Paul DeWitt See died Dec. 30, 2010, surrounded by family at his home near Seaside. He was born June 30, 1926, in Seaside to Violet West See and Harold D. See.
He grew up on Clatsop Plains, attending Clatsop School and Seaside High School. He joined the Navy in 1944, and served two years as an aircraft electronics technician.
In 1949, he married Shirley Evelyn Ball and also graduated from OSU with a bachelor's degree in geology.
From 1950 to 1963, he worked as a paleontologist for Shell Oil Company in California, Colorado and New Mexico.
He returned to Seaside in 1963, to begin a second career in education and attended Portland State University, graduating with a master's degree in education. He began his education career, teaching science and math at Warrenton High School in 1965.
In 1968, he became a professor of geology and electronics at Clatsop Community College. In 1970, he accepted the administrative position of Dean of Instruction at the college and remained in that position and continued to teach geology until his retirement in 1987.
Paul had been a private consultant as a licensed professional geologist for the State of Oregon since 1967, but after his retirement from Clatsop Community College, his geology consulting launched him into a third full-time career as he produced Geologic Hazard Assessment reports for hundreds of property owners in Northwest Oregon until his retirement in 2000.
Since moving back to the North Oregon Coast in 1963, Paul has been actively involved in volunteering his time and talents to his community. In the 1970's, he served on the Seaside School Board. In the 1980's he served on the Lewis & Clark Pageant board for six years and for five of those years managed the pageant itself, which was a play performed during the summer season by local actors at the Seaside City Park depicting the story of Lewis & Clark's historic trip to the Pacific Ocean. In the 1990's he became a member of the Seaside Historical Museum board and took on a project of interviewing about 70 long-time local residents about local area history and recording these interviews for the historical archives at the Seaside Historical Museum.
In the late1990's, he helped form the group, Citizens for Sensible Land Use (CSLU) and served as their secretary/treasurer for about eight years.
One of Paul's favorite ways to give back to his community involved his love of teaching. Over the past 40 years, Paul has volunteered his services hundreds of times to teach seminars, workshops and field trips about geology to local area realtors, community service groups, Elderhostel groups and local grade school children.
Paul was devoted to his family and all their activities, but still found time for his hobbies of gardening, local history and writing. He authored technical articles in scientific publications from 1951 to 1957 and articles of historical interest in magazines and newspapers throughout his life. Just recently, he published a book, "The Ornery County Kid," a collection of humorous stories of his childhood experiences growing up on Clatsop Plains during the Great Depression.
Paul is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter and son-in-law Dana and Craig Weston; grandson Tyler Weston; along with and nieces, nephews and their children.
His was preceded in passing by his son, Warren; his sister, Cecile Sauer and his brother, John C. Adams.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Astoria Golf & Country Club from 2 to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.
Memorial contributions may be made to Clatsop Community College Foundation.