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Paul Joseph King

February 10, 1947 ~ December 24, 2018 (age 71)
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Paul passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Dec.24, 2018, at the age of 71.  Paul was born to Helen and Eugene King of San Francisco, and was a proud alumnus of Archbishop Riordan High School and the University of San Francisco.  Following his service in Vietnam, he fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a firefighter.  There, he was known for his calm demeanor, jovial nature, and love of mint chip ice cream.  He loved perhaps not all, but almost everyday of his 36+ years in the fire service.

Paul’s proudest achievement was being a devoted husband, father, and grandpa.  He was an exceptional supporter of his kids, attending every soccer, baseball, football, and rugby game, and dance performance.  He always put family first.  He is survived by his wife of nearly 46 years, Kathy King: children Malia King (Lee Lakas) and Zachary King: granddaughters Olivia King and Charlie Lakas.  He also leaves behind siblings Peter King, Janet Panacci (Frank), Gerald King, Joanne Nunan (Dennis), and many nieces and nephews.  He was best friend to bulldog, Ramon, who also misses him dearly.

Paul was a ray of sunshine for all who knew him.  His positivity, kind-heartedness, and loving spirit will be missed, but will serve as an inspiration each day.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Paul at Darling & Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel on Friday, Jan 4, 2019, at 10:30 am.  Family and friends are invited to attend.  Reception to follow.


Paul will be buried in Kane’ohe, Hawai’i.  In leiu of flowers, please consider a donation in Paul’s name to his favorite nonprofits:

San Jose Fire Museum:

Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu:

Northern California Bulldog Rescue:


The family would like to extend a special thanks to the San Jose Fire Dept brother/sisterhood, and Kaiser Hospice who provided much comfort to Paul and family in his final days.

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