Paul Duggan passed away in January 2018 after a 5-month battle with bone marrow cancer. He died, with his wife Karen, and his two daughters Kelly and Shannon, by his side at Palomar Hospital in Escondido California.
Paul was truly loved by so many, which was shown during his Celebration of Life on April 3, 2018, at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in San Diego, California. The nine speakers all mentioned that Paul "was the smartest person they had ever known" -- his love for all music, cooking, reading, and his Electrical Engineering degrees, made Paul a very interesting and loved man.
Paul loved his family, he loved to travel, and loved to entertain. There was never an empty plate or an empty glass when Paul and his wife Karen hosted family or a party for many. His favorite place to visit was Maui, Hawaii. However Paul and Karen traveled extensively around the world during their 27 year marriage. They loved Ireland, and Europe, as well as South America and Asia.
Paul was born and raised in Houston, Texas, before earning his Electrical Engineering degree from Texas Tech in Lubbock in 1963. He married Sally Stuart in 1961, and they moved to The Bay Area in San Jose/San Francisco where Paul worked for IBM for 20 years. They divorced after 5 years. In 1969 Paul married Susan Haigh of Port Townsend, Washington. They raised their two daughters, Kelly and Shannon, in the San Jose area, until their divorce 10 years later. In 1989 Paul met Karen Meyer of Vista, California, and they married on November 24, 1990.
After leaving IBM, Paul was a co-founder of a start-up in San Jose, "CalNet". In 1987 Paul moved to Irvine, California, working for Western Digital, where he met Karen in December 1988. In 1990 Western Digital sold Paul's networking division to Standard Microsystems Corporation in New York. Paul continued on as a Senior Vice-President for SMC's networking division out of Irvine. In 1996 Paul retired from the computer and networking industry. He and Karen moved from Irvine to Truckee, California, in the Sierra mountains, and lived there for 17 years from 1996-2012. In 2012 Paul and Karen moved to San Diego, Karen's hometown.
Paul is survived by his wife Karen, and his two daughters: Kelly (Lake Stevens, WA) and Shannon (Edmonds, WA), and his three grandchildren: William, Emma and Hayden.