Paul Toupin, 78, of Turlock, was born in Santa Monica, CA to Raymond and Belle Toupin, one of four children. He attended schools in Norwalk and graduated from Excelsior High School in 1954 and received a BA in Business Administration from Cal. State Stanislaus in 1981. He went into the Air Force at age 17. Two years later he returned to Norwalk to marry his high school sweetheart, Wyamah Lindley. Paul attended Cornell University language school in New York where he was a gifted linguist, learning six languages where he graduated number 1 in each class. He served with the National Security Agency in US Embassies in Germany twice, Turkey twice, and in Poland, Thailand, and several locations in the United States with top security rating for a total of 20 years. He and his family moved back to serve in Washington D.C. in 1969 and retired in 1974, and they moved back to California.
Early in his military career Paul volunteered for “Jump School.” He made 66 jumps from an airplane and later joined the San Bernardino Deputy Sheriffs Rescue Squad, jumping often, and assisted in rescues in dangerous situations by jumping.
While living in Poland, Paul rescued a child from a river and was touted as a hero by a Polish Newspaper. This made for good relations with America! Paul’s family members are true-blooded patriots and he recently said that he would go back and serve again if the need arose.
Paul was also an athletic official for many sports for over 55 years.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters Jackie Kronberg and Hilma Bishop. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Wyamah Toupin of Turlock, his 4 children: Cheryl (David) Sorrento of Phoenix, AZ, Renee (Michael) Swiggum of Normal, IL, Michelle Baughan of Turlock, and Cynthia (fiance’ Tony Kiaunis) Toupin of Turlock, one sister Alice Vandermeer, and 6 grandchildren.
Visitation will be at Allen Mortuary on Thursday, Oct. 29th from 4 to 6 pm. Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella on Friday, Oct. 30th at 12:30 pm.
Memorial gifts may be offered to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.