Oct. 24, 1949 — Jan. 30, 2019
Paul Franklin Underhill, age 69, died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2019, at Adventist Medical Center, after a short illness.
Paul was born in Seaside, Oregon, on Oct. 24, 1949, to Gene and Shirley Underhill. At the age of 5, the family moved to the farm on Logan Road, where Paul resided for the rest of his life.
He graduated from Astoria High School in 1967, and from Clatsop Community College in 1970. He started his 41-year sawmill career at Warrenton Lumber Mill on the green chain in 1969, eventually working his way up to head rig sawyer. He was known for blasting rock ‘n’ roll over the intercom system when a great song came on.
In 1975, he married Lorell Koskela, and they raised their two children, Michelle and Eugene, on the farm. Later they divorced.
Paul was an accomplished welder, building trailers, boats and eventually his crab boat, the Michelle D.
He was an auto mechanic extraordinaire who could fix or jerry-rig anything to run. He was a mentor to many when it came to rebuilding engines. He was a part of the Active Enterprises racing team, where he mentored high school kids in engine repairs and racing at Woodburn Race Track.
His two greatest pleasures were going hunting in Eastern Oregon with friends and family every year, where getting a deer was optional to having fun. The other was going to NASCAR races in Las Vegas, where he made lifelong friends.
Paul is survived by his partner, Wanda Rollo; his children, Eugene (Kelli) and Michelle (fiancé Phil); his brother, Darwin (Vanessa); and grandchildren, Kamryn, Kol, Karsen and Kilian, all of Astoria. He is also survived by his partner’s children, Misty (Tom) Burchardt and Mandy (Jon) Halk.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Active Enterprise Race Club, activedragracing.com