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Paul William Welty
A celebration of life will be held at a later date for Paul William Welty.
Born July 30, 1926 in Corning, New York, Paul died of congestive heart failure with his family by his side Sunday, April 24, 2011 in Sacramento. He was 84.,
Paul attended high school at Corning Free Academy. He bought his first pair of ice skates with money from his paper route, and was a great skater his entire life. He attained the distinction of Eagle Scout. He attended Clarkston Tech in New York and graduated as a Civil Engineer from New Mexico A & M.
Paul was a dedicated engineer for the Division of Highways, later CalTrans, for 39 years and worked out of both Bishop, beginning in 1951 and Eureka, in 1966, until retirement. He held supervisor and managerial positions in maintenance, construction, design and traffic.
While in Bishop he was a member of the Planning Commission and a member and past president of the Desert Area Branch, Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He was also in Toastmasters, Lions Club and a volunteer for the Mammoth Mountain Ski program.
In Eureka he was treasurer of the American Red Cross, Humboldt County Chapter, and belonged to the Humboldt Historical Society and Maritime Museum.
He was instrumental in the initial application of “Botts Dots,” the raised safety markers on highways that alert motorists to driving lanes and road edges. His work was on some of the most beautiful roads in California – the Tioga Pass road into Yosemite National Park, U.S. 395 over Conway Summit through the Eastern Sierra, Northern State Route 101 through the Redwoods, and U.S. 299 along the Trinity River.
Paul and wife Rosemary, married 51 years, raised their three children in Bishop and Eureka, where they made many lifelong friends. But they retained a love of New York and the Finger Lakes region, especially sailing on Keuka Lake, where they spent family time in childhood and later with their children.
Paul’s hobbies included woodcarving and making birdhouses. His brightly painted creations ended up in the house as artwork, rather than outside.
Paul’s greatest loves were his eight grandchildren. He proudly chronicled their achievements in sports and academics. He was able to see six of them to college graduation.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Merton and Mildred Welty; his brother, Richard Welty; sister, Jane Mastin; and loving wife, Rosemary (Crispino).
He is survived by his children and their spouces, Martha and Bob Pauli, Peter and Anne Welty and Laura and Ron)DiGiambattista; grandchildren, Nicholas and Roseanna Pauli, Katie, Madeline, Sarah and Allison Welty and Lisa and Sophia DiGiambattista; three sisters-in-law, Lucille Cavallaro, Mary Beth Crispino and Virginia Welty and many nieces and nephews.
Remembrances in his name can be sent to Golden Moments Care Home, 2651 Armstrong Way, Sacramento, CA 95825.