Paul Harrison Stites was born Saturday, May 29, 1937 at home in Ferndale. He went to be with be with his Lord and Savior April 25, 2017. He was the only son of Clarence and Zella Stites and brother to Marjorie (Bob) Faris.
Paul was a typical Michigan kid, cars, water, fishing, boats and summers as a kid up north. He worked many summers in Detroit, which made him more committed to his education. He graduated from Lawrence Tech with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
He was a great leader, a gifted problem solver and had a full and wonderful career, where he made many lifelong friends and often spoke of the fond memories of those years.
Paul is survived by his wife, Patricia Stites, her children and their many grandchildren. He is also survived by his children, Robert Stites and wife, Mary; children, Stephenie and Robert; son, Bill Stites; daughter, Amy Stites; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and his granddaughter, Sarah Pauline Stites.
Paul was a loving man, a good friend, great father and a devoted husband. He was very creative and funny, but smart is what defined him, so, so smart.
He and Pat spent their later years in southern Arizona and were very involved with their church, serving missions, teaching and being happy. He especially enjoyed the past several years with all of his kids living so close.
Services are at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 381 N. Pomerene Road, Benson, Arizona, on Monday, May 1, at 10 a.m.
Published on April 29, 2017