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Paul D. Wright

Paul Douglas Wright passed away peacefully Monday, December 12, 2011, at the Rogue Valley Manor Health Center, following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a life long member of the Methodist church.

Paul was born on January 24, 1925, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His childhood years were spent in Saratoga and, after high school, he was drafted into the service during World War II. After training, he was sent to Fort Benning, Ga., where he earned a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army. He was sent to the Pacific theatre as a replacement officer, was wounded in combat in the Phillippine Islands and spent two years recuperating from multiple surgeries in the Army hospitals. After his discharge from the service, he attended the University of Michigan, graduating with degrees in chemical engineering and metallurgical engineering.

While attending the University, he met and married Melvena (Melly) Graham, on February 2, 1951. After college graduation, the family moved to Richland, Wash. As a result of employment changes, the family moved to Detroit, Mich., Cupertino, Calif., and San Diego, Calif., before they built their home in Poway, where they resided for the last 26 years in California while Paul worked for General Atomics. From there, they moved in 1993 to the Rogue Valley Manor.

At the Manor, Paul became involved with his wife in various aspects of volunteering. He was active as a CASA and a hospice volunteer and in many areas of service in the life of the Manor. His physical activities included water volleyball and lawn bowling. Paul also assisted his wife with her gardening.

Paul is survived by his wife; son, John (Christie), of Port Angeles, Wash.; son, Mark (Edwinna), of Blue Ridge, Va.; daughter, Robin, of Port Angeles, Wash.; daughter, Rebecca (Dennis) Connelly, of Weatherford, Texas; daughter, Jennifer (Michael) Tornatore, of Missoula, Mont.; sister, Janet Woodcock, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Paul was preceded in death by sisters, Phyllis Jebo, of Radford, Va., Dorothy Benton, of Philadelphia, Pa., Betty Benton, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; brother, Kenneth Wright, of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation, Medical Transport Fund.

A family memorial will be held at a later date in Port Angeles, Wash.