Paul Jay Erskine, 87 of Anacortes died peacefully in his sleep at his home on August 6, 2018.
He was born in Wenatchee, WA May 20, 1931 and was the youngest of four sisters and six brothers.
Paul is survived by his wife Jeannie Mueller Erskine, three daughters, Sherie Erskine Keck and son-in-law David of Boise, ID, Tonia Erskine of Ontario, OR, one son Danny Erskine of Fruitland, ID and Crystal Erskine Jackson and son-in- law Rodney of Post Falls, ID; grandsons, Ryan Keck and wife Rae and great- grandson Chase of Fruitland, ID, Shayne Keck of Boise, ID, Matt Erskine of Fruitland, ID and Reese Jackson of Post Falls, ID; granddaughters Morgan and Molly Erskine of Fruitland, ID and Cassidy Jackson of Post Falls, ID; sister Dixie Vickery of Wenatchee, WA and brother Darrell Erskine of Central Point, OR and numerous nieces and nephews, greats and great greats.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. Erskine and Effie Morgan Erskine Craft; brothers Stanley, Dave, Jack, Garr, and Don; sisters Juanita Warren, Evelyn Kinzebach, LeJoy Gere and son, Shannon Erskine.
In his younger days, Paul was a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and trained young men in Golden Gloves boxing. He worked with dynamite, as a powder monkey in the mines for Holden Mine Company at Hauson, near Lake Chelan. He liked dangerous jobs and did his share of high steel painting. Paul graduated from Green Hill Academy at Chehalis and went on to enjoy the distinction of being the youngest inmate in Monroe. However, he was in very good company with the likes of Merle Haggard & Johnny Cash. He never ever went back to jail and after forty years the Governor granted Paul a full pardon.
An avid outdoorsman Paul worked as a cowboy on ranches near Ola, Idaho and also field trialed hunting dogs and trained coon dogs.
Paul traveled buying sporting goods for FW Woolworth and became the set-up man for all K-Mart sporting goods departments. In 1965-66 he managed the Marshall Hardware store in Spokane. Paul also managed Tri-State Sporting goods stores in Moses Lake and Moscow, ID and was the buyer for 40 stores for World Wide Distributors, from Seattle to New York City.
Beginning in 1981 Paul worked as foreman at the Anacortes Shell Oil Refinery for numerous maintenance companies where he specialized in bundles and exchangers. He worked for Brown & Root beginning in March of 1988 as a Crude Unit Maintenance Mechanic and Boilermaker. He was highly regarded for his knowledge, hard work and willingness to resolve complex difficulties. He continued at the Shell Oil Refinery until he retired in 2001.
Paul and Jeannie were adventurous, traveling, camping and fishing along rivers and up high in the mountain ranges. He had a great passion for lake and stream fishing. Particularly he liked the Lowman, Idaho area. Every summer vacation was spent traveling to visit their children in Idaho.
He was a lifetime member of the Anacortes Elks Lodge #1204.
Friends had many nicknames for Paul: BB eyes, Salty, ET, Poncho Villa, Big Paul, Chief, Paulie and Ranger Bob. Most folks just called him “Whiskey,” and for good reason.
Paul was grouchy, unreasonable, quick tempered, stubborn and cantankerous. He was also a good provider, courageous, very generous, incredibly sentimental and a true friend to many.
A Celebration of Life service is to be held at the Anacortes Elks Lodge on Saturday Sept 15th 2018 at 1:00pm.
Paul’s family suggests memorials to be made to The Wounded Warrior Project for their many good works and would be greatly appreciated. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.