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Paul J. Myhre

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Paul J. Myhre

May 18, 1939-July 1, 2023

Paul Jerome Myhre of Leavenworth died at home July 1. Born May 18, 1939, in Tacoma, he was the son of Herman J. Myhre and Alice Lucille Freelin Myhre.  He attended schools in Tacoma and graduated in 1966 from Central Washington University.  He taught for a time in Seattle.

He married Diane Crosetto in 1972. The couple moved to Leavenworth to make a home on acreage in Chumstick Valley, where their bundle of joy daughter Megan Kristina was born. The marriage ended in divorce after 10 years.  Paul turned to work as a contractor, specializing in remodeling and custom home design. An avid mountaineer, Paul took the Tacoma Mountaineers climbing class and joined the organization in 1958. He worked as a seasonal ranger at Mount Rainier in the 1960s, was a member of the Stevens Pass ski patrol, and led many climbs on Mount Rainier, including the new Liberty Wall route in 1968. An accomplished climber, he summited many other peaks in the Cascades, Alaska, and Canada. He enjoyed the fellowship of The Extended Family and the Leavenworth Winter Sports group. He will be remembered by locals for his Love of the outdoors and his community.

He attended Faith Lutheran Church and was active in the community, helping establish a coffee house as a local gathering place and helping start  the volunteer recycle program. He also assisted with the construction of the Leavenworth Audubon Center.

He is survived by his daughter, Megan Myhre Martin of Powder Springs, Georgia; grandsons James and Jacob Martin of Powder Springs; brother Richard Myhre of Fort Collins, Colorado;  niece Karen Hanson, Colorado, and nephew Jeff Myhre in Virginia. Arrangements were made by Jones and Jones Funeral Home. A memorial gathering will be held in Leavenworth at a time and place to be announced later.