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Paul A. "Smokey" Wilson ( Missoula 1950 )

posted: Sep 12, 2016

Paul, 90, died August 11, 2016, in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho. After graduation from high school he enlisted in the Navy serving 1943-47 with a Seabee company in the South Pacific. He went to work as a miner in Kellogg until he started jumping in 1950 before being recalled into the Navy during the Korean War. In 1951 he returned to smokejumping and began a long career with the USFS. Paul jumped at Missoula 1952-56 before retiring from the USFS in 1980 after 32 years of service.

After retirement he took part in the NSA Trails Program and also took up running where he participated in many runs including several marathons. He took a tandem parachute jump on his 75th birthday and other jumps with his grandsons with his last jump at age 85.