February 26, 1937 – January 24, 2018
Our dad, Paul Jerome White, was born on February 26, 1937 in Newton, Kansas to Henry and Frances White. The youngest of four, he came out west in 1940 on the floor of the family sedan surrounded by his brother David and sisters Mary and Laura with mom at the wheel following their father to Bremerton, Washington where he had found work in the naval shipyards. As a boy, he helped his dad clear land on Sylvan Way that eventually became their Tanglewood Blueberry Farm and lives today as Blueberry Park. Graduating from Seattle’s O’Dea High School in 1955 (enduring the daily Bremerton to Seattle ferry run followed by the walk from Coleman Dock to the campus near the top of First Hill, a four-years workout that left him with great legs for life) dad thought to follow his brother David into the priesthood but found the Latin courses at Kenmore’s St. Edward Seminary enough of a hurdle to pursue a different future. He married Leilani LaRiviere in 1959 (having been introduced by his sister and Leilani’s teacher at Seattle’s Holy Angels High School, Sister Mary White). First son Lawrence was born in Seattle in 1959 and, after a move to Santa Clara, CA, was soon followed by Benedict, Suzanne and Michaela. After the move to California, he began his career as a numerical control programmer at Lockheed Corporation where he was proud of his work helping to build the first space shuttles. While at Lockheed, he earned his Master of Arts in Russian History from San Jose State College with the idea of being a history professor someday. Though that never came to pass, his love of history and intellectual curiosity made him a more interesting man and a bit of a raconteur, one who would never let too many facts get in the way of a good story. At home he was a talented woodworker and spent some time between stints at Lockheed making a living as a fine carpenter. He happily spent the last 29 years of his life with his second wife Laura Miaullis who loved her handsome husband. They made a home and garden oasis in Los Altos, CA where they shared a love of making art and living lightly on this earth. Dad will be remembered by those who knew and loved him for his craftsmanship, his adventurous, Daniel Boone style of navigation, his amazing appetite and mercifully cooperative metabolism and his often goofy sense of humor.
Services will be held at St Joseph Catholic Church, 582 Hope Street, Mountain View at 1:00 PM on February 10th. A gathering and opportunity to view Paul’s paintings, sculptures and other work will follow at the home of Laura White.