Stillwater News Press


July 28, 2012

Paul Benson Blount

Paul Benson Blount   September  4, 1950 – July 14, 2012.

High Flight

“Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soured and swung High in the sunlit silence.  Hov’ring there I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air.Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew- And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untresspassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God.” ~Gillespie Magee

Paul was born to Helen Benson Blount Sept. 4, 1950 in Los Angeles, Calif.  He was raised in Carlsbad, N.M., where he lived until 2007.  He was raised by a group of women who loved him more than life itself, Bessie Benson (Grammy), Helen Benson Blount, Claire Benson Stevens (Auntie) & Charlyn Stevens Jonas (whom he identified as his sister).  Charles Stevens (Idee) did the best he could to be a father to Paul, but was rarely able to get a word in edgewise!  He taught Paul to hunt, fish, camp, spelunk and fostered Paul’s love for motors & engines of all sorts.  Paul loved muscle cars, airplanes (anything air & space), trains and guns.  He loved to tinker with little things that were broken.  He could get through a honey-do list like nothing you have ever seen.  He was generous, loving and silly.  He loved his friends as though they were family. His cats, Nickolas and Alexandra Romanov, were his children since his kids have grown and gone.

Paul was a 1968 graduate of Carlsbad Senior High School. He was a 1971 graduate of the Airframe & Powerplant program at ENMU.  He was a 1986 graduate of the Spartan School of Aeronautics where he received his private pilot’s license.  He loved to fly, it was his passion.  

Paul had worked at Kerr-McGee potash mine, McCausland Aviation, Ford Town and WIPP (1989-2006).  In the last two years he was very active with the Stillwater, Okla., Habitat for Humanity and the Sleepy Hollow Club.

Paul was predeceased by his mother, Helen; his aunt & uncle, Charles & Claire Stevens; cousins, Derek & Rudy Jonas.  He is survived by his daughter Laura Holcomb & husband Corey of Stillwater, Okla.; son Joey Armstrong & wife Michelle of Beaumont, Texas; daughter Lora Hanson of Tucson, Ariz.; cousins Charlyn Jonas, Rodney Jonas & wife Tina and their son, Jordan, of Albuquerque, N.M.  and Michelle Rinard & husband Ray and their son, Dustin, of Midland, Texas.  Paul is also survived by his grandchildren Helen “Betsy” & Kylie Holcomb of Stillwater, Okla.; Cory, Bradley & Tommy Armstrong of Beaumont, Texas and Maggie Hanson of Tucson, Ariz.; ex-wives & good friends Sue Armstrong & Linda Sanders

Honorary pall bearers are: Dan Boyd, Laura Boyd, Travis Humphreys, Tom Duffin, Charlie McIlvain, Arnold Dennison & Paul Paneral

A memorial will be held at a later date which will be published in a separate obituary.

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return.”  ~Leonardo da Vinci (ca. 1500)

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