In memory of
age 86, born October 4, 1931, passed away July 25, 2018. Paul D. Tepley, age 86, passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 25, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Karen Anderson Tepley, dearest father of Christine (Gary) Pratt; devoted grandfather of Taylor and Tucker all of Sandy, Utah. Dear son of John Tepley and Catherine Dzurinda (both deceased); Dear brother to Joseph and John (both deceased). Karen and Paul moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to Chris and their grandsons. He would light up when they would visit him or talk with him on the phone. He loved to hear about their big mountain competitions and skiing/snowboarding all over the west and around the world. He was so proud of them. He had a special place in his heart for his nephews, Joseph, William (Billy), Thomas, Gary, and James (Jimmy). He loved them so and was proud of the men they became. Cleveland has been blessed with many fine sports photographers, some also colorful characters. Then there was Paul Tepley, standing alone, in his special place, master of sports photography. There must be a God-given instinct for finding the precise moment to snap a picture. Paul had that and also much more. What he brought to the job was intelligence, a quiet efficiency. At a sports event, he knew exactly what was going on and how he should cover it. Instead of many photographs signifying nothing, Paul left his editors a few. They provided a choice among competing excellence. They said something about the game or sporting event that had been played, or about the sport itself and the athletes involved in it. Paul was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1931. After graduating from Cleveland's East High School, he went to Kent State University to study journalism with the intention of eventually writing for a newspaper. The Korean War interrupted those plans and he enlisted in a four-year program in the U.S. Navy that included four months in the Navy's photography school. After completing his military obligation in 1955, Paul landed a job at United Press International based out of Cleveland. He traveled widely, shooting everything from Kentucky coal mine strikes to the annual Miss America pageant. In 1962 Paul began his 20-year career with The Cleveland Press. Initially hired to work as a general assignment photographer he migrated to the Press sports department in 1967 photographing the Browns, Indians, Cavaliers as well as numerous high and college events. During the next 15 years, before the Press went out of business in 1982 Paul's reputation would be master of his craft. When the Press went out of business, Paul went into business with his name as his major asset. He continued to photograph sports, but operated over a wide range of subjects. Over the course of his 40 plus year career as a photographer Paul earned numerous awards and accolades including induction into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 2005. He loved Cleveland, Cleveland sports, his running family at Cleveland West Roadrunner's and the breakfasts and discussions that followed at Michael's. He and Karen loved their volunteer work at Lakewood Public Library. He was a quiet man, with a warming smile, who was loved and respected by many. We should all hope to live a life like his. In lieu of flowers, please root for the Indians to win a World Series (a lifelong wish of his) and consider a donation to the Lakewood Public Library or Cleveland Metroparks.
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