Paul G. McKinnon

Our father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Paul Gale McKinnon, 86, passed away on Monday, Oct, 18, at his home in Brigham City, Utah.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1935, in Randolph, Utah, a son of Gale and Bertha Dickson McKinnon. He was reared and educated in Rich County schools, graduating from South Rich High School. He also attended Boeing engineering school.

He married Shirlene Barnes on Sept. 11, 1953, in Evanston. They later divorced. Paul married his sweetheart, Carmen Reeder, on Aug. 4, 1962, in Brigham City, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Ogden Temple. Carmen passed away on April 9, 2011.

Paul is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Brigham City 2nd Ward.

Paul owned and operated his own business, Tool Engineering and Manufacturing. Paul loved machinery and equipment. The older the machinery the more valuable. He always said he was a fourth-generation blacksmith. Paul spent his life building and inventing machinery and was granted three U.S. patents.

He lived in Brigham City most of his life but Randolph, Utah, was always his home. Ranching and farming were always his passions.

Surviving are four children, Paulene (Eric) Jackson, Byron (Sarah) McKinnon, Lane (Jennilyn) McKinnon and Craig (Pamela) McKinnon; 21 grandchildren; and two sisters, Susan (Grant) Wood and Iris McKinnon.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carmen; a son, Melvin Perry McKinnon; a daughter, Megan McKinnon; three brothers, Elwin McKinnon, Jason McKinnon and Aaron McKinnon; and one sister, Pearl Cornia.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 South., Brigham City, Utah.

A viewing will be held on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral chapel.

Interment will be in the Brigham City Cemetery.

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