Paul Maurice Cazabon left this world on Friday, November 5, 2021. As he ascended to his heavenly destination, hand-in-hand with Jesus, he likely looked back on a life well lived, blessed with a family he loved dearly.
Paul was born on May 24, 1936 in Timmons, Ontario. He was the youngest of two children born to Maurice and Mary (Szabo) Cazabon. After enjoying an adventurous childhood in Canada, he moved to the United States. Paul joined the United States Air Force in 1955, proudly serving and becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.
While stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, he met Sharon Frear, who was student teaching at the base school. The two married in 1971 and had two daughters, Laura and Ann. During this time, Paul also obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Black Hills State University. He credited Sharon with giving him the confidence to return to school. In 1976, Paul retired from the Air Force as a Master Sargent.
After retirement, Paul and Sharon moved to Norfolk, Nebraska where they embarked on a new chapter in their lives, raising their young family. Paul was hired at Goodyear Tire and Rubber as a cost accountant and became an active member in the Norfolk community. He was a faithful member of the Elk’s Lodge and enjoyed the annual kid’s Easter egg hunt. After 15 years at Goodyear, he retired for a second time.
He decided to devote his attention to his tax business and his young grandson, Tyler. Tyler was Paul’s pride and joy. Paul made him breakfast, took him to school, and treated him to ice cream after school each day. In fact, when Tyler later joined the Air Force, Paul was beaming with pride.
In his spare time, Paul served on the Norfolk Public School Board. He enjoyed working with students and staff. He often took the time to read to students with special needs.
In 2009, when Sharon retired, the two sold their home, bought a motor home and began traveling the country, enjoying the freedom to go wherever they chose.
After traveling for several years, Paul and Sharon settled down in Corpus Christi, Texas. He loved the ocean air, and spending time with his beloved dog Daisy and visiting his great grandsons.
Paul is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Sharon (Frear) Cazabon of Corpus Christi, daughter Laura and husband Houston Braly of Pflugerville, daughter Ann of Omaha, Nebraska, grandson Matthew and wife Kristen (Foyteck) Braly of Houston, grandson Mason Braly of Austin, and grandson Tyler and his wife Anna (Russell) Hagge of Las Vegas, Nevada. Surviving great grandchildren include Eli and Aiden Hagge of Las Vegas and Hudson Braly of Houston. Paul also leaves behind beloved nieces and nephews in Canada and Nebraska. He was proceeded in death by his mother and father and sister Josephine Minnan-Wong.
Services for Paul will be held on Friday, November 12 at 10:00 am at Coastal Bend State Veteran’s Cemetery in Corpus Christi.
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