Paul Raymond Wilkinson was born on February 27, 1952 and passed away suddenly on February 16, 2018 not long before his 66th birthday. He is survived by his adoring wife, Loretta; his children, Aaron, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Rebekah, and Rachel; his mother, Frankie; his brothers and sisters, Janiece, Geraldine, James, and Lee; his twelve grandchildren, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Paul was born in Tulare, California. When not playing baseball, he was well-known in his community as a problem solver and fix-it child who could repair any household items brought to him. As a teenager, Paul excelled in all academic areas, although he preferred extracurricular activities such as football, caving, music, and working. After high school, he gained experience working with heavy equipment, using his intuition coupled with considerable math skill to solve unforeseen problems encountered in the field, and with no college education, he worked his way to becoming a Registered Professional Civil Engineer.
In his 39-year career in the engineering field, he was a valued colleague and mentor to his coworkers, working together with them to build some of California’s aqueducts and roads, and to design freeway interchanges, roads, trails, traffic signals and lighting.
Those who worked with Paul would say that he was someone who just knew how to get the job done-whether it was a difficult engineering problem or a homeowner’s do-it-yourself project.
Paul shared his vast intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical strengths with all of those around him who were open to receiving his gifts. In addition to his life with Loretta and his immense love for his entire family, one of Paul’s great joys was singing with the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus. The chorus will participate in a celebration of Paul’s life on March 10th, 2018 at 11:00 AM at:
St. John’s Lutheran Church
1701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95411
Parking 1714 K Street (across alley & behind church)
In lieu of flowers please send contributions in Paul’s memory to:
Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus
1701 L Street, Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95811