Paul David Ban passed away September 12, 2018, at the age of 79, in Pocatello, Idaho. Paul was born on March 8, 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in St. Louis and graduated from St. Louis University High (a Jesuit college prep school) in 1957. He received a football scholarship to Missouri University of Columbia where he completed his BA in journalism in 1961. He worked in journalism for a couple years then returned to Missouri University to receive his BS in Zoology around 1967. One of his career highlights was his internship at the St. Louis Green Area under the directorship of Marlin Perkins, director of the St. Louis Zoo and TV host of the Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.
With his wife, Judy (Calamia) Ban and daughter, Gina, he fulfilled his dream of moving out west. He moved to Idaho where he worked for the Idaho Fish and Game department from 1968 to 1974. His first assignment was a game warden and law enforcement officer in Homedale, Id covering all of Owyhee County and then a land manager near McCammon, Idaho. Paul hired onto the Union Pacific Rail Road in 1974 and worked until his retirement in 2001 in Pocatello, Idaho, at the age of 62.
Paul loved his family and friends, animals, nature, reading lots of books, and trips on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Adventure (“whatever comes his way”) was his life. During his biker days he was an active member of the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) in Pocatello, helping with annual fund raisers and toy runs.
Paul was preceeded in death by his mother, Danice (Klarich) Ban, father, Paul Ban Sr., and sister, Deenie Ban. He is survived by his daughter, Gina (Ban) Burton and grandchildren, Paul Anthony Burton and Sarah Kristie Burton.
A celebration of Paul’s life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20th from 6-9pm, at the Sand Trap, 2720 Bannock Hwy, Pocatello, ID. All are invited to attend.