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Paul Joseph Villano Jr.

Born: Wed., Mar. 20, 1929
Died: Sun., Jul. 7, 2019


Celebration of Life

Sat., Jul. 13, 2019
Location: Juniper Hills Country Club


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Paul J. Villano, Jr. , went to be with our Lord on Sunday, July 7, 2019.   Paul was surrounded by his wife Shirley, his children, and family members who were able to be by his side, and was held in the hearts of the family members who could not be here at the time of his passing.

Paul was born in Denver, Colorado, to Paul Sr. and Marguerite Villano, and was the older of two boys.  Paul attended school in the Denver area, graduating from Regis High School.  He then attended Santa Clara University on a football scholarship, but returned to Denver, graduating from Regis University with a degree in business. 

Paul met Shirley in Seattle while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, working in the CIC.  The couple married October 10, 1953, in Lamberton, Minnesota, and this past fall they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.  The couple returned to Denver where Paul worked for IBM for several years, and during these early years they had five children, Lisa, Mark, Christine, Monica, and Paula. 

Paul moved his family to Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, in 1966, becoming the owner of the Coors Distributorship. In 1972 Paul moved his family to Pocatello, Idaho, where he acquired Gate City Distributing and Intermountain Beverage, which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1994.

While in Pocatello, Paul has been active in ISU Athletics, was a Pocatello Chief, Rotarian, President of the Chamber of Commerce, charter member of the Juniper Hills Country Club, and so much more.  Paul was also a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Community.

Paul’s greatest joy was being surrounded by his family, who he loved with all his heart.  His passion was golf, and he enjoyed being in the hole-in-one club.

Paul is survived by his wife Shirley, their four children, Mark (Susan Villano), Christine (Tim Iba), Monica (William Martin), Paula (Paul Laggis), 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren.  Paul was preceded in death by his brother Michael, his daughter Lisa, and his daughter-in-law Angie.

We love you, and you will be missed by family and friends.  We celebrate that you are in heaven with our Lord Jesus.

Paul’s life will be celebrated Saturday, July 13, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Juniper Hills Country Club, 6600 Bannock Hwy, Pocatello, ID.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to the Portneuf Greenway Foundation located at 420 North Main Street, Pocatello, ID 83204, where a bench will be installed by the family in memory of Paul.

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Jane and Al Strickland
   Posted Thu July 11, 2019
We are so very saddened to learn of Paul’s passing. He was the epitome of goodness and kindness. We will miss his smiles and his laughter. Our deepest sympathies to Shirley, Mark, and the entire family.

Scott & Ruth Rubel
   Posted Thu July 11, 2019
Ruth and I were very sad to hear of Paul's passing. We both have such fond memories of Paul and the entire Villano family. I especially have such great memories of working with Paul and the numerous times he made me laugh! He was an extra special man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and wished we could be there on Saturday to celebrate Paul.

Bob and Chris Grayson
   Posted Thu July 11, 2019
So sorry to hear about Paul’s passing. Our hearts go out to all the family for your loss.

Milton and Grace Blatter
   Posted Thu July 11, 2019
We send our sympathy for the passing of Paul. Our prayers and thoughts are with you Shirley and family. He will be greatly missed.

Charlie, Kathy and Lauren Aasand
   Posted Fri July 12, 2019
Our prayers go out to the Villano family. Paul was such a great friend, neighbor and ambassador for Pocatello. He was one of the first individuals I met when Kathy and I moved to Pocatello. Of course it was during a golf tournament at Perry Jones's. He set me (us) up with season tickets for ISU football, and we still have them today. Having Paul and the Villano family in our lives has always been comforting and wonderful experience. We will miss our friend.

Dave @ Maag's
   Posted Fri July 12, 2019
Shirley I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and Paul were always my favorites. I miss you and hope the best for you.
Dave @ Maag's

Ron and Linda Hatzenbuehler
   Posted Sat July 13, 2019
We are deeply saddened to read of Paul's passing. He always had a warm, welcoming smile in addition to kind words whenever our paths crossed. He lived a long and full life, and our lives are much enriched to have known him.

We also deeply appreciate his many contributions and generosity to Idaho State University in particular and the Pocatello-Chubbuck community generally; he will be deeply missed. Sincere sympathy to all members of his family.

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