James “Russell” Paulson was born on October 3rd, 1951 in The Dalles, OR. and went to be with The Lord on November 1st, 2014, in Bend, Ore. surrounded by his wife and daughters.
Russell was the oldest child of James and Elizabeth Paulson of Maupin, OR. He grew up on a ranch on Juniper Flat. He loved farming with his father, and was a lifelong cowboy. He was an excellent team roper and competed in numerous rodeos around Oregon.
He honed his roping skills as a child by roping his younger siblings, Jerry and Karen, in the barnyard. He also placed second in a National Tractor Driving competition in Omaha, NE at the age of 12. His favorite job was working for the Hagen’s on a Bakeoven ranch from ages 15-30.
He graduated from OSU in 1973 with a degree in Agriculture. He returned to Maupin and continued ranching. He married his beloved wife Marilyn on May 31st, 1986 and they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Janna, the next July. Their daughter Jaci was born in 1990. They were the lights of his life and his greatest joy came from being a father and husband.
Russell was very active in the Wasco County community, serving on civic and church boards. His favorite role was on the Wasco County Fair board, where he organized rodeos. He was also the founding director and co-chairman of the Rodeo Bible Camp of Oregon that began in 1993.
In 1997, he and his family moved to Bend, OR where he ran a business and later worked as a truck supervisor for a large construction company.
His life was cut short after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. For the last 18 months of his life, he was under the excellent and loving care of the nurses and staff at Mt Bachelor Memory Care. The Paulson family is forever grateful for the way they took care of him.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn and daughters Janna and Jaci; stepchildren Stacy, Camy and Wade; sons-in-law Mike, Luke and Brian; grandchildren Gage, Brandon and Ania; mother Elizabeth; sister Karen; brother Jerry; sister in-law Mary Ann; and nieces Shawna and Lacey.
He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew.
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