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Sept. 20, 1942 – April 16, 2019
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Paul Girard passed peacefully into rest on April 16, 2019, surrounded by loving family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Edgar Girard, his mother, Pauline Girard, his infant son Matthew Girard, and his beloved wife Pat Dean Girard. He is survived by his wife Patricia Girard, sisters Marilou Butler, Suzanne Friend and Lynn Franklin; four daughters, Denise Girard Kaminski, Allison Girard Deuel, Jennifer Girard Harris and Andrea Girard Starks, and two grandchildren, Skylar Deuel and Nolan Harris.
Paul was born in San Mateo, but his family relocated to Twain Harte in his early childhood. He spent most of his life in Tuolumne County, where he established several successful businesses, including Girard Construction and Inter-Mountain Truss Company, Inc. He was a man of many interests, including aviation. Paul flew a wide variety of airplanes in his life, including historic aircraft, and helped build and fly historic replicas in air shows with his good friend, aviation pioneer Joe Pfeifer. He achieved the rating of Commercial Pilot, and earned his A&P rating to repair and maintain airplanes. His love of flying led him to foster the flying careers of others and he definitely left his mark on the aviation world. He was known by other Ham Radio operators as W6UKP, and used his radio skills to connect active duty soldiers with their families, using a phone patch before the era of cellular phones. His skill with Morse code allowed him to communicate with other radio operators around the world. Paul touched the lives of many through his work life and his personal life. His passing leaves a void in the personal lives of many and in the community at large. He will be greatly missed.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader

April 24, 2019