June 8, 1927 ~ July 13, 2004
Visitation: July 23, 2004 9:00 A.M. â€“ 10:30 A.M. White & Day Mortuary 3215 Sepulveda Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310/379-2446 Mass: July 23, 2004 11:30 A.M. The Church of the Visitation 6561 West 88th Street Westchester, CA 90045 310/216-1145 William Malachico Paz, 77, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2004. He was a Hermosa Beach, California resident. Born on a plantation in Hana, Maui, Bill had been a resident of Southern California for 8 years. Bill was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. A career public servant, Bill worked tirelessly for the FAA, the Navy, and GSA. A highlight of his extensive career was his appointed to Under Secretary of the Navy during the Carter administration. Upon retirement, he continued to travel the world as a consultant to the State Department. He is survived by his daughters, Veronica A. Ohara (Mamoru) and Miulan M. Paz (Joseph Kitchell); and his sons, William J. F. Paz and Mark C. Paz (Beth); and his grandchildren, Michael M. Kestler, Jonathan K. Paz, and Nicholas M. Paz. He is also survived by his sisters, Ruth Tavares-Toma of Sunland CA, Roseline Brito of Kaunakakai, Molokai, and Sally Lau of Kailua, Oahu. In lieu flowers, you may make a gift in the name of William Malachico Paz to the American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org.
Our sympathy to the Paz Ohana from the KBay Barton Ohana. We are thinking of you at this time.
Weâ€™re here today to celebrate our father, William Malachico Paz. He died last week Tuesday at the age of 77. Our father was a remarkable man. He was born into poverty on a plantation in Hawaii, the son of Filipino immigrant laborers. His opportunities were scarce; his future was limited. But with determination, hard work, and a never ceasing push for more, Bill Paz put his face on achievement. Dad never believed in limits. When he was told that a sugarcane worker couldnâ€™t get off the plantation, he found a way. When he was told that opportunities were limited for an uneducated man, he graduated from high school and then from the University of Hawaii. When jobs were difficult to find, he found steady employment that had advancement and a career path. When Dad was told he couldnâ€™t court our late mother, Anita Seu Wah Chang, he won her heart and married her. When Dad was told he couldnâ€™t, he did. And he did it with flourish. Bill Paz was a man of vision. He wanted improvement for himself and his family. He was an ambitious man who worked with a passion. At first the work was just to earn his daily bread, but later the passion turned to a higher purpose. Dad was a career civil servant, serving many years with the Navy, GSA, and the FAA. He was in charge of the civilian evacuation of Vietnam during the fall of Saigon in 1974. He was later appointed to Under Secretary of the Navy. After his retirement, he became a consultant to the State Department, continuing his trips around the world. His expertise and sage council were always in demand. Dad was a generous man and always remembered his humble beginnings. He gave liberally to his church, charitable organizations, family, and to poor souls, down on their luck. Dad was quick to forgive and easy to get along with. He was a soft touch and a kind soul. Dad loved our mother and his children. He pushed education and hard work of all of us. He wanted our best efforts and excellence. He stressed family and always made a home for all of us to return to. His greatest pride was his grandsons, Michael Kestler, Jonathan Paz, and Nicholas Paz. From their births, he contributed in their future and in their education We miss you, Dad, and your love of life. Bill Paz always had a witty sense of humor and a quick laugh. Generous with stories and advice, he knew that teaching a lesson was easier with a light story and with a joke. Disarming and kind, people knew to go to him with questions and problems. It is hard to imagine a world without our Dad. But I think that he missed our mother too much to stay away. Bill Paz left this world only 54 days after his beloved Anita passed away. Weâ€™re sorry he left us so quickly, but we understand why he chose to do so. He loved you all as we loved him. He will be missed by all of us, especially my sister, Veronica Anne Ohara and her husband Mamoru; his son, Bill Paz, Jr.; Mark Paz and his wife Beth, and their sons, Jonathan and Nicholas. Dad will also be missed by his sisters Ruth Tavares-Toma, Roseline Brito, and Sally Lau. I, Lani Paz, will miss my Dad, as will m husband, Joe Kitchell, and our son, Michael Kestler. Good night Dad, and kiss Mom for all of us.
My deepest condolences to Lani and the entire family. Her mention in the obituary of her father\’s generosity, humor and quick laugh prompted me to remember a joyous evening with Mr. Paz. He had come to Cincinnati for a visit and brought a “care package” of food from a traditional luau: loami-loami (sp?) salmon, poi, roast pig, the whole nine yards. Mr. Paz was just the perfect host; stories rolled from him one after the other as he plied us with food and beverage. We all felt like cherished family that night and every time we were in his presence. He will be missed. Caryn Mathes