Meet Carlton Senior Living spotlight resident, Paul Moser — Paul was born on February 4, 1924 in Saco, Montana. His father Wilbur was the Superintendent of Schools while his mother Elsie took care of him and his siblings. Paul had a brother named Russel who was four years older and a sister, Marilyn, who was four years his junior. Paul’s family moved many times while he was in school and he spent three years in each location; Shelby, Montana, Palo Alto and San Mateo, California.
He graduated from Pittsburg High School in 1942 where he “lettered” in sports and played the clarinet. The following year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served for three years before being discharged. During his college days, he played football for Cal Berkeley. Paul met his future wife, Barbara, at Cal in 1949 and he graduated with a degree in Journalism that same year.
In 1950, Paul began his career as an educator at Watsonville High School where he also coached football and taught night classes at Cabrillo College. He and Barbara married and settled in Santa Cruz County where they welcomed three beautiful children into their family: Eric, Ann and finally, Susan. Paul was proud to have his children involved in sports and went on to coach their Little League and Pony League baseball teams.
Paul took a position with the San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District in 1966 and in 1981 he received the National Science Scholarship 1-year study grant for math at San Jose State. He received his Administration credential and Master’s Degree in mathematics prior to his retirement in 1983. Paul also co-founded and was the first president of the Bay Federal Credit Union which was the largest between Santa Barbara and San Jose.
Paul and Barbara shared a love of playing Bridge which Paul picked up while he was in the Navy. They started clubs in Watsonville, Aptos and Santa Cruz. The couple also taught the classic strategic card game on several cruise ships and went on over 20 cruises together until Barbara’s passing in 2002.
Always an athlete, Paul immersed himself in many sports. He skied the slopes throughout California, Nevada, and Utah and even once in Switzerland. Closer to home, Paul enjoyed playing hours of pickleball on his own court in Aptos. He played competitive tennis for many years until the age of 92.
Paul met his girlfriend, Jeanne, in 2004 while playing bocce ball in Martinez. Together they enjoyed traveling the world and even explored Russia and China while on their many cruises, 17 in total. From 2004 to 2017 Paul had a “4-3” plan where he would spend four days at his home in Aptos and three days with Jeanne in Martinez.
In April 2018, Paul moved to Carlton Pleasant Hill due to a decrease in mobility and to be closer to his daughter and girlfriend. He still splits his time at Carlton and with Jeanne. Forever a Bears fan, he had been a Cal season ticket holder since 1949 but opted to catch the games on television this year. He also follows the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Green Bay Packers and Golden State Warriors. Paul still goes out weekly to play Bridge with his daughter. He likes to read and listen to classical music – Dvorak being his favorite. He also enjoys spending time with his five grandchildren and is proud that his youngest grandson will be graduating from Syracuse University this year.
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Written by Patrick Coleman