Jean R. Paulson, a former Chairman of the BYU Department of Journalism, died at his home in St. George of natural causes, Monday, August 17, at the age of 91.
Paulson began his career in journalism as a reporter and sports editor for the Provo Herald in the early thirties.His distinguishing service in the fourth estate netted him national recognition for outstanding contributions to journalism.
Jean R. Paulson was born March 19, 1907, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, the youngest child of Niels Peter Paulson and his wife, Amelia Millie Driggs Robison. He attended Pleasant Grove High School, where he was active in band and drama. These interests continued when he enrolled at Brigham Young University, many long-time residents will remember him from leading roles he had in many popular plays presented in the late twenties.
Over his office door hangs a sign: Carpe Diem, - Seize the Day. Jean R. Paulson lived that motto to his last breath--he had just begun work on a novel.
Paulson is survived by his two children: Nina Paulson Cooke, of Orem, Utah; and Doug Paulson, of St. George, Utah. He had eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
His wife, LaVerne Harris Paulson was taken by cancer in 1991.
LaVerne was the daughter of former Provo Chief of Police, John E. Harris, who was later Warden of the Utah State Prison, and Sergeant-at-Arms for the Utah Legislature. Paulson's father was a skilled stoneman, whose high standards of craftsmanship is still visible in many public and private buildings in Pleasant Grove and elsewhere in the state.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 22, 1998, at 2 p.m., at the Berg Mortuary Drawing Room Chapel, 185 East Center Street, Provo.
Friends may call Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Berg Mortuary or Saturday morning, one hour prior to service at the mortuary. Interment will be following the funeral service in the family plot in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery. Friends and family are encouraged to attend any or all of these opportunities.
The Paulson family has indicated they prefer contributions to a charitable organization, such as the American Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers.
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