Paul H. Boman

September 18, 2012

By Contributor

Paul H. Boman

Paul H. Boman, age 87, of Sammamish, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2012.

Paul was born and raised in Snoqualmie, along with two brothers, Carl and John, and a sister, Mary.

Shortly after the war ended, Paul started working at Smith-Berger Manufacturing on Harbor Island. During his 42-year career at Smith-Berger, he mastered the operation of many machines, earning the designation of a journeyman machinist.

During that time, he met and married Lois Hubbard. They settled down in West Seattle and had two children, Linda and Gary.

Paul started a new chapter in his life when he met and later married Jennie “Lee” Graham in 1982. Paul and Lee shared a love of camping, which they took every opportunity to do. After they retired, they started regular trips to Yuma, Ariz., to escape the Northwest’s dismal winter months. Paul and Lee shared a special bond and were married for 26 years until Lee’s passing in April 2008.

Paul was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping.

In earlier years, Paul played softball, enjoyed bowling in men’s and co-ed leagues, and took up golf. He enjoyed golfing with his family well into his 70s.

If certain characteristics define a person, then the two that immediately came to mind with Paul were “humming” and “humor.” Hardly a moment went by when he wasn’t either humming a tune or singing some part of it. And when he wasn’t making some sort of music, he had to be kidding someone about something. These actions were particularly endearing with the staff at Spiritwood, Marianwood, and later at Aegis of Issaquah. Even though the music has silenced, his memory lives on in us.

Paul is survived by his children Linda, Gary (Diane), and granddaughter Emily. Paul’s extended family includes Kathi Scott (Randy), Michael Graham (Brenda) and Sue Digre (Steve), along with grandchildren Perry, Brett, Shelsea, Mitchell, Tyler and Matthew.

A service will be Friday, Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery. Full obituary and online guest book are at

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