Paul Russell Cressman Sr.
Paul Russell Cressman, Sr. July 25, 1922 ~ October 7, 2016 Paul Russell Cressman, Sr. passed away on October 7, 2016, from kidney failure at the age of 94. Paul was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to Seattle in 1927. He attended Roosevelt High School and then the University of Washington. His time at the University was interrupted by four years of active duty in the United States Army Quarter Master Corps during World War II. His company's mission was to build cemeteries and bury U.S. soldiers in France and Germany. He retired from the service as a Captain. His military service impacted him throughout his life. He graduated from the University of Washington Law School, and commenced his legal career in September 1949 with the firm of Rummens, Griffin, Short & Cressman, which later became Short Cressman & Burgess. He was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; and member of the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors. At the time of his death, he was practicing law in Bellevue. Paul was involved in the Seattle community. Some of his activities included: Chairman of the University of Washington President's Club, President of the Rainier Club, and Executive Committee of the Washington State Arthritis Foundation. He was a Trustee of the following: University of Washington Alumni Associations, University of Washington Development Fund Board, University of Washington Law School Foundation, Seattle 4 Rotary Club, and the Museum of Flight. He served as President of the Byron and Alice Lockwood Foundation for over 50 years contributing to many charities in the community. Paul loved the game of golf from an early age. In high school, he earned money as a caddy. He joined the golf team at the University of Washington. He was a 60+ year member of the Broadmoor Golf Club and enjoyed many years of playing at his home in Palm Desert. His family took memorable vacations with him fishing in Canada and Alaska, as well as Sun Valley, Whistler, Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and Hawaii. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lee Kraft Cressman; sons, Paul Cressman, Jr. (Debbie) of Bellevue and Wade Cressman (Jody) of St. Petersburg, Florida; grandchildren, Kyle Cressman (Bridget), Kimberly Cressman Kloster (Jason), Laura Cressman, Samuel Cressman, and Andrew Cressman; and great-grandchildren, Hudson Cressman and Kayla Kloster. He was preceded in death by his son, Tracy Cressman, and his first wife, Dorothy (Dottie) Cressman, mother of his three sons. Paul was very interested in people. In his later years, he especially enjoyed going out for lunch with old friends and new. Throughout his life, his advice benefited many. He always had a special concern for young people, the disabled, and those that were less fortunate than him. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. A private service has been held Memorials in his name should be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue or Union Gospel Mission.
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