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Paul Valdez

July 24, 1931 — May 16, 2023

Paul Valdez, 91, passed away on May 16, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 24, 1931 in Holman, New Mexico to Benancio and Maria Amalia Valdez. He married the love of his life, Claudie Valdez on January 8th, 1954.
Paul moved with his family to Bingham Canyon, Utah when he was 9 years old. He played high school football and ran track at Bingham High school. After he graduated he proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.
He had a career he loved, working at Kennecott Copper Mine for 38 years, where the majority of the time he was a Locomotive Engineer. He also spoke fondly of his second career as a hall monitor at West Jordan High School, where he felt he was able to help guide students.
Paul had many interests including; coaching little league baseball for over 20 years, bowling, golfing, and camping with his large extended family. Where he enjoyed listening to his brothers Roger, Robert, and Ed singing and playing the guitar. He especially loved “snowbirding” in Yuma, Arizona with his beautiful wife for almost 18 years.
Family was the most important thing in the world to Paul. He treasured every gathering with his immediate and extended family, never missing a single event. Paul will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. The patriarch, “El Jefe”, of our family. We love him forever. He was a pillar of support for those he loved and we will always remember his steadfast loyalty.
He is survived by his wife, Claudie Valdez of 69 years. Children: Kathy, Brenda(Tony), John(Shelly), Paula(Shelby-Deceased). Grandchildren: Tessa(Spence), Kerri(Tyler), Amber(Ed), Steven, Angelique, Jonelle(Shane), Brittney(Ryan), Maranda(Austin), Dannika, Vinnie, Samantha(Paul), Jason(Katie), Jeanette(Clay). 24 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his baby daughter, Parents; Benancio and Maria, Brothers; Timoteo, Lawrence, Roger, Robert, Grandchildren; Misty and Anthony.
Viewing is Sunday, May 21st from 6-7 p.m.
Rosary to follow 7-8 p.m.
Mass will be Monday, May 22nd at 11 a.m. All services at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church 9757 S. 1700 E. in Sandy, Utah 84092.
Interment to follow the Mass at Memorial Mountain View Mortuary and Cemetery. 3115 Bengal Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121
Service Information
Viewing May 21, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church





Celebration of Life
May 22, 2023 at 11 a.m.
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church
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