Dec. 2, 1956 – Dec. 8, 2019
Paul Soha passed away on December 8, 2019, at his home in Green Valley, Arizona at the age of 63. He left behind a legacy of love, humor, and treasured memories as a son, brother, husband, and father.
Paul was born in Anchorage, Alaska on December 2, 1956, to Louis and Evelyn Soha. He grew up in Alaska and then Seattle amongst his 6 brothers and 3 sisters. He attended St. Edwards Catholic School in Seattle until middle school, when the family relocated to a farm in Oakville, WA. Paul made the transition from city boy to country boy and attended Oakville High School where he was popular with his classmates, and became president of his class as well as captain of the basketball team.
After high school, Paul meandered up to Forks, WA to log with his brothers David and Joe for just one summer. He fell in love with the woods and the people; making it his new home. Paul and his brother Luke took their logging adventures up to Alaska for two seasons and in 1986 he returned to Forks where he started up a logging company with his brothers David, Luke, and brother-in-law Brian.
After several years as a bachelor, Paul met Donna Lausche, and after a joyful courtship, they married in 1989. The following year they moved to a house in Sequim, WA that would become their family home for over 20 years. In 1992 Paul and Donna were blessed with their first child Nicholas, and shortly after in 1993 their daughter Lindsey was born, completing their beloved family.
Paul left logging behind and began a career as a heavy machinery operator working for TEK Construction—a career which he would continue for the remainder of his life.
Paul was an amazing cook, an avid reader, and an extremely hard worker. He was an intelligent man with a gentle spirit and a great sense of humor. Paul was an exceptional father, brother, and a treasured friend to so many.
In the last few years, Paul enjoyed traveling and playing golf. It was through his travels that he met and became engaged to Sally Tomlin Cruz.
Paul is preceded in death by his mother Evelyn Soha, and son Nicholas Paul Soha. Paul leaves behind his daughter Lindsey, fiancé Sally, his father Lou, his brothers Steven, Michael, David, Joe, Jim, and Luke, and his sisters Theresa, Barbara, and Mary.
Paul will be greatly missed by everyone who was the recipient of his unconditional love and friendship. Paul truly loved “his people” and will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Services will be held on Saturday, December 21, at St Anne Catholic Church, Forks, beginning with a Rosary at 11 a.m. and Mass at 12 pm. A celebration of life will follow at 1 p.m. at St Anne Parish Hall.