  It was here that Paul met his eternal sweetheart Sheron.  Paul was 16 and Sheron 14 when they started dating and they stayed committed to each other all through High School.  When Paul asked Sheron’s dad for permission to marry, he initially said no.  Sheron’s father wanted her to go to college.  Fortunately, Sheron worked it out with her dad and she and Paul were married for Time and All Eternity in the LDS Arizona Temple August 3, 1952.                                                            

Paul and Sheron were the wonderful parents of 6 children – Kent, Debbie, Brenda, David, Lisa and Mark.  All of their children followed their example of being married for Time and All Eternity in various LDS Temples, each with an abiding love and testimony of Jesus Christ and his Gospel. At final count Paul and Sheron have 43 grand and great-grand children.

Paul worked, went to school and helped to raise 6 children all at the same time.  Over many years he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math from San Jose State University and later a Ph.D from Columbia Pacific University.  He never thought much of his degrees except to impress the importance of working hard and getting an education.  When asked what he did for a living he always stated “I’m an electrical engineer.”  Paul had an incredible work ethic and took his responsibility to provide for his family seriously.  Much of his employment was in the aerospace field working for Douglas Aircraft, Hughes Aircraft, and Lockheed Martin; but he also owned his own tax preparation business and later a consulting business as a Registered Professional Engineer for Quality Assurance.  Paul’s work took him and his family from Arizona, to California, to Oregon, back to California and lastly to Colorado where he retired with Lockheed Martin.

All through his life Paul was committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a firm testimony in Christ that permeated every aspect of his life.  As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Paul spent much of his life serving as a Scout Master with the Young Men in his church.  He loved to play and he loved the outdoors, so this was a perfect match.  In this capacity he had the opportunity to serve in the scouting program with all three of his sons. He also served at various times as a Sunday School Teacher, Seminary Teacher, Elder’s Quorum President and Bishop’s Counselor.  From March 2002 to September 2003 he and Sheron served together as missionaries in the Pennsylvania, Pittsburg Mission.                           

Paul spent his leisure time in the great outdoors.  He loved physical activity.  His list of outdoor hobbies include camping, scuba and skin diving, canoeing, rafting, hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking, jogging, ice skating, biking, downhill skiing and snowboarding.  Memories of children and grandchildren with Paul generally revolve around one of these activities; and he was not shy to share spiritual experiences he had while in the great outdoors. Paul placed a high priority on staying active and healthy and took pride in his physical abilities. Not many people can say they were still skiing black diamond moguls well into their 70’s.  

Paul lost his sweet wife, Sheron, on May 26, 2016 after 64 years of committed marriage.  Although he missed his wife dearly, he carried a deep and abiding faith that they would be reunited again in the next life.  He prominently displayed a picture of the Arizona Temple as a reminder that his marriage was eternal.  The night before his passing while getting ready for bed, his caretaker reported him saying several times, “I’m going to heaven to be with Sheron.”  He passed the next morning Monday, January 7, 2019.  

Services for Paul Preston Plumb will be held Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 am in Elizabeth, Colorado at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  His family invites any who would like to share their memories of this wonderful man to please join them.



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