Paul was a beloved son, father, husband, grandpa and friend to many.
Paul Keith Hooten, age 62, passed away on Friday, Dec. 11, after a short illness. He was born May 28,1958, in Evanston, to Alfred Jack and Geraldine Lucile (Johnson) Hooten.
He grew up in Lyman on the family ranch, where he loved to be outdoors and was a full-of-life little boy. He excelled at math and science. He represented the state of Wyoming for Boys Nation in Washington D.C. in 1975. He graduated from Lyman High School in 1976. Dad then went on to attend the University of Wyoming before deciding to go to work.
He married Trudy Mae Walker on Nov. 25, 1977. Together they had 3 children: Brian, Jacquelyn and Andrew. They later divorced. He married Susan Daniels on Sept. 5, 2010, adding Lisa, Laura and Cassandra to the family.
Paul was an excellent heavy machinery operator; he loved moving dirt. He worked all over the state, and he never met a stranger. Dad had a work ethic that was unrivaled by anyone. He would come home from work and go to a haying field, helping the ranchers he counted as friends. Dad had a wealth of knowledge and was always willing to share it with anyone who was willing to learn whether you wanted to or not.
Paul loved music, he played the accordion, guitar and sang. He was always entertaining people, be it at a dance, social gathering, or celebrating the life of a friend. Dad knew the good country songs, the ones that took you back to your favorite memories. His voice was one that many knew and loved.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents; father, Jack Hooten; stepfather, Clifton Redmon; brother, K.C. Hooten; and father-in-law, Phil Daniels.
He is survived by his wife, Susan; children, Brian (Sara) Hooten of Lyman, Jacquelyn (Erik) Youngberg of Lyman, and Andy (Sydney) Hooten of Green River; stepchildren, Lisa (Danny) Walden of California, Laura Hattich of California and Cassandra Kipp of Oregon; grandchildren, Brix, Stone, Abigail Hooten, Falyn and Strat Youngberg; Natalie and Everett Hooten; Wyatt and Ryan Hattich; Andrew and Nolan Lawrence; and Hunter, Danilynn and Brady Walden.
He is also survived by his mother, Jerry Redmon of Lyman; siblings, Clinton (Barb) Hooten of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Clair (Lettis) Hooten of Deary, Idaho; Tricia (Rocky) Titmus of Lyman; and Pamela Nash of Cheyenne; stepsiblings, Tom (Tami) Redmon, Nancy Bennion, and Robin (Kim) Hurdsman; and beloved dog, Sandor.
A family-only memorial service will be held at this time, and a celebration of life will be held at a later time for friends and family.
Condolences may be made at www.crandallfhevanston.com.