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Will Ed Harris Paul

1944 ~ 2021 (age 76)


Will Ed Harris Paul 77, of Farmington, New Mexico passed away peacefully at home on February 13, 2021 .

Will Ed was born on February 23, 1944, to parents Elza Paul and Betty Joy Sharp Paul, in Carlsbad, New Mexico 

He was a Viet Nam Army veteran.

Will Ed grew up in Los Alamos, NM and his family had a farm in Tesuque, NM for a few years. He graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1962. He played football and was active in other sports.  He also attended Eastern NM University and NM State University.  After serving in the Army in Viet Nam from 1965 -1967, he returned to Las Cruces, NM, where he went to work for the Zia Company, the maintenance, operations and support contractor for NASA at the White Sands Test Facility. He was proud be a part of the Apollo Lunar Program where he worked as a Safety and Engineering Aid. After the last moon landing when the Apollo Site closed in 1969, he transferred to work with the Zia Company in Los Alamos, NM, as a buyer. In the years to follow, he went to work for several wholesale electrical businesses in Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Farmington- CED, State Electric, IRS, All American, and others as a salesman / manager. He also worked for several oil and gas drilling companies – Arapahoe Drilling, Kelco, Flint, and BP.  He worked at the Pinon Hills Golf Course for a time as a groundskeeper.  After retiring he used his landscaping skills to maintain and irrigate his own beautiful yard with walls, planters for flowers, lawns, trees and garden areas. Will Ed was a hardworking man who enjoyed people.  He loved swapping stories, and he usually had a big smile on his face. He was a generous, kind, gentle friend and neighbor and was a mentor to many younger men. He loved helping other people in any way he could. He truly had a cheerful, “servant’s heart”.  He enjoyed golfing and skiing in his younger days, camping, fishing, hunting, boating and even scuba diving.  

He met his wife, Sylvia Joy Jaquez, while she was attending NMSU and he was working at the Apollo Site in 1968. They were neighbors living in the same apartment building.  They were married July 3, 1969 at her parents' home in Aztec, NM.  He was a most loving, caring husband and father, who didn’t hold  back on expressing his love and appreciation in words and deeds, each and every day. 

He is survived by his wife, Sylvia, his son, Bryan Paul and his wife Christa, his siblings, JJ Maier, Maryanne Zadfar, Betty Paul, Skeeter Paul and Eric Paul.  He also had many dear nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends who were like family. He loved babies, children, and older ladies and gentlemen. He was especially kind and loving to his mother-in-law, Josephine Jaquez and "Auntie", Marguerite Jaquez. 

There will be a Celebration of Life gathering for Will Ed in the spring at the family home. His ashes will be interred at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. The service with military honors will be determined at a later date when Covid restriction are lifted.  

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